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publishing a student newspaper

Publishing a Student Newspaper

Michael Connolly

West University Elementary School

Houston ISD


Microsoft Word



Editing images


MS Publisher

Adobe PhotoDeluxe

Kid Pix

getting started
Getting Started

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.

meet with all applicants
Meet with all applicants.

Explain role of "free-lance reporters" and staff reporters.

Pass out guidelines and parent permission letters, snack and parent volunteer sign-up.

first staff meeting
First Staff meeting

Choose Newspaper name

What's New At West U

Monthly Mustang

West U Times

West U. News

Determine columns & solicit story ideas

Record roles and assignments.


Editors - organize stories for their section of the paper:

Front page

What’s happening

Teachers and Students







Comic artists

2 nd meeting
2nd Meeting

Combine instruction with work.

Help students create good interview questions.

What would our readers like to know?

What’s interesting?

Open vs. closed questions.

Personal background.

Review assignments each meeting.

3 rd meeting instruction covering events
3rd MeetingInstruction: Covering Events

Inverted Pyramid






Most important Fact



4 th meeting peer editing
4th Meeting: Peer editing
  • Reading each other’s work
  • Assessment form
  • Rewriting
  • Go back and get more details
  • Make sure there are photos with articles
  • Write captions for photos
5 th meeting
5th Meeting

Final review of paper before distribution.

Start process over again.

Brainstorm ideas for next issue.

Make assignments

6th meeting
6th Meeting

Review paper.

Any articles left out?

Acknowledge everyone’s effort.

Critical review +’s and -’ s

Record changes for next time.

sample issues
Sample Issues

January 2004

Monthly Mustang--our web site

optional field trip
Optional: Field trip

Field trip to the Houston Chronicle.

  • Highly recommended
  • Check restrictions
additional ideas
Additional ideas

News Conference

Techniques for taking Taking Great Pictures

Guest speakers: Reporters or Comic writers such as Bill Hinds - ”Tank McNamara”


  • “Creating A Classroom Newspaper” Houston Chronicle Instructional materials
  • Online Newspaper seminar
Kids In Print by Mark Levin, Good Apple, 1997

The Reporter’s Notebookby mark Levin, Mind Stretch, 2000. 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 skills

text boxes text tool bar
Text Boxes/Text Tool Bar

Choose the Text Box Tool from the Drawing Toolbar

After creating a text box link it to another (empty) text box by right clicking the first text box or going to the Text Box Toolbar and choosing Text box Link Tool

  • Allows you to place text anywhere on page.
  • Can link boxes to continue columns from one column to another or from one page to another page
picture toolbar
Picture Toolbar
  • Insert Pictures
  • Crop Pictures
  • Adjust brightness & contrast
  • Rotate
  • Invert
adobe photodeluxe
Adobe PhotoDeluxe
  • For improving the quality of pictures
  • Scanning Comics
  • Other editing
Picture formats
  • Bitmap - .bmp-photos
  • Gif – for cartoons
  • JPEG – Maximum resolution

Choose “Send to” from the file menu to pick format

microsoft publisher help
Microsoft Publisher Help
  • Tutorial website

  • Microsoft Publisher website