New Milford High School’s Digital Journalism class produces an online publication that keeps New Milford up to date on what is going on around the district and community called The Lance.
According to the publications mission statement, “published by New Milford High School students, the site reports precise and unbiased information by using the newest technology and up to date software.”
Last week their efforts were honored. The Lance received an Honorable Mention in the Best of the Web Award program in the K-12 District Ed Website category. New Milford HS shares honors with Broward County Public Schools and First Academy, both in Florida.
“Educational institutions are constantly tasked with creating quality websites and applications to deliver services and enhance learning,” said Kim Frame, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s winners are cognizant of this challenge and have developed innovative models to increase learning and promote achievement via the use of technology.”
New Milford HS Principal Eric Sheninger was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as one of the winners of the Digital Principal Award winners.
Under the direction of Sheninger and with the success of programs like their Digital Journalism class, New Milford High School students will have a leg up when it comes to preparing for a career in the ever-evolving industry.
"The Lance represent a turning point in the way New Milford High School students publish their news," said New Milford Superintendent Michael Polizzi. "Following a long line of media outlets, many of which have long abandoned print, The Lance, as an example of a student managed e-newspaper, leverages new media tools in dynamic ways typical of 21st Century journalism. It places both the product and the process at the center of a world as familiar to students today as newspapers were generations ago."