Online journalism taken to the next step

Poynter Institute

Students from different schools across Florida attend the Summer Workshop for High School Online Newspaper Staffs held at the Poynter Institute in August to learn ways to improve their websites.

Kiele McLaughlin, Online Editor

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Twitter. Facebook. Google Maps. Links. Headlines. Updates. Websites.

Anyone walking into the Poynter Institute in St. Pete between August 8th and the 10th would be sure to hear at least one of these words.

PHUHS was given the opportunity to send two newspaper staff members, along with an adviser, to attend the Summer Workshop for High School Online Newspaper Staffs held at the Poynter Institute. Throughout the three days, students and advisers were taught new ways to make their website better, and also ways to get more traffic. Many of these included the use of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Each school then met with a Poynter employee for some one-on-one time to discuss their website. The Eye staffers met with Julie Moos, who is the mother of PHUHS junior, Colter Moos. Because of her relationship with the school, she was able to give some valuable insight and ideas.

At the end of the workshop, each school made a few goals for the upcoming year. The main goal of The Eye is to post something online daily. This includes anything: pictures, videos, sports scores, stories, polls, etc.

This year we also really want to hear more from you. Follow us on Twitter @theeyeonline, subscribe to us on Facebook at The Eye Newspaper,  email us at [email protected], or just leave a comment on our website. You can also help us by sending school pictures for us to post on our website or giving us any kind of information, like sports  scores, upcoming class projects, or club info. Have a great year Palm Harbor!

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