The story was old, it was a simple request, and they didn’t think it would matter.
But when student editors at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles reflected further on the request from a former student to change her name in an online story, they discovered the request was anything but simple.
When a St. Louis County grand jury voted Nov. 24 not to indict Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, protests began in cities around country — and news staffs sprung into action. A short school week and late night didn’t stop these student journalists from covering the latest chapter in one of the biggest stories of the year.
Building on its popular weekly digital newsletter, the SNO Report, the team at SNO has developed a version just for student editors and staff members. As part of the kickoff promotion, any student who signs up by Sept. 30 will be entered in a drawing for a GoPro camera for the school’s journalism program.
Whether you’ve been back to school for a few weeks or a few days, we hope the new school year is off to a great start. This week marks the first anniversary for Best of SNO. The traditional first anniversary gift is paper, but at SNO we don’t use much paper. Instead, we’re sending this email with updates and a few story ideas.
Hopefully you’ve spent a little time this summer resting, relaxing and recharging. At SNO, we took the summer to improve our platform, upgrade our staff, and enhance our services. Here’s what we have been up to.
We hear from our customers often, and one of the things we hear the most is that your want your website to get better.
While the SNO support site, training materials and videos help you improve your site year round, the request we get most often is for individual feedback. So today we are excited to roll out the SNO Site Review program.
When the SNO team rolled out a new recognition program this winter, hopes were high that schools would want to submit for recognition and to get better. Yet in its first season, the SNO Distinguished Sites program exceeded expectations and made a strong impact on staffs around the country.
By John Vitti
Most student news websites are filled with the typical campus stories about musical performances, student government elections and the latest sports results. Occasionally a big news story will dominate coverage for a few days.