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News,  May 09, 2006


"At schools nationwide, multimedia projects are coming on strong as the student newspaper fades out. What's the trade-off?

Elizabeth Garcia still has a five-year-old copy of the student newspaper from her freshman year at Mission High School in San Francisco. She kept it all this time not because she wrote for it, nor because her name appears in it, but because it was one of the only issues of the paper she remembers ever being printed, and she'd hoped to write for it one day. But by the time Elizabeth was a sophomore, the paper was no more. “Something happened the next year, and it just wasn’t around anymore,” Elizabeth remembers. “They said it had to do with funding, and the paper was pretty good. It was a pretty big part of the school.”

Around the same time, another media movement was picking up steam at Mission. Soon students throughout the school—not just those in the journalism club—were making media....

Experts say that nationwide, student media is being transformed by multimedia as the traditional newspaper is fading out. So far media production, a critical part of media literacy, is turning out to be far more democratic than traditional school newspapers—engaging a more diverse range of students than just those enrolled in journalism class. But while advocates of student journalism commend the advent of media production in the classroom, they also share Elizabeth’s concern that these projects may not give students the same opportunity that papers have historically done: a voice to discuss the issues most relevant to them."

Posted by hchung on May 09, 2006 | News