High school students have all types of different options now, from sports, after-school clubs, college courses off campus, and advanced placement classes dropping more homework and time-consuming activities on them.
Such activities have cut into contributions to Perrysburg High School's digital newspaper, eSomethin.com. I would like to encourage students to give it a try. Or parents to nudge them in this direction.
After having a good showing of students in the first two weeks this school year, the eSomethin staff had only two members show up Monday. Some just couldn't make it, but the publication needs more participation to keep the Web site fresh with content.
We're looking for students who have strong opinions and like to write, students interested in journalism and story telling, video and photography skills, and students who want to do some cool work.
A student newspaper, or digital publication, can help students so much even if they don't wish to pursue a journalism field. Writing, editing, and just public skills that are needed to do reporting can be professional tools used in life later. Plus, it can be lots of fun with a good group of friends working together to do some cool things.
The staff meets every Monday from about 3 to 4 p.m. in the computer lab upstairs at the high school.
Most Monday meetings are led by Dave Murray, The Blade's managing editor, teacher Ben Fry, and myself.
Hopefully, more students will be interested in contributing, and community readers can go to www.esomethin.com to catch up on high school views, stories, and photos. The Blade worked with Perrysburg Schools more than a year ago to launch the Web site, after the high school's printed newspaper folded a few months earlier.