These students are on the Newsmagazine staff at my school. They are senior high kids from 9th-12th grade. They are student reporters that are stuck at home right now due to school closures.
Being on the staff allows the students to share their voices with their school and community, even from home.
They are bright and creative in so many ways. Some love to write, others love to edit, and yet others love to design. These students take industry certification exams in Adobe software which will help them in future careers.
My school is in a suburban area of Florida and the population is predominantly minority.
My students write for the school's newsmagazine. They are responsible for writing the articles and designing the pages. They produce up to four issues each year covering topics from school news to world news and from entertainment to sports.
While learning these technological skills is wonderful, being able to see their work in print is what is so exciting for my students.
Because of the school closures, my students only got a chance to fully print their first two issues. However, in spite of the quarantine, they worked from home and put out a third issue digitally, which will probably also be the fate of our fourth issue. Besides funding the second issue, we would like to do a short run of issues three and four so that the students can get physical copies of the magazine for their resumes, college applications and real-world job searches.
Many of the editors are seniors this year, and they are heartbroken that they will not have copies of their final issues.
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