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Reports: Blair High Newspaper Strapped for Cash

The student-run newspaper needs to raise $6,000 to print its last issues of the school year.

Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair High School's monthly student newspaper, is scrambling to find money to publish the last three issues of this school year, Bethesda magazine's Education Matters blog reports. 

The paper, which exists on a combination of advertising revenue, donations and a small stipend from the school district, is $6,000 short the money it needs to finish out the school year. That's money that faculty advisor Joseph Fanning is brainstorming how to produce, the magazine reported. He said that he's considering amending the advertising model to give access to both the print and the online version. 

Silver Chips isn't the first Montgomery County high school newspaper that has had to get creative to continue printing. Bethesda said that The Tattler, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High's student newspaper, stopped publication last fall to raise money. 

The Blueprint, Springbrook High's student newspaper, to print its last two issues, Patch reported. 

Fanning told the magazine that the newspaper is "still above water" and that he's certain the school community will raise the money once they are made aware of the importance of the financial issue.

Read more at Bethesda magazine's website

Syd February 14, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Whitney, keep us posted on this, if possible. I'd be happy to make a donation to the school. I'm sure others would, too, if they knew what was going on.
Suzanne Costilo February 14, 2013 at 09:44 PM
How can I make a contribution? Suzanne Costilo, former Blair parent
Karen February 14, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I very strongly support scholastic press... but I'm left to wonder how three issues can cost $6,000. Time to bid that thing out, and check out some reputable online printers. I've printed 2,000 copies with color for under $1K.
Elizabeth Forbes Wallace February 15, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Yes, perhaps a printer not in the DC area might cost less? But otherwise, try Indiegogo?
Elizabeth Forbes Wallace February 15, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Perhaps 6K or less might be better spent creating an app so that it can be read on smartphones? The face of journalism is changing and so perhaps must the way it is taught at the HS level re publishing. Maybe publish the final issues on Patch? Are there other schools that have blogs on Patch?
ilkunta February 15, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Thereare over 3000 students @ MBHS. with the staff plus janitors, coos, etc, there are $4000 people at Blair. Have every person give $2 and that is MORE than $6000.
ilkunta February 15, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Yes the face of journalism is changing but there is income diversity at MBHS. Not every student @ MBHS has a smartphone to read the newspaper if it is an app.
Christopher Lancette February 18, 2013 at 12:13 AM
As a former journalist myself, I'd say that the idea of a monthly newspaper is antiquated. I would echo thoughts that money could be much better directed toward Web and other electronic versions. No need to teach the next generation how to drive a horse and buggy.

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