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If you’re a high school student interested in journalism, or if you’re a teacher or parent trying to help your students build an online news site, please come to our first High School Student News Workshop Feb. 5.

We’ll talk about the future of news and then you can choose a whole morning of programs and break-out sessions featuring voiceofsandiego.org staff and SDSU professor Amy Schmitz Weiss.

It’s not easy to move the traditional student newspaper into the digital age. Come talk to some who have done it, others who can help you do it and others who just want to explore new ideas.

Going online with student news brings a host of advantages: lower cost, more frequency and relevance, and a learning environment closer to the real world. There are new things to consider like crowdsourcing, engaging readers, the complexity of analyzing real-time polls, and the mix of blogging and longer stories.

Whether your school publishes only online, in print and online, in print, or not at all, this workshop has something new for you. Take a look at the details here.

Date: Saturday, February 5th

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: San Diego Foundation building in Liberty Station (Point Loma). 2508 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106.

There is no cost to attend the program, but advance registration is required by February 1, 2011. To register, simply email summer@voiceofsandiego.org with your name and the school you attend.

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Your hard work covering school and neighborhood issues may deserve more than a pat on the back.

voiceofsandiego.org would like to celebrate excellence in student news and promote online platforms for high school journalism with the VOSD Awards for Excellence in High School Journalism. We’re calling for your best entries in the following categories: best news story, best editorial, best feature, best photograph or video and best online news website. And, there’s a $500 prize for each category.

The contest is open to all school-sponsored student newspapers or student news websites in San Diego County public schools. Eligible work must have been originally published during the 2010-2011 school year (between August 2010 and May 6, 2011). Deadline to submit is: May 6, 2011.

Entries will be judged on journalistic style and quality, relevance to the student audience, and insightfulness.

Ready to send yours in? Get more information and download the entry form here. Questions about the contest should be sent to camille@voiceofsandiego.org.

Also, a special thanks to our generous awards sponsors Bob, Karen, and Heather Bowden.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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