Scholastic Newspaper Production

by Dianne Smith


Course Description:

Scholastic Newspaper Production is a basic guide to the creation, production and distribution of the scholastic newspaper. It breaks the course down into pre-production, production and post-production activities, and includes a variety of production schedules, ranging from bi-weekly to quarterly. The newspaper/newsmagazine staff will be able to adapt one of the production schedules to their needs. Activities to reinforce knowledge and skills in journalism history, law and ethics, copyediting, layout and design and leadership skills are included. Training materials for new staffers are included, and are flexible enough to be used at any time of the year. The course will take student staffers through the basics in pre-production, including staff organization, job descriptions, work-flow routines and practice exercises; into the actual production of each issue from start to finish; then into post-production activities, including staff and professional critiquing and the keeping of a professional portfolio by all staff members. Information and ideas on fund raising, advertising sales and subscription sales are also included. Advisers will also receive an extensive list of resources, including publications, listservs, web sites, organizations, evaluation services and workshops.

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Having edited my first newspaper in 1953, worked on my own high school newspaper since 1957 and advised a high school paper since 1964, I know what is involved. I worked in the start from a personal vision (stil do) and enormous ambition and chewed by way through every source of help available. Nothing of this scope was available. Any beginner today would have a tremendous advantage with this feast spread before him or her to work from. Everything is presented clearly, at a down-to-earth level and with a realistic view of what can and cannot be achieved depending on local circumstances. This is the book many new advisers doubtlessly have hoped and prayed for. It is hefty but almost anything any newcomer would wonder about is here. It is crisp and current. I would have liked more illustrations of pages from top-rated publications, particularly those which wander successfully from the beaten track. I can't think of a book like this, or one so logically organized and presented. --

Wayne Brasler, Journalism Department Chair, University of Chicago Lab School; Author of The Newspaper Guide Book, published by the National Scholastic Press Association.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Pre-Production
  2. Reporting and Editing
  3. Coverage
  4. Packaging
  5. Advertising, Subscriptions and other Fundraisers
  1. Production
  2. Post Production and Distribution
  3. Evaluation Services, Contests, Conventions and
  4. Going Online with the Student Newspaper

These instructional support materials (available in print or eBook versions), regularly updated, cover the complete course (at regular, honors, AP and IB levels), whether it be semester, year or 2-year (IB) with daily support for all aspects of instruction. The Teacher’s Edition includes a syllabus; correlation to standards; daily pacing guide; detailed daily lesson plans; teacher edition of student activity book or lab manual with answers; class notes in PDF (for use as color overheads) and/or editable PowerPoint's (for use with light projector or smartboard); and complete editable assessments. Classroom sets include 25 printed student books and Teacher Edition with DVD. Samples are available for each course (including complete short-term limited screen view versions in eBook format upon request). After purchase of the Teacher Edition in any of the various editions, student activity books or lab manuals are available for individual purchase. Although the online eBook version is screen view only, other versions are available that allow printing student material. Click here for details.

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Teacher Edition Subscription - eBook Version
screen view files only, typically purchased with student eBooks, timely delivery to qualified purchasers, includes 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher
Qty: $279 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-910-1
Teacher Edition Subscription Printed Version
Teacher Manual
Includes 3 times email access
to a mentoring teacher.
Qty: $349 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-264-5
Class Set with perpetual license - Printed Version
includes printed teacher manual, 25 printed student books and 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher.
Qty: $899 US

Page count is Teacher Edition and number of Student Books.
Class Set download files
ISBN: 978-1-59657-911-8
Student eBook
screen view files only, timely delivery to qualified purchasers
Qty: $21 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-550-9
Printed Student Book
concurrent or prior Teacher Edition purchase is required.
Qty: $26 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-265-2
Mentoring Teacher Program Subscription
This subscription allows for 25 times email
access to the mentoring teacher
for 370 days or end of next school year whichever is longer if purchased after Dec. 1
concurrent or prior Teacher Edition purchase is required
Qty: $200 US

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