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High school newspaper moving from print to Web

March 20, 2011

OUTH KINGSTOWN—Like newspapers across the country trying to be viable in an online world, the South Kingstown High School’s newspaper, “The Rebellion” is also looking for ways to become relevant as an online news source as many of its readers turn to the internet.

Last year, “The Rebellion” received a $1,000 grant to increase the technological capacity of the newspaper, including buying Kodak cameras.
“We wanted to push the whole paper online where the media’s going. It’ll get us to embrace all of the technology available online,” Matthew Blessing, the newspaper advisor and English teacher said. “It’s an evolving class. As we get a handle on web reporting, we’re moving from print newspaper to the web. It’s a new world.”

Recently, the student newspaper even reduced its number of issues per year from six to four to allow students to focus on developing an online focus. Having only four issues would also allow students to write more in depth stories and feature extensive coverage of school issues.
“We’re trying to push them to go more in depth and really feature individuals dealing with the real world,” Blessing said.

“The Rebellion” started as an after school activity 22 years ago in 1989, but eventually became an elective class for students in order to put out a consistent newspaper and make it more convenient for students who often have many after school extracurricular activities. Blessing became the teacher advisor in 2002.

To be a part of the newspaper staff, students can take “The Rebellion” course, a four year elective. Blessing said students can take the course for three straight years. Students take the class as sophomores after passing freshman English. For seniors, there is an advanced reporting course to allow them to write more in depth stories. Although many of the students on the staff take the course, students can participate after school, writing stories and developing the newspaper.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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