Community Newspaper Showcases Student’s Abilities
BY DEVIN HEFLIN
The editorial staff at
The Orlando Times newspaper is proud to present this story again for our
readers, to highlight students and schools that are producing pages. We welcome
South Lake High School as our newest high school.
We take this time as
well to give a Special Thank you to our partners, both past and present, whose
contributions to the circulation of newspapers throughout sixty schools in
Central Florida has greatly extended the readership demographic of school age
youth to The Orlando Times newspaper, introducing the publication to newer
It’s this unique
partnership with the Central Florida business community that continues to
increase The Orlando Times circulation annually. Business owners that partner
with The Orlando Times also have the opportunity to publish stories on their
career experiences, which inspires students.
This time is also
taken to thank all of the respective school systems of Orange, Osceola, Seminole
and Lake County for their participation and for a job well done this 2014-2015
It’s rare that newspapers give students a chance to showcase
their talents, yet what’s kept The Orlando Times newspaper as the number one
voice of the community is this act of rarity.
The High School Page Placement Program, started by The Times
in the year 2000, is a program where The Orlando Times newspaper partners with
high schools throughout Central Florida, and students are able to produce pages
that will feature in The Orlando Times newspaper on a weekly basis.
This program began as an outgrowth of the Partnership of
Education program. The Orlando Times Publisher, Dr. Calvin Collins Jr., worked
with the school boards, specifically Orange and Seminole Counties to begin the
program. Because of budget constraints, school boards were unable to
financially support the program. The
various county school boards at the time had financially committed to other
endeavors, but The Orlando Times newspaper staff worked with members of the
business community to support the program.
The business community sponsored the circulation of
newspapers into Central Florida High Schools through Orange, Seminole, Osceola
and Lake Counties. Through their support, the business support became the
Partners of Education program, which continues to today.
Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Orange County Public
Schools, thinks highly of the program as well. “I think it’s wonderful that
high school students have an opportunity to gain experience in the field of
media.” She said.
“Being a participant of the High School Page Placement
program is beneficial in many ways. Our school, our students and our community
benefit from the partnership.” said Richard Stokes, journalism teacher at East
Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida.
“Students often times enter a Journalism elective with no
expectations of the program. The structure of the class and the work we do with
The Orlando Times affords us the opportunity to expose students to real-time
journalism expectations from inception to finished product.”
The Orlando Times newspaper is the only weekly publication
that provides this opportunity and partnership to High Schools.
"We are very thankful and pleased that The Orlando
Times provides a unique forum for our students to showcase the many amazing
events and programs taking place at their schools." said Dr. Walt Griffin,
Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools.
With the valued partnership of schools, sponsors and the
community, The Orlando Times newspaper will continue to take the opportunity to
give the opportunity to students.