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This Newswoman Is No Lois Lane

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

This Newswoman Is No Lois Lane

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Truth, justice, and a comics heroine who makes deadline

She's stronger than an overbearing editor. Faster than a deadline- crazed copy desk. Able to leap rival reporters to any scoop. Not Batgirl. Not Supergirl. Not even Helen Thomas.

It's Chip Tracer -- cyberjournalist and hero to news-loving kids everywhere. Sprung from the pages of Long Island, N.Y.'s Newsday some four years ago to bring current events and historical figures to life, young Chip has told tales of Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, and 1996 presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.

Her most recent adventure, a six-week chronicling of Young Al (Gore) and Young George (Bush), brought to newish readers the history and backgrounds of the 2000 major party presidential nominees through comic strips that ran on Newsday's thrice-weekly "Student Briefing Page."

"It's a multilevel approach to get young people to read the newspaper," said Veronica Jennings, Newsday's content development project manager. …

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