What made you decide to start a newspaper in the Middle School?
We have a great number of creative kids in the Middle School after school program and I thought, why not put everyone’s creative talent to a productive purpose?
What goes into making a successful newspaper?
You need people who are willing to put in the work and people have to be willing to do the same amount of work as everyone involved. You also need people with great editorial qualities who have the ability to think on their feet and quickly work through problems. But you definitely need to have people who are able to have fun with the project and explore their own creativity.
What different jobs do the team members have who help put together the newspaper?
You need “authors” who can express themselves well through words and “creators” who have ideas and are able to put those ideas into visual context.
What advice do you have for a student who wants to start a newspaper from scratch?
It’s actually a lot of work! You need to have a vision and an editorial mind. Also, you need to be a great team player and respect the process and use your time effectively. Commit to the projects, work hard, and be nice and respect your team. If you’re not willing to do that, then you should not start a newspaper. If you are willing to do that, take advantage of your resources and go for it! You could make something great!
Would you like to add anything?
Thank you to everyone that has helped and supported the newspaper! And thank you to those students and adults who have dedicated their time to help.