Educational Technology

Big News: High School Newspaper Goes Online

Penn Manor High School‘s student newspaper, Penn Points, made history today as it launched the 1st 2009-2010 “edition” totally online. Students in Mrs. Susan Baldrige’s High School journalism class have been working since the start of school on a 100% digital, print-free news magazine. Their work and dedication has produced a truly outstanding student news site and blazed a trail for future high school journalism classes to follow.

Moving to a fully online digital news magazine has a number of advantages. Besides the obvious environmental savings gained from not printing tens of thousands of paper pages a year, the newspaper staff will also realize significant efficiencies in publication speed. Specifically, the concept of scheduled “editions” is largely gone; students may publish stories directly to the web as soon as the article is finished. The net result is a student news magazine with the flexibility to publish stories in a much more timely fashion.

Additionally, a fully online student newspaper provides digital delivery to the local community and the entire world. In the past, Penn Points readership was limited to students and staff at Penn Manor High School only. In contrast the online addition may be read by anyone with Internet access. Further, the Penn Points team has made the decision to permit story feedback via the blog comments tool. Comments are open for anyone to use, however, Penn Points editors will continually monitor and approve comments before they are posted live.

Congratulations to Mrs. Baldrige and her student team for taking a risk and trying a new approach to journalism. Check out Penn Points Online and let the student writers know what you think!

2 replies on “Big News: High School Newspaper Goes Online”

This is awesome! It is an unbelievable effort that must have put this together, and it looks wonderful. Kudos to Mrs. Baldridge, all students involved, and tech team that supported getting this launched. As a parent of future PMHS students (Grades 1&2 at Conestoga Elementary), it is great to see the school district embracing technology as PM has done.

Congratulations! Two of our local schools in Chatham County, NC went with online versions this year – Northwood High School and Woods Charter School in Pittsboro, NC. They still do an occasional print version, but most of the content is located on the web. As editor of one of the local county newspapers, Chatham Journal, I am happy to see the future of journalism thriving in our high schools.

Gene Galin

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