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Miss. high school wins camera from ASNE

Dec. 5, 2007

RESTON, Va. — ASNE’s High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Terry High School in Terry, Miss., and adviser Lisa May.

Lisa May: Winning the camera “makes my students feel like authentic journalists.”

Her school won a Nikon Coolpix S50 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Philadelphia. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, The Terry High Times.

“We have been using a student’s old camera for our pictures,” May noted, “Winning this camera from ASNE is so great because it gives other students the opportunity to take pictures. My students were so excited when they learned that I won the camera and that we would have something new for our journalism class.”

The Terry High Times of Terry, Miss.

May entered by visiting ASNE’s booth at the Philadelphia journalism convention and filling out an entry form.

Getting to JEA was a challenge in itself, she wrote. “Attending the JEA conference was a blessing as I received scholarships and met so many people who are willing to help me through teaching journalism. …

“I believe that winning this camera has motivated me to work more with students who don’t have the money to buy a camera but who are interested in photography. It has definitely motivated my students to go want to go out and take more pictures. … It makes my students feel like authentic journalists.”

ASNE will also have a booth at the upcoming Anaheim, Calif., high school journalism convention in February, where it will give away another camera, something it’s been doing since 2001.

Some of May’s journalism students working in class.

The ASNE High School Journalism Initiative serves scholastic journalism through the ASNE Partnerships program, which matches daily newspapers and high school journalism programs in need; highschooljournalism.org, a Web site for people interested in improving scholastic journalism; the ASNE/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service, a wire service for scholastic newspapers; my.highschooljournalism.org and my.schooljournalism.org, a site for hosting elementary and middle school newspapers; and the High School National Ad Network for bringing national advertising to scholastic newspapers.

ASNE is the principal organization of the top editors at daily newspapers throughout the Americas. Founded in 1922 as a non-profit professional organization, ASNE focuses on the professional development of its members and journalism-related issues, including the First Amendment, readership, newsroom staff diversity, journalism education, editorial innovation, journalism credibility and the newspaper’s role in providing information necessary to the informed practice of citizenship.