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Future journalists hone their skills at Prout School

December 16, 2010

Photo By Kathleen McKiernan Members of The Prout School newspaper The Crusader Chronicle have been honing their journalism skills through writing for the quarterly periodical.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Whether it’s the latest music review, a letter to future freshman or an editorial about parking woes, the new Prout School student newspaper, The Crusader Chronicle offers students a creative outlet to having their voices heard.

“It gives you a place to write and you can actually see your work published. It’s free form. You’re free to write about what you want as long as you clear it with editors,” Sarah Marasco, a writer for the newspaper said.

The Crusader Chronicle had its first issue last January when senior Peter Ragosta had the idea of starting a student newspaper at the school.
“I think the students in our school need the voice and a way to express themselves. I wanted it to be a creative type of publication. I didn’t want it to be too restrictive on anyone. We wanted to get everyone together for meetings and make it so everyone has a voice. The paper is for everyone. It gives us a voice to have the administration hear us,” Ragosta, the editor-in-chief said.

The newspaper is produced quarterly in a newsletter format with a colored front page. Ragosta said it takes three weeks to produce each issue to give students enough time to write their stories and to edit them. There is one editor-in-chief and each class has two editors.

“It’s about 15 kids that really get along. It’s really good chemistry. It’s been really positive. It’s something for the kids to be proud of,” Ray Xavier, an advisor to the newspaper and guidance counselor at the school said.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times

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