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Monday, April 07, 2003

Staples Cited in AP Story

Staples Cited in AP Story on High School Newspaper Coverage of War in Iraq
Westports Staples High School newspaper Inklings gets prominent mention in an Associated Press story on how high school newspapers are covering the war in Iraq.

The AP story said high school newspapers across the country are finding ways to cover the world’s biggest news story without the benefit of embedded reporters, wire services or daily printing schedules.

Instead, it said, they are covering protests, sending reporters to military bases, writing editorials and talking to students whose parents are overseas.

ғAt Staples High School in Westport, Conn., the Inklings staff devoted the center spread of its March issue to the war, the AP said. ԓThe stories, written before the first bombs were dropped, included an explanation of Iraq’s demographics and an interview with a parent working as a U.N. weapons inspector.

Assignments for this month’s issue don’t include any stories about the war - although that may change as the printing date draws nearer, Inklings adviser Stephen Rexford said. Instead, students are writing about a decision to condemn the school’s bleachers and a school courtyard closed because of Frisbee throwing.

“‘It’s as if right now they’re shifting back to their school. Maybe they’ve had enough’ of the war, Rexford said.Ԕ

The March issue is available online.

The Staples parent who is a U.N. weapons inspector is Jose Salinas, a lieutenant colonel in the Chilean army who moved to Westport with his family in October 2000. Here is the link to the Inklings interview with him.



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