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I was a high school newspaper adviser for four years. We published bimonthly, but our newspaper was 12-16 pages long. How often you publish will depend upon several things: how many pages your newspaper will be, how dedicated your newspaper staff is, the funding to produce the cost of each issue, and how successful you are at delegating responsibility. Here is some advice:
1. Start simply and expand. You should set a goal to publish four to six times during the first year and if successful, expand.
2. Treat your class newspaper as a professional enterprise. Make sure that each member has a duty. (editor, sports editer, news editor, features editor, copywriters, newspaper designer, columnist, sports reporter, etc.)
3. Set and enforce deadlines.
4. Make sure that you allocate time to edit the final paper before it is printed. Let your students know that until the paper is put to bed there is no such thing as a final copy.
5. Be on the lookout for successful ideas.
6. Don't try and reinvent the wheel--model your program after an already successful middle school newspaper.
7. Have lots of fun and good luck!

Websites to consider:
http://www.nespa.org/KidsinPrint.htm
Create Your Own Newspaper-- http://www.crayon.net/
School Newspaper Unit--commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/letsnet/noframes/BigIdeas/B6/B6U3.html
Newspapers in Education--Middle school writing--
litsite.alaska.edu/uaa/workbooks/midnewswrite.html

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Susan Dee 10-20-2005 01:04 PM

I was a high school newspaper adviser for four years. We published bimonthly, but our newspaper was 12-16 pages long. How often you publish will depend upon several things: how many pages your newspaper will be, how dedicated your newspaper staff is, the funding to produce the cost of each issue, and how successful you are at delegating responsibility. Here is some advice:
1. Start simply and expand. You should set a goal to publish four to six times during the first year and if successful, expand.
2. Treat your class newspaper as a professional enterprise. Make sure that each member has a duty. (editor, sports editer, news editor, features editor, copywriters, newspaper designer, columnist, sports reporter, etc.)
3. Set and enforce deadlines.
4. Make sure that you allocate time to edit the final paper before it is printed. Let your students know that until the paper is put to bed there is no such thing as a final copy.
5. Be on the lookout for successful ideas.
6. Don't try and reinvent the wheel--model your program after an already successful middle school newspaper.
7. Have lots of fun and good luck!

Websites to consider:
http://www.nespa.org/KidsinPrint.htm
Create Your Own Newspaper-- http://www.crayon.net/
School Newspaper Unit--commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/letsnet/noframes/BigIdeas/B6/B6U3.html
Newspapers in Education--Middle school writing--
litsite.alaska.edu/uaa/workbooks/midnewswrite.html

TP 10-17-2005 02:44 PM

I did a classroom newspaper with my 5th graders each month last year, and I'm part of a newspaper club for 4th and 5th graders this year. I've found both years that the kids are an amazing source for article ideas. By 5th grade, many of them listen to the news or see it on tv, so they know what's going on in the world. They also can tell you what's happening at school, what's needed, etc. I would definitely start with your kids to see what sections they want in the paper, then brainstorm ideas to fall into each section. Last year, I published monthly, but this year since it's a school newspaper, we are aiming for every nine weeks, maybe 2x a nine weeks if possible. Hope this helps!

Traci

tlrogers 10-02-2005 11:18 AM

I'm working with a group of 5th grade students to publish a newspaper.
How many times a year can we reasonaby expect to publish?
Where can I get ideas for article?

Thanks so much!




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