Moye students learn what it takes to create a newspaper

The students in the "School News" enrichment class at Moye Elementary worked to create their own school newspaper. They used copies of the O'Fallon Weekly to learn about the different elements of a newspaper. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

The students in the “School News” enrichment class at Moye Elementary worked to create their own school newspaper. They used copies of the O’Fallon Weekly to learn about the different elements of a newspaper. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

O’FALLON – A group of students at Delores Moye Elementary School learned what it takes to put a newspaper together over the past month as part of a school news enrichment class.

The class, which met after school and taught the kids about the elements of a newspaper, developing story ideas, conducting interviews, taking photos, and assembling a newspaper, is one of many enrichment classes offered at Moye. The kids, under the direction of teacher Lisa Poignee, used past issues of the O’Fallon Weekly as examples when assembling their own school paper.

The kids learned a variety of lessons over the month.

“I learned to keep a schedule with you because I missed a kid interview,” said Kendall.

“I learned it takes a whole team to make a newspaper. You can’t do it by yourself,” said Mason.

“I learned its not about what you think but what everyone thinks,” said Haley.

Zach said he learned you can’t be shy during an interview. Mrs. Poignee said the group solved that problem by conducting interviews in pairs.

The kids all said they believe newspapers were still important and had some creative reasons as to why.

“For me, I don’t see what happens in other places in Illinois or somewhere else. With a newspaper, I can see what is happening there,” said Aidan.

“Some people don’t have money to buy expensive computers and tablets, so its a cheap way for them to get their news,” said Kendall.

“The battery on a phone or tablet can run out and then you can’t read it, but a newspaper you can always read,” said Alicia.

“A website is only good for that day, but with a newspaper you can go back and read something whenever you want,” said Aidan.

One student said she likes newspapers because she and her grandpa sit together and read the comics.

The class was made up of fourth and fifth grade students. They worked on articles and will soon print their newspaper, which will be distributed around the school.

“I learned it takes a lot of work to put a newspaper together,” said Zach.

Jessica makes some notes and finishes a draft of her story before typing it on the computer. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

Jessica makes some notes and finishes a draft of her story before typing it on the computer. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

Aiden interviews a classmate for the Moye School Newspaper. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

Aiden interviews a classmate for the Moye School Newspaper. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

Zach learns the elements of a newspaper with an older issue of the O'Fallon Weekly. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

Zach learns the elements of a newspaper with an older issue of the O’Fallon Weekly. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)