The Print Press program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to understand the role of media in a democracy. Students engage in the writing, interviewing, commentary, editing, layout, photography, graphics, production, and circulation of a newspaper.
Participants in the Print Press program are given an opportunity to view the political arena from the eyes of a neutral observer and gain knowledge and experience in journalism as it relates to government. They have opportunities to work in a team setting with other dedicated, highly motivated individuals. Students learn technical and stylistic reporting, editing and layout. Students have a chance to put their creative skills to practical use in writing, photography, graphics, and page composition. While stories are reviewed by the Program Coordinators, the student staff determines the content and style of each publication.
The Print Press Program has several goals:
- Teach students that teamwork and staff coordination are vital ingredients of successful journalism.
- Teach the importance of separating issues from personalities.
- Emphasize the importance of written communication skills.
- Offer an opportunity to learn how to work in a safe situation under the stress of deadlines.
- Provide other YAG participants with accurate, reliable, and useful information, by publicizing all aspects and program areas of the State Convention.
Print Press Preparation
The Print Press Program demands individual initiative and responsibility. Members work as part of a newspaper staff. The structure of the program mirrors those of a newspaper and individuals are assigned to cover the functions. These areas include:
- Management: story assignment and editing.
- Developing articles and reporting: interviewing, covering activities, events, individuals, and issues, as assigned by editors and Program Coordinators.
- Graphics and layout: creating headlines, overall layout, artwork, and graphics.
- Photography: providing photo coverage to record the State Convention.
- Production: printing, collating, and distributing the newspapers.
Participants are chosen from those who register by the following guidelines:
- Participants must complete the Student Registration Form on the YAG website by the stated deadline to participate at the State Convention.
- Participants are responsible for staying informed of local, regional, and statewide YAG activities. It is also recommended that they develop contacts with local news media and inform them of their local YAG delegation.
- Print Press Program members must meet all deadlines set by editors and Program Coordinators.
- The number of participants in the Print Press Program is limited to 25 students.