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Guilderland HS paper 'The Journal' continues to take home statewide awards

Any good newspaperman knows there's more to getting the right information to your readers than a pen and paper. Behind every notepad and camera there's a host of people working to turn every quote and photo into a finished product.

That's a lesson the staff of The Journal, Guilderland High School's student paper, learn every time they put out a new edition. From concept to back page, students are doing the writing, the photography and the layout on this publication, and once again they're being recognized for it.

"The Journal" and her staff won seven accolades at a recent Empire State School Press Association ceremony, including a gold award for the entire publication. The paper is no stranger to taking home ESSPA awards, having garnered 12 for its work in the 2008-2009 school year.

Besides being recognized with awards, the newspaper has also received a grant from the American Society of Newspaper Editors that allowed for the purchase of new computers and establishment of a series of workshops with the staff of the "Times Union." Editor Rex Smith has already visited "The Journal," and students will throughout November be going to the daily's offices to sit in on meetings and other newsroom action.

Having professionals take a look at the paper has already yielded results, said Managing Editor Greg Barber.

"They were a big help in critiquing our design and making it so we have a consistent design," he said.

Though GHS teacher and paper adviser Christopher Mazura is there to help the students along, it's up to a core staff of about 22 to make sure seven editions of "The Journal" come together each school year. In addition to their own work, they manage staffs of writers, photographers and graphic artists, and design each page of the paper on computers.

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