Publishing a Student Newspaper Michael Connolly West University Elementary School Houston ISD http:es.houstonisd.org/westuniversity Software Microsoft Word Writing Publishing Editing images Drawing MS Publisher Adobe PhotoDeluxe Kid Pix Getting Started
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West University Elementary School
Get approval from principal.
Decide time and place.
Announce to teachers, students and parents.
Copy and distribute applications.
E-mail teachers guidelines for recommendations.
Review applications and recommendations.
Select 18 students.
Begin weekly meetings.
Explain role of "free-lance reporters" and staff reporters.
Pass out guidelines and parent permission letters, snack and parent volunteer sign-up.
Choose Newspaper name
What's New At West U
West U Times
West U. News
Determine columns & solicit story ideas
Record roles and assignments.
Editors - organize stories for their section of the paper:
Teachers and Students
Combine instruction with work.
Help students create good interview questions.
What would our readers like to know?
Open vs. closed questions.
Review assignments each meeting.
Most important Fact
Final review of paper before distribution.
Start process over again.
Brainstorm ideas for next issue.
Any articles left out?
Acknowledge everyone’s effort.
Critical review +’s and -’ s
Record changes for next time.
Monthly Mustang--our web site
Field trip to the Houston Chronicle.
Techniques for taking Taking Great Pictures
Guest speakers: Reporters or Comic writers such as Bill Hinds - ”Tank McNamara”
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR KIDS
The Reporter’s Notebookby mark Levin, Mind Stretch, 2000. http://www.mindsretch.com
http://www.nespa.org/The National Elementary Schools Press Association, an organization that helps elementary and middle schools start and improve school and class newspapers as a means of teaching real-world writing skillsResources
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