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Student newspaper strives to keep school informed

A group of students at Rocky Mountain H.S. are on a mission to keep their school informed (KBOI Staff).

Rumors run rampant in high school – often going unchecked for accuracy. So, it's not difficult to see how a student newspaper could serve as a useful fact-finding tool.

Journalism is, by definition, the act of gathering, assessing and presenting accurate information.

A group of students at Rocky Mountain H.S. are on a mission to keep their school informed – and they take their journalistic responsibility very seriously.

"It helps get the news out," said Jeremiah Jensen, a Junior at Rocky Mountain. "You can hear the opinions of students and [the] administration. It's a helpful resource to have."

Each month, the students in Danielle Blumhardt's newspaper class disseminate more than 1,000 newspapers throughout the school. Each issue is 16-pages and includes surveys, essays, and information on upcoming events – every page is written and designed by the students themselves.

"I don't think people realize how much effort we have to put into it," said Kielee Rustici, a Junior at Rocky Mountain. "It takes a long time to get the articles submitted, edit those... and get a layout figured out."

The students say one of the most challenging parts is tracking down stories and then verifying the details.

"We try to listen for rumors from the other students, [like] people talking about stuff that's going to be big," said Tyler Mercoglino, a Senior at Rocky Mountain. "[But] you don't want to just trust the information they give. You try to get more than one source."

This is Ms. Blumhardt's first year teaching the course. She hopes someday down the road to pioneer an 'Intro to Journalism' class for freshman. That way, when students come into her advanced newspaper class, they'll be ready to hit the ground running!

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