After Class: Student Newspaper

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Most high schools produce a regular student newspaper. They can come out monthly, quarterly, or once a semester. At some schools, it’s an after-school activity, while at others, newspaper can be taken as an elective. If you have deep, esoteric interests, working with other students can help you connect your ideas to what your peers are thinking about and what’s happening in your broader communities. Working in journalism can be an exciting way to build experience, enhance your writing skills, and influence your school.

Here are a few benefits to engaging in student journalism once you arrive as a freshman:

  • Colleges love to see students who know how to write and enjoy it.
  • You may end up with a substantial writing portfolio to show for your efforts.
  • You will learn how to manage time wisely as you work under tight deadlines.
  • Covering different topics will expose you to a variety of issues and experiences that may help you discover your own interests.
  • There are opportunities to fill leadership roles such as section editor.
  • You’ll make great friends.


Perhaps this is an opportunity for you, so think about trying it out if it sounds appealing. A great chapter of your life lies ahead, and we want to help you get the most out of it.

Most of all, we want to help you enjoy the next four years of your life even while you are learning and growing from your high school experience.

Jeff Knox


As an education planning resources counselor, Jeff Knox guides both middle school and high school students through their educational careers with an aim toward admissions to selective institutions. His resourceful one-on-one approach to admissions planning encourages students to strategically develop their academic interests and talents and to create a compelling narrative, whether applying for...

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