The importance of high school journalism

An issue of the Arcata High School Pepperbox, a publication once edited by by TEDxEureka speaker Forrest Lewis

An issue of the Arcata High School Pepperbox, a publication once edited by by TEDxEureka speaker Forrest Lewis

High school senior Forrest Lewis is an advocate for student-run newspapers. At TEDxEureka, he shares the story of the death and the resurrection of his own student newspaper, the Arcata High School Pepperbox, a publication started in 1927 and nearly ended in the 2000s.

“Student newspapers provide unparalleled and irreplaceable information,” he says. “If The New York Times were to go out of print, readers could obtain comparable news from numerous other sources. But [if high school newspapers cease printing], where else are students going to voice their opinions about how their schools are being run — and how else will students hear about issues important to them?” he asks.

The Internet is an option, he admits, but he believes that it’s not the same: “At any moment, teenagers can and do express their beliefs and opinions online,” he says, “but when a piece of writing has been researched, edited and sanctioned with a stamp of approval, it becomes official — and not just Facebook official.”

With so many giant print publications shutting down in recent years, and so many school journalism programs being cut, Lewis says that not only is high school journalism endangered, but it’s also more important than ever.

Watch his whole talk to learn more:

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