In our unscientific survey of school newspapers, we found students reporting on a huge range of issues, from robotics competitions to school health policies. Take a look at what the high school papers are saying.
Despite the fractured fall semester, high school journalists have managed to publish at least one edition of their school papers. Here’s a summary of the top news from the student members of the press.
It was a frustrating and cold November in the Rockways, one of the areas of New York City hit hardest by Sandy’s storm surge. Thousands of residents in this coastal community were left without power or heat — and some are still waiting for service. One local teenager borrowed a camera from his high school and took on the assignment of documenting what life is really like on the peninsula post-Sandy.
SchoolBook holds its first teach-in Tuesday about “How to Bring Tough Conversations Into the Classroom.” Meanwhile, East Side Community School on the Lower East Side figured out a way to handle an event that walked from the front page into many classrooms: the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Students organized a Hoodie Day, and as one wrote for the school newspaper, The East Sider, “It was especially important for us to bring this to the students’ attention because most of us at East Side look like Trayvon.”
Student newspapers at New York City high schools don’t have much of a Web presence, but oftentimes it’s because students look forward to distributing their newspapers “hot off the presses.”
Students at Stuyvesant High School write that cheating on SAT’s is doable and done, partly because of the pressure students feel about the test and the lack of repercussions for dishonesty. And as one student put it, “We are living in an era where knowing the material isn’t as important as proving you know it through exams, and that is a big problem.”
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