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NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEEK: Helping to shape our youth

on October 08, 2013 10:55 AM

We at the Gazette realize the importance of reaching out to the next generation of readers. That’s why we devote so much effort to our Newspaper in Education program and other educational programs.


The NIE program has been a part of the Gazette’s history for 25 years. Each year, thousands of students — and their teachers — participate in the program in every school district in Indiana County. The culmination is our award-winning annual publication in March in which we showcase the work of these young writers, photographers and artists.

But the learning doesn’t end when classes let out. To help encourage reading throughout the summer, the Gazette features the Summer Experience for students of all grade levels, which involves daily activities that can be completed using the newspaper.

Throughout the school year, high school students have a chance to participate in our School News program, which affords them the opportunity to write about the goings on in their schools. Their stories are printed each Friday during the school year. Publication of these columns begins this week.

Each fall, several staffers in the Gazette’s newsroom team up with professors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s journalism department to lead seminars for students from high schools from throughout the region.

The subjects of these seminars include news writing, interviewing techniques, editorial writing, layout and design, and photography. At the end of the day, the students participate in a fun but competitive current events quiz, moderated by reporter Chauncey Ross using questions formulated by Executive Editor Eric Ebeling.

And, later this week, a few newsroom editors have been asked to participate in panel discussions for college journalism students to help get them prepared for work in the industry at the two-day Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Collegiate Media Summit.

PHOTOS: Hastie Kinter, one of the Gazette’s co-owners and coordinator of the newspaper’s Newspaper in Education program, gave a presentation to fourth-graders at McCreery Elementary School in Marion Center.

Kinter congratulated second-grader Joshua Elkin, a first-place finisher in the Gazette’s annual NIE awards.

Christina Bruno, a teacher at Homer-Center High School, said she uses the Gazette as a teaching tool in several of her classes. Pictured in her American history class, clockwise, from left, are 11th-graders Elisabeth Schmidt, Julia Buggey, Eden Pohley, Bungo, Claire Sasala, Emily Wiltrout and Kristina Albright.

Gazette reporter Chauncey Ross discussed interviewing techniques with students who attended the annual high school journalism workshop in September.

The newspaper's annual NIE supplement features the work of thousands of students in Indiana County. The literacy program has won several statewide awards over the years.

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