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January 31, 2012

Newspaper Class Helps Students Grow as Writers

by The Centinal

By Faith Middleton – Staff Writer

Centennial has a wide array of classes that can help students in their career interests. One such class is eighth hour Newspaper, supervised by Ms. McQueen.

The Newspaper staff produces the Online Centinal. Each staff member writes 1-2 stories per month; editors then triple-check the stories for proper grammar usage and journalistic style.

“Being able to write articles about what I really want to write about [is my favorite thing about newspaper],” Omar Sharif, staff writer, said.

The transition to purely online press occurred at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. In previous semesters, the newspaper was printed. Online news saves ink, paper and the cost of production. McQueen explained the advantages of publishing digital news.

“We can update whenever events warrant,” McQueen said. “Eventually we can add sound and video [to the website]. [Students] need to know how to produce an online publication.”

The class is an elective option for current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors as they register for next year.  To enroll in the class, you must obtain an application from your counselor.

Newspaper is quite a useful class, even if you aren’t interested in pursuing a journalism career. The interviewing helps develop communication skills and writing is useful in most job fields.

“Writing will help me when I’m dealing with people in the business world,” Megan Wolter, Opinion Editor, said.

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