ASNE - National Edition
Issue Date: 06/06/2004
Issue: Week of June 7, 2004
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Today's Date:
June 11, 2004
About this edition 

The National Edition is a collection of stories from around the nation.

They were written by young journalists using ASNE's publishing tool to post their newspapers online.

We choose stories based on their quality and appeal to a broad teen readership.

These stories represent stories that were the most interesting or moving of the week.

This is not a “10 best stories” list.

And while we also understand that the writers, photographers and editors are not professional journalists, we’re looking for work that adheres to sound journalistic practices.

We select stories in the following general categories:
News, features, entertainment, student life, opinions and
photojournalism.

Generally, we don’t post sports stories unless they have a strong news peg or are features that are of interest to readers beyond the local readership.

If you would like to know more about the National Edition, please check out our FAQ.

We maintain an archive of past national editions.

Check out past issues!
National Edition FAQ

How are stories chosen for the national edition?

A team of people with experience in journalism, education and/or online projects reviews all the material that has been posted in the last week.

General criteria include:

  • Quality of journalism
    • Number of sources
    • Authority of sources
    • Diversity of sources
    • Writing style
    • Grammar
    • Punctuation
    • Accuracy, fairness, balance and a lack of conflict of interest (as best as we can determine)
    • Does the overall story approach reflect sound journalistic practices that others can learn from?
  • Interest to the overall readership, especially teens
    • Is the topic newsworthy?
    • Is it something readers might be interested in or can relate to?
  • Originality
    • Was any part of the story copied from a magazine, Web site or another teen publication without proper attribution? If we suspect plagiarism, the story will not be chosen.
    • The story has a unique angle or fresh approach, even when the topic itself is typical, such as homecoming, the prom or graduation.

How do I do I get my stories listed on the national edition?

Publish online regularly, and we will see your stories more often. Every story and photo is reviewed every week.

My current story about x was better than the one you posted a few weeks ago.

Only material that is published during the current period is evaluated for the national edition. If your story was published during an especially competitive week when many schools updated their online editions, it might not make it.

Our team won a state championship and you didn’t choose our story. This is the biggest thing to happen at the school in years.

Since our audience is national, we sometimes will pass over stories that are a big deal locally. While they’re important, they do not have broad appeal. Sports stories typically fall into this area.

How do I contact the people in charge of the national edition?

Click here to send us an e-mail! While you should feel free to suggest that your story be selected, know that we’ll see it anyway and you don’t have to lobby for it!

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