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Inner-City High Schools That Publish Newspapers Are on the Decline

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Inner-City High Schools That Publish Newspapers Are on the Decline

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Eighty-five percent of inner-city high schools still publish a newspaper but an "alarming" number of papers have folded in the past five years, according to a university study.

This should cause concern to the nation's newspapers trying to diversify staffs and create future readers in the minority communities, said the study's author, Mary Arnold, program associate for scholastic journalism at the University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Of the school newspapers still being published, 38% come out only four or five times a year, 20% once a month, and 11% less than four times a year, according to the survey.

Arnold, who presented her findings at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Kansas City, sent questionnaires to a random sample of 267 metropolitan high schools last February. She received responses from the principals of 135 schools across the nation.

Arnold said the good news is that 127 schools are publishing a paper. The bad news is that of the 19 schools not publishing, 17 of the papers died in the past five years, mostly because of lack of funding for production costs. Other reasons included no qualified faculty, no money for an adviser's salary, and little student interest.

Arnold said support for high school newspapers should come from the newspaper industry and colleges and universities which seek to diversify their staffs and student bodies.

"Without some sort of help and support, most programs will continue to limp along by providing old news to disinterested students," she warned. …

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