Congrats to Distinguished Journalists

June 2012…Three Norristown eighth grade students are the first recipients of the Healthy NewsWorks Distinguished Journalist Award. The award recognizes student reporters involved in the Healthy NewsWorks student media program who have developed key traits for success as a journalist: commitment, enthusiasm, curiosity, leadership, and journalistic craftsmanship. Each recipient also has shown exceptional individual growth […] Read More

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Gotwals students produce Spanish Issue

June 2012… Third grade students from Gotwals Elementary School recently translated articles from the English version of four Norristown elementary school healthy newspapers into Spanish. The new newspaper digest is called the Norristown Tiempos Saludables which means Norristown Healthy Times. “There is a large number of Spanish readers in the Norristown community, so it was important to […] Read More

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Are you getting your Vitamin G?

June 2012…Student reporters at several Healthy NewsWorks schools recently reported on a growing trend toward making sure children get their daily dose of vitamin G—or “green time.” They researched the topic in the April-May issue of Current Health Kids magazine and then asked students and faculty about their outdoor activities. Experts recommend at least an […] Read More

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Hope reporters thank their readers

June 2012… Hope Partnership for Education’s sixth grade newspaper team produced four issues during its first year as a Healthy NewsWorks program. In the fourth issue of the Healthy Hope, several reporters thanked the school for reading their articles and being interviewed for various stories. Here are the letters published in the June issue: Dear […] Read More

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Strong start at Saint Malachy

May 2012…One of the goals of Saint Malachy School in North Philadelphia is to improve its students’ writing skills, and a health-focused school newspaper has served as a perfect vehicle. Saint Malachy, a mission school of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, joined the Healthy NewsWorks student media program midway through the 2011-2012 school year. By year’s […] Read More

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Healthy Press part of ‘Day of the Child’

May 2012… Student reporters from the Gotwals Healthy Press recently participated in their school’s “Day of the Child/Day of the Book” celebration. The event, featured on the front page of The Times Herald with an article and a video, celebrated reading and Norristown’s Bicentennial. Gotwals Healthy Press reporters interviewed a number of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks journalists featured on two radio broadcasts

March 2012…Student journalists recently had the opportunity to share their Healthy NewsWorks experiences with radio listeners, as well as gain insight into the interview process. In March, WHYY featured Healthy NewsWorks as part of its Fit series. The story highlighted the Hope Partnership for Education school in North Philadelphia and followed Amy Kingsmill, Hope Partnership […] Read More

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Surprise encounter for reporters

March 2012… Healthy Hope student reporters recently discovered that you can meet all sorts of interesting people when on assignment. While working on a profile for the upcoming Healthy NewsWorks book, the sixth-grade reporters bumped into Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the cafeteria of the team’s South Philadelphia training center. They had a chance […] Read More

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Gotwals explores happiness of health

March 2012…Happiness has a role in health, too, student journalists from the Healthy Press at Gotwals Elementary School in Norristown, Pa., recently reported. They wrote about a Bryn Mawr College project at Gotwals looking at what makes students happy. The project leaders gave cameras to a group of second graders so they could snap pictures […] Read More

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East Norriton reporter enjoys health beat

February 2012…I have been a staff member of my schools’ healthy newspapers for six years—first the Healthy Comet at Cole Manor Elementary School and now the Bulldog Bulletin at East Norriton Middle School, both in Norristown Area School District. Working on the newspaper makes me feel like a real reporter. I have liked how adults take me seriously. I […] Read More

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