I’m adviser Rachel McCarver, and this is my newsroom

What is your name?
Rachel McCarver

What school do you teach at?
Columbus North High School

What city and state is your school located in?
Columbus, Indiana

What different media are produced at the school?
Newsmagazine, website, broadcast, yearbook

How many students are involved at the media program at your school?

Describe your space for us.
We have a classroom, lab area with 24 iMacs, and a studio. Our space is extremely small and always messy. We do most of our organization through Google. Our lab is connected to a CTE graphics and design printing classroom. It is beneficial, because there are always extra computers to use and our printer is right next door.

What do you think are some of the benefits of the workspace you all have?
We are small, but that keeps communication close. Students are able to always be together. We also keep all updated software and have great computers.

What do your students like most about the workspace you have?
I think they like that we have lots of wall space, storage, and list space available.

What computer programs and/or apps is your staff using on a regular basis for their work?
Adobe Creative Suite

What tech equipment are your students using on a daily basis?
Canon T6i, iMac 2015, Mac server

 Aside from the computers and the programs, what are one or two pieces of equipment that you have that you think other programs should have.
I would recommend operating on an external server from the school. It has come in handy when the rest of the school isn’t functioning.

How is your workspace funded?
Mostly school funded, but any extras are through ad sales and booster.

Do you have anything on your wishlist for your space? If so, what do you have and why?
A new server, because ours is ancient. An endless of supply of Post-Its (for obvious reasons.)

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Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th 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 is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner 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 X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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