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Oceana High School Launches its First Online Newspaper

Student journalists in Pacifica share their voice through The Weekly Fog.

 

Take a poll for which film you think will win the Oscar for best picture. Check out the latest in teen fashion in an Outfit of the Week column or Ask Annie for some dating advice. Or find out who the Player of the Month is at Oceana High School.

This and more can be found in Oceana High School’s first online newspaper, The Weekly Fog, which was launched in January by the school's journalism class.

“My hope is that The Weekly Fog becomes a cornerstone of the Oceana community — a place where people come for the latest school news and to engage in a conversation about current events,” said Oceana’s journalism teacher Jennifer McEnany, who won Pacifica Patch’s Teacher Appreciation Contest last October. McEnany teaches humanities and journalism for 11th and 12th graders.

Student-generated content lies at the heart of The Weekly Fog. Oceana’s student journalists write their articles, edit their peers’ work, and manage the website under the supervision of McEnany.

By writing about issues of importance to students, The Weekly Fog provides Oceana students with news about their community and the world in a voice they can understand.

The Weekly Fog contains a wide variety of articles, ranging from advice columns to book reviews to school events coverage to political editorials. Students are encouraged to write about what matters to them as well as what matters to the community as a whole.

The Weekly Fog promotes knowledge and conversation about current events. This dialogue can occur between classes, after school, or even on the website itself. Students are encouraged to participate in discussion by contributing to daily polls, commenting on articles, suggesting ideas for upcoming articles, and connecting on social media through Facebook and Twitter.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work the students have done,” said McEnany, “to build the website and publish so many articles in such a short amount of time.”

What do you think The Weekly Fog should cover? Share your ideas for the students in the comments section below.

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