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Summer 6-Students Rock

Posted on | July 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

How about this?

Once a month, Chicago-area high school students make a trip to the Tribune Tower, home of the Chicago Tribune, to discuss the next issue of The Mash, a student-generated newspaper. Launched in 2008, the program has now expanded to more than 200 high schools in Chicago and nearby suburbs, reaching 175,000 teenagers weekly.

I pulled this write up from Editor & Publisher, one of my favorite trade journals.

Product manager Maggie Wartik said the goal is to create a reliable news source created by teens for teens. “By allowing the teens to own the brand, we hope to engage the students more,” she said. One of Wartik’s responsibilities is to visit schools to inform faculty members about the program (and add distribution spots for the 75,000 free copies delivered to high school campuses). She also finds students who are interested in applying to work at the publication. In addition to Wartik, there are four other adults on staff at The Mash — an editor, two assistant editors, and one designer. But the majority of the content is generated by the students.

Check out the website.

OK, so why aren’t the UAE newspapers doing anything like this?

This is just cool.


2 Responses to “Summer 6-Students Rock”

  1. Elham
    July 30th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Teens and young people in UAE usually don’t read newspaper because the content are not attractive. Moreover, we prefer to follow our favorite news via visual media like TV or online streaming, which is based on entertainment.” TV had to create a fake world to fit it’s needs, and we, the audience, watched the fake world on TV(Cultivation theory), and internet worship a different god: Traffic. Fake news ” Trust me, I’m lying book page 231. It would be a wonderful suggestion if publishers involve us(students)to choose and write our favorite and reliable news with our favorite page designs. So the culture of reading in U.A.E would improve. This is our(students) responsibility to start. We will do that soon… Thank you James.

  2. James
    July 30th, 2012 @ 4:15 pm


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