At Yosemite Valley School, a tiny K-8 campus that serves families inside Yosemite National Park, young students are producing their own eight-page newspaper with the help of the weekly Mariposa Gazette.
Editor and co-owner Greg Little, at right in photo, said the Yosemite Eye will appear about four times per year, inserted in The Gazette with extra copies for the school and to distribute in the park.
Eight pages? No problem. Little said the students, once given a primer by Little and Assistant Editor Matt Johnson on news-gathering techniques and planning for an issue, eagerly produce plenty of content.
The school originally created a newsletter and showed it to Little with a request for advice. He encouraged them to go big. And there you go: broadsheet.
“We have them keep their voice but also show them how journalism works,” Little told CNPA.
A Yosemite Valley teacher is part of the project, along with a parent volunteer.
The next Yosemite Eye is due out after Christmas.
Along with that comes discussion about sustainability. Little said The Gazette handles layout, though grants are being sought by the school both for hardware and software and for printing.
Learn more by contacting Greg Little, (209) 966-2500.