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Journalism Class Prints First Paper Copy of CHS Voice

Students in Ms. Sam Gifford’s Journalism class at CHS recently published their first printed edition of the CHS Voice. This school newspaper looks, feels and reads like a real newspaper thanks to our partnership with the Cortland Standard. 

Back in July, Ms. Gifford and colleague Dan Devlen met with Evan Geibel, the publisher of our local daily paper, the Cortland Standard. Evan Geibel explained that the process of getting the paper to look similar to the Cortland Standard would include using a new program, adobe indesign, and formatting the dimensions to be 12.5 inches wide by 22.75 inches long. The Cortland Standard even offered to print the paper for a minimal fee. 

Come September, Brian Bosch, special projects editor at the Cortland Standard and CHS alumnus, came in to speak to the class about the ins and outs of newspaper editing. Students were then broken up into groups and picked what they would want to write about and work on for the paper. Some choices were entertainment, sports, school news, and social media. 

Journalism teacher Sam Gifford said, “there are several reasons why I wanted to start this partnership. First of all, I wanted to have the students make a real world connection to their work and see how they could potentially get jobs in the communications industry. I know using adobe indesign is a real world skill and I thought it was important for the students to get to learn the program. Most rewarding part of doing this is the fact that the kids have a relevant final product that has a real audience. I feel like it helps the kids get involved in their school and community.

Student Monica Costner is a tenth grader and enjoying every minute of the Journalism class. Monica said, “I wanted to take this class because I am able to voice my opinions on topics I wouldn’t normally get to express or talk about. I really like the teacher because Ms. Gifford is really involved and cares about her students. She wants us to do our best work. Seeing the final product printed is a really gratifying experience because I know how much work we put into it.” 

Students are able to take the Journalism class as an elective. Paper copies of the CHS Voice paper are available in the CHS Main office and can always be accessed online through their website:





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