Extra, Extra Read All About It!


Extra, extra read all about it in Fulton City School District buildings!
Continuity of collecting and promoting school and community news through several journalism exercises occurs from the elementary buildings, Fulton Junior High School and up to G. Ray Bodley High School.
Granby Elementary School has its own student-driven newspaper club, advised by Librarian Allison Kowalski and Music Teacher Stephany Collins. Fifth-grade and sixth-grade members meet every other Thursday after school to create and produce three newspapers each school year using both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher.
“We have a lot of strong writers; they’re very creative and are in here a lot giving up their recess to write articles,” Kowalski said.
 At Lanigan Elementary School, Sixth Grade Teacher Brad DePoint advises 12 fifth-graders and sixth-graders as they report, record and edit a three-minute Lanigan news bulletin that is played in every classroom every other Friday. DePoint said students highlight character education traits, weather, community events and other school news. They utilize iPad applications to type a script to use as a teleprompter, edit and finalize the news bulletin.
Once students move on to the Fulton Junior High School they may help gather content for the seventh-grade and eighth-grade publication, “The Junior Raider Review.” Technology Teacher Jesse Weigand meets with about one dozen students each Monday after school to help produce the printed and online newspaper.
Students who would like to pursue their journalism interests at the high school level may enroll in Len Senecal’s journalism class and become a part of the RaiderNet Daily staff. Senecal said students contribute content about school events, opinion pieces, sports schedules, sports team events and a former student who is studying meteorology at SUNY Oswego provides a daily weather forecast.
Also at G. Ray Bodley High School is the Monday broadcast of school and community news, overseen by High School Art Teacher Meredith Williams. With a Cannon camera, microphone, sound board, lights, use of the application iMovie, and occasional use of a green screen about 12 students report, edit and broadcast world news, local news, school events, testing information, lunch choices, wellness, finance, science and many other topics in nine-minute segments.
After receiving much positive feedback from staff and community members, Williams said it is her goal to develop advertisements and commercials to build a real broadcast set.