This article appeared in "The Post & Mail" on January 26, 2006:
High School Paper Reborn
By Jenica Schultz,
City High School's student newspaper has been resurrected.
budget and technology restraints forced the newspaper, then known as The
Eagle, to fold. Last year, advisor Lori Brehm started the student newspaper
back up again, with the help of her student staff and the support of Principal
Steve Doepker, who helped her create the school's first-ever newspaper class.
the 15-year lapse in publication, CCHS has had a student newspaper since the
mid-1930s. Bob Brittain, who was the advisor when the paper folded, said
having a newspaper production class makes a huge difference in creating the
paper. When he was the advisor, it was difficult to create content and meet
weekly deadlines when students were only able to meet after school.
maybe one of the biggest problems was students didn't have time to do it
without a class,” Brittain said.
switched to a biweekly print schedule six years before it folded.
Doepker for a newspaper class after being inspired by high school newspapers
she saw at a Franklin College conference. Doepker told her she could start a
class if enough students showed interest.
student newspaper, called The Talon, first printed last year. Money, one of
the reasons The Eagle folded, has not been an issue for The Talon. The monthly
paper costs $300 an edition to print, and it is entirely self-sufficient.
Every issue is paid for by dollars raised through ad space sold by students.
The cost production has lessened since Brittain advised the paper, in part
because it is now designed on computers the school already had.
Jessica Miller, Talon editor, said putting together the first edition of the
paper was chaotic.
remember the first paper last year. We were rushed, and you could tell that
things weren't worked out. Now we have a feel for everything, and we know how
things should look. It just comes together a lot easier,” she said.
has edited the paper since it began, said her staff has learned a lot about
writing and newspaper design. She has seen improvements in the paper since it
first year of production, The Talon won awards at Ball State University's High
School Journalism Day for graphics and advertising.
we were all just a bunch of novices trying to see what would happen, and it
worked,” Brehm said.
she loves the chaotic, creative environment of the student newsroom.
to procrastinate. They all need to do something last minute, but they've
always pulled it off. I think that's what it's like in a real newspaper room,”
she said. “I love working in a busy atmosphere, and it's not your typical
year, Brehm, who is also the yearbook advisor, takes her publication staffs to
the Columbia Scholastic Press Association workshop at Columbia University in
New York City. The student publication staffs are currently trying to raise
$500 a piece for the trip this March. (Note: CCHSAA contributed $100
for the trip, which was made.)
workshop includes lectures on various journalism and newspaper production
topics, from writing to design to advertising. Students will be in classes
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. They will also have the opportunity to explore
some of New York City's cultural sites...
(Ed. Note: Alumni wanting to make a donation
to support the new school newspaper,
should make checks out to CCHSAA & mail to 600 N. Whitley St., Columbia
City, IN 46725 with a note that it's for the school newspaper.)