Students learn to take newspapers to new heights

In a computer lab in Michigan State’s Business Complex Center, 42 young journalists sit behind glowing screens eager to take their newspapers to the next level. Taking Your Newspaper to the Edge, taught by C.E. Sikkenga and Tracy Anderson, encompasses the education of the various skills that make a paper click.

“I want to learn how to take a page and catch a reader’s interest,” said Michael Sasmhat, an editor of Stockbridge High School’s newspaper and member of the class.

Anderson echoed Sasmhat’s wishes with her goals as an educator for MIPA.

“We want to teach the students how to really stretch a publication in design, content and how a story is told,” Anderson said. She cited alternative story forms, the use of white space and complete redesign as items to touch on during the week.

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