Aviation High School Gets Grant To Train Students As New Media Journalists

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The Highline School District announced Tuesday (March 29) that students from Aviation High School “will become reporters, photojournalists, content creators, editors, and publishers of a multimedia news source, thanks to a technology grant from the Qwest Foundation.”

Aviation Teacher Jacob Savishinsky was awarded a $10,000 grant for his project, which has students doing investigative journalism and web-based publishing. The project will use the toolkit of today’s publishing industry — Web 2.0 cloud-based software and storage.

Industry professionals will train students to build a secure, cloud-based production system and distribution network. Young journalists will learn first-hand about investigative research, journalistic ethics, story creation, and community interaction with the news.

Workshops and mentoring on good business practices and organizational management are part of the project. To ensure that the program sustains itself for years to come, the grant includes development of a training program for new students.

Savishinsky is one of only nine teachers in the state to win the grant.

The Qwest Foundation funds the competitive Teachers & Technology grant program to recognize K-12 educators who are creative technology integrators.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On behalf of The B-Town Blog, we welcome these students to the exciting world of internet publishing. We’ve been doing it for over three years now, and we find it’s a fun and very fulfilling gig, but also one that requires diligence, intelligence and the ability to report news using established journalistic ethics and techniques.

Our Advice, delivered in a style similar to a classic scene from Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate”:

B-Town Blog: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Aviation HS: Yes, sir.
B-Town Blog: Are you listening?
Aviation HS: Yes, I am.
B-Town Blog: WordPress.
Aviation HS: Just how do you mean that, sir?

We wish them the best, and look forward to seeing their work!]

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