From college applications to chlamydia, movie reviews to sports reports, the Oaktown Teen Times covers it all in its January issue – or all that will fit in eight pages.
The publication is part of the Scholastic Journalism Initiative, an attempt to revive high school journalism. The regular student reporters for the Teen Times are from Media, Skyline and Unity high schools, but the initiative is open to all schools. (The Tribune’s Bay Area company prints it for free, and one of my colleagues, Kristin Bender, is a writing coach.)
Lisa Shafer, a former newspaper reporter and a teacher at Fremont Federation’s Media Academy, noted that a number of high schools — including Oakland Tech, Castlemont and McClymonds – no longer have newspapers.
OK, so I’m obviously biased when it comes to this topic. I can’t imagine my high school experience without staying up until all hours on “Press Night” once a month, trying to get The Torch properly laid out.
In all seriousness, though: Why do you think Oakland’s high school newspapers have dwindled and/or diminished, and to what effect? (I guess I could ask the same thing about the newspaper industry, but that discussion is too depressing. Let’s stick to student papers.)