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Newspapers in Education -- Writing About News Photos
By Tom Janz

In the last two years, newspaperman Tom Janz has traveled hundreds of miles across the Kenai Peninsula, from Cooper Landing to Homer and back again, showing teachers how to use the newspaper as an educational tool in their classrooms.

Janz works for the Peninsula Clarion, a small paper for the Kenai Peninsula. His title is Marketing and Circulation Manager, but he wears many hats. One of them is the administrator of the Clarion's Newspapers in Education (N.I.E.) program. (For more information about N.I.E., see The Newspaper: A living textbook in related articles.)

He has written three workbooks that contain hundreds of lessons to get students involved with the newspaper. One book he created for grade schoolers has a lot of hands-on activities such as cutting out the letters of the newspaper and pasting them together to spell words. If you would like to have Tom Janz visit your school with ideas about Newspapers in Education, call (907) 283-7551.

Writing Exercise

Select a picture from the first section of a newspaper. If the photograph is an action picture, list five words that describe the action. If the photograph is of a person, write what that person may be saying or thinking at that moment.

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