Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Student Run Media: the Real Hyperlocal Journalism

by Shelly Blake-Plock

The students on our school's newspaper do a bang-up job. They tend to be the kids I see working early in the morning and late into the evening as teachers are closing up shop and the maintenance crew is getting to work. And they put out a good paper, both in print and online; I'm especially fond of the opinion pages (go figure). Check it out at: and follow them @JCPatriot on Twitter.

I bring this up not just as a plug for our school's paper, but because I see student run media -- especially online and connected student run media -- as a perfect form of hyperlocal journalism. I think there is a lot to be learned from how student writers and editors cover their "local market" and in the ways they present their findings, investigations, observations, and opinions to the wider world. I would love to see a connected and organized student run media network develop online -- something that could connect student journalists in hyperlocal markets throughout the world... something with a tag like #studentmedia or #hyperschool or #k12voice.

I would love to help our students connect with other student journalists out there; if you've got leads, leave 'em in the comments. And thanks.


  1. We need student journalists more than ever. It is always the student voices that get left out of the political rhetoric around education.

    Philly just had 3 student walkouts at area high schools. Now imagine if those students could share their voices with the larger community/world?!

  2. The newspaper is great. What software do the students use?

  3. I never really understood how in rebellion you are until I read the newspaper article about your geography exam! As the irish say....our day shall come!

  4. Hi, is a hyperlocal news site looking for more contributions from student journalists.

    It is more for sharing their voices with the larger community/world as mshertz mentioned.


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