Journalism Program Expansion

Educator Name: Mary McSherry
School Name: Lincoln Middle School

It has been my absolute pleasure to be the yearbook sponsor for Lincoln Middle School for the past three years. For the 2011-2012 school year, I am very fortunate that Mrs. Hall-King is providing me with a class dedicated to journalism which will in turn provide me for the first time with students to work on the yearbook during school hours. However, we only have one mediocre, digital camera to use in our endeavor to create the best yearbook possible.

I would like to have at least two higher-quality cameras for the students to use at our various school functions. It would be a dream come true to have the money to purchase two cameras for the entire student body of Lincoln Middle School. I would like to use my journalism/yearbook class as a gateway to possible future careers for my students. An important component to a career in journalism other than writing are the photographs to accompany that writing. Also, a professional looking yearbook cannot be produced without having high-quality pictures to fill its pages. A necessity is to have good cameras to allow my students the opportunity take photographs in many different settings under many different conditions.

The students of Lincoln Middle School do not have many advantages. They live in a very low socio-economic area and rarely have use of the latest technologies unless they are in a school setting. I want my students to have the opportunity to use a camera that they couldn't afford to use otherwise.

Prior to this coming school year, I was not able to have many students assist in creating the school yearbook. So, a need for one or two other cameras wasn't necessary. Now that whole classes would be devoted to the yearbook's construction, more cameras are vitale to its success. I want my students to be able to take the cameras to after-school functions to take pictures. Also, because of the poor quality of the present camera, some functions could not be properly recorded due to the low-lighting or action produced in the event.