High school newspapers join online trend

Welcome to High School Newspaper 2.0: Just like professional newspapers, school newspapers increasingly are moving to the internet to broaden their reach beyond school walls, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The newspaper class at Coral Springs High School is hard at work on the next edition of The Chronicle, adding color to illustrations, writing and editing stories, designing page layouts–not just to send to the printer, but to post on the newspaper’s new online edition. The Chronicle made its first appearance online last month, on a student-designed site linked from the school’s home page, www.coralspringshigh.org. The site is modeled off traditional newspaper sites, and The Chronicle staff hopes it will become a destination for parents, alumni, and community members hoping to learn more about what’s happening at the high school. Coral Springs is one of a handful of schools in Broward and Palm Beach counties that are maintaining separate internet versions of their school newspapers. The Chronicle’s co-editor Catalina Quintana, 17, said she hopes parents and others in the Coral Springs community will see their work now that it’s available online. "We’re really excited," Quintana said. "We hope that people pay more attention to us." The Chronicle staff sees many possibilities for their site, from more frequent updates to separate online content. Currently, the online site is updated when the print edition is released, but "I feel like once we get the hang of it, we can start assigning people specific online stories," Quintana said.?It also provides valuable experience for the students. Taylor Kourim, 17, who designed the site, said her work designing and updating the online newspaper is "a lead-in for the more complicated things I’ll tackle in college…"

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