Newspaper Posts Twitter Comments in Paper

The Suburban Journal newspaper in St. Charles, Mo started doing something interesting this summer. They started printing Tweets from newsmakers throughout the St. Charles area in their newspaper. You can kind of see what they are doing from the attached photo. While there are a few things I would tweak with what they did, I think it’s a great start and as more high school publications start moving toward the Web, this type of Web/paper integration should be the norm, not the exception.

For full disclosure, the paper did use one of my staff’s tweets (@fhntoday) in their sidebar. However, the graphic caught my eye well before I saw the staff was mentioned. I’ve been working for the past couple years to get my staffs to integrate the Web and paper more. They have nothing really holding them back. I’m definitely not. I think they just haven’t necessarily seen the importance of integrating the Web into the other publications in the room. Maybe this will be the year…

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 20th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook “Student Journalism and Media Literacy.” You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He’s a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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