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OUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Like newspapers across the country trying to be viable in an online world, the South Kingstown High Schoolâ€™s newspaper, â€śThe Rebellionâ€ť is also looking for ways to become relevant as an online news source as many of its readers turn to the internet.
Last year, â€śThe Rebellionâ€ť received a $1,000 grant to increase the technological capacity of the newspaper, including buying Kodak cameras.
â€śWe wanted to push the whole paper online where the mediaâ€™s going. Itâ€™ll get us to embrace all of the technology available online,â€ť Matthew Blessing, the newspaper advisor and English teacher said. â€śItâ€™s an evolving class. As we get a handle on web reporting, weâ€™re moving from print newspaper to the web. Itâ€™s a new world.â€ť
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.
â€śWeâ€™re trying to push them to go more in depth and really feature individuals dealing with the real world,â€ť Blessing said.
â€śThe Rebellionâ€ť 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 â€śThe Rebellionâ€ť 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.
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