Advisers and Editors Center
The High School Newspaper
Here at Makemynewspaper.com, we specialize in helping schools create a newspaper. Using our free online cloud designer, your school can make a newspaper that will not only give your students journalism experience, but give them an outlet to be heard. There are many advantages to having a school newspaper. Here are a few:
WHAT A NEWSPAPER MEANS TO THE STUDENTS
Students need an outlet for their creativity, ideas, and developing critical thinking skills. A school newspaper is the perfect medium to allow responsible expression, challenging of ideas, peer-to-peer influence, and much more.
At the High School level, students are essentially adults with developing maturity, ideas, philosophies, and identities. A newspaper can be instrumental in shaping opinion, perspective, and debate—all of which are invaluable when entering the workplace and contributing to society. With a newspaper, students have a voice and can learn invaluable skills that will aid them in their future. For example:
- Writing Skills – Students involved with a newspaper can learn essential writing and journalism skills that give them a leg up in their future. The ability to communicate is a vital skill in any workplace environment, and writing helps develop that skill.
- Graphic Design – A newspaper can give students experience with layout and design techniques.
- Expanded Resume – Working for a school newspaper is something that students can put on their resumes. A school newspaper provides real-world experience that exceeds a classroom assignment—because it isn’t a classroom assignment.
- Internships – Working for a school newspaper may provide students with possible internship positions in various journalism fields. Since they have the experience and even able to share their work, this gives them an advantage in this area.
A student newspaper is an invaluable resource for any school and student.
WHAT A NEWSPAPER MEANS TO THE ADMIN
The school administration also profits from having a school newspaper. If the newspaper is run by the students, the administration will be more plugged into the pulse of the student body, able to understand and know what is important to the students. More than that, the administration is able to:
- Know what is important to the students
- Keep up with latest fads and trends
- Get a general sense of moral
- Discover problems and issues not shared with the administration
- Connect students more strongly to the school
- Provide students with essential skills
- Create new interaction with the students
- Helps keep parents and the community informed
WHAT A NEWSPAPER MEANS TO PARENTS
No doubt every parent has had this kind of conversation with his/her High School student:
Parent: “How was school today?”
Parent: “Anything exciting happen?”
Parent: “Um…you doing okay in school?”
Student: “Guess so.”
Parent: “Well tell me if anything new or exciting happens.”
What a student thinks is important at the moment of that conversation is so completely different than what the parent is hoping to get. The student subconsciously knows this and figures the parents couldn’t really relate to what he or she thinks is important, and so you get the above conversation.
A newspaper, helps keep the parents informed of the goings on in the school and it generates topics of conversations that a parent can introduce that may very well be important to his or her High School student. Parents will find a school newspaper a very informative and valuable tool.
START A NEWSPAPER
Here at MakeMyNewspaper, we can help you get a newspaper up and running at your school. To begin with, learn how to get a newspaper started in your school. A high school newspaper will be one of the highlights of your school. Involving as much of the student body as possible will only increase the appeal of a printed school newspaper.
SEE WHAT OTHER SCHOOLS ARE DOING
Below are just a few examples of what other schools are doing with their newspapers. Take a look and become inspired and find ideas.
Free Cloud Designer Templates
Our templates are 100% customizable, super user-friendly, and designed specifically to help you create outstanding school newspapers with our free Cloud Designer. Below are a few of the 100s of templates available to you. The first three show the various sizes we offer.