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N.M. high school wins camera from ASNE

May 12, 2008

RESTON, Va. — ASNE’s High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M., and adviser Martina Gutierrez.

Martina Gutierrez: "The students cheered when I told them we had won."

Her school won a Nikon Coolpix S550 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim, Calif. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, The Ram Prints.

“Receiving this camera is a wonderful surprise for our program," Gutierrez noted. "We share equipment with the yearbook staff, and sometimes cameras are not available for those specific events we need to cover. The camera we purchased 3 years ago took a spill, with an unfortunate staffer, and so this camera replaces a much needed tool in our classroom."

The Ram Prints of Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M.

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

"Teachers are scavengers. We are always on the look out for free stuff, so when I saw the ASNE table at the JEA conference in Anaheim, I was more than eager to sign up for the camera giveaway.

"Thank you ASNE for such a generous gift to our program! The students cheered when I told them we had won."

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

Some of Gutierrez’s journalism students working on the next issue of The Ram Prints.

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.hsj.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.