Launching a High School Newspaper for Teacher-Advisors

Posted Friday, June 24, 2022

Registration is now open for the Fall 2022 session of Baruch College’s Launching a High School Newspaper course for NYC high school teachers, which will begin on Monday, August 29. The registration deadline is June 15.

Session Dates Are: August 29, September 12, September 19, October 17, and November 7.

Thanks to funding from The Google News Initiative, our fully online program is offered free of charge to any NYC public high school teacher who plans to start a school newspaper in a NYC public high school currently lacking a school newspaper.

This certificate course was designed and is taught by the Baruch College Department of Journalism’s High School Journalism Program.

Register here:

The fully online certificate course, which offers CTLE credit for instructional hours, instructs potential high school newspaper advisors on the nuts and bolts of launching a school newspaper.

The course addresses a range of topics related to creating an online high school newspaper including brainstorming story ideas, fact-based news reporting, interviewing strategies, journalistic writing, teaching news literacy, photojournalism and illustrating stories, navigating ethical and legal concerns, staff-building, fact checking, and copy editing.

The five-session course will take place on Mondays beginning in late August from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. It is open to NYC public high school teachers who have the support of their administrations to launch high school student newspapers. The course awards certificates of completion to teachers who participate in the five course sessions. In addition, we offer supplementary sessions on online publishing strategies, Google’s journalism-related reporting tools, and other topics to all teachers who have taken the Launching a High School Newspaper course.

All schools that participate in this program are invited to send a delegation of teacher-advisors and student editors/journalists to Baruch College’s annual High School Journalism Conference. They also are encouraged to enter their new newspapers and new journalism into Baruch College’s annual City-wide Best in NYC Public High School Journalism “Newsies” Competition, which, beginning in 2023, will feature all-new categories for high school newspapers in their first five years of publication.

Questions? Please email Professor Geanne Belton at with the subject line “Launching a High School Newspaper” and please provide your full name, the full name of your high school, and high school address.

(If you can’t make the Fall 2022 session, we are also offering a Winter 2023 session beginning on Monday, February 6 and you can register for that now as well, with a registration deadline of November 1. To register for the Winter session, please provide the same information and place “Winter 2023 registration” in the subject line of your email to