The Viking Times Newspaper Project

BY John Flynn

Wareham High School

Project Description
To continue the school newspaper, The Viking Times. Students will create and produce at least four editions of a student-run newspaper that is at least four pages long and looks like a professional production. Students will work together as the reporters and editors of the newspaper, and they will determine the content and create the layout on PageMaker 7.0. The newspaper will be shared for free with the entire student body (approximately 515 students) and faculty of Wareham High School. We will print 400 copies of each edition: one for November; one for January; one for March; and one for May.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Each edition of The Viking Times will be evaluated by how well students meet deadlines for writing their articles, taking photographs, and creating the layout for each page of the newspaper. The quality of the writing and photography will evaluated by the club advisor and student editors using holistic criteria and the appropriate elements of news judgment (e.g. timeliness, proximity, impact, conflict etc.). Ultimately, the student body and faculty will provide feedback to the staff and advisor about the quality of the final newspaper product. Therefore, I can gauge the success of the final product by how well my students meet deadlines, how thorough their reporting and writing is, and how WHS responds to the final product.

Benefit to the students and the school
Students will benefit from having a “voice” in the school through opinion articles and letters to the editor. This is important to students who may want to see policies change, or, at least, have the opportunity to express their opinions about them in an open forum without fear of recrimination. In addition, the newspaper will inform students about upcoming events and review school performances and athletic competitions. All of these articles will help inform parents and faculty members about the same events and information.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
We will print 400 copies of each edition: one for November; one for January; one for March; and one for May.