How health and literacy fit together

August 2011… Editor’s note: We were fortunate to have two interns this summer: Emily Eisner, a sophomore at Dartmouth College, and Mimi Owusu, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. Here, Emily shares her reflections.  When the summer started, one of my goals was to understand how Healthy NewsWorks went about achieving its mission. I believed […] Read More


Hope Partnership to start newspaper

September 2011…Healthy NewsWorks will team up with Hope Partnership for Education during the fall of 2011 to launch a health journalism program at an independent middle school in North Philadelphia and its surrounding community. Hope Partnership works under the mantra “breaking the cycle of poverty through education” and aims to help students in the neighborhood […] Read More


Gotwals Elementary starts health newspaper

September 2011…Gotwals Elementary School in Norristown, Pa., has become the newest member of the Healthy NewsWorks student media program. Thirty third grade reporters have formed the first staff of the Gotwals Healthy Press under the leadership of their teacher, Ms. Katie Sortino. “You get to go around and ask people why health is important,” said one third grade reporter. Another reporter said, […] Read More


Medical librarian to focus on health literacy

August 2011…Andrea Kenyon, a trained medical librarian, has joined the Healthy NewsWorks team. She said she hopes to help Healthy NewsWorks develop an electronic library of kid-friendly health information resources. She also will provide literacy training and support for teachers and students. “I hope to empower children by teaching them to locate and use credible […] Read More


Students tackle many health subjects

August 2011…During the past year, students in 12 schools produced 37 Healthy NewsWorks publications, including three translated into Spanish. Healthy nutritional choices and different ways of exercising were featured in almost every issue. “I learned what to eat and what not to eat,” said one middle school student. Students wrote about why it is important […] Read More


Cole Manor produces second Spanish language issue

June 2011…The Cole Manor Elementary School in Norristown, Pa., produced its second Spanish language issue this winter. The first Spanish language issue was produced in May 2010. Both issues were translated by Kristin Li, an ESL teacher, for about 100 families in the Cole Manor community with family members whose first language is Spanish. Read More


“Get the scoop” fundraiser a big success

May 2011…More than 120 people gathered May 21, 2011, in Haverford, Pa., to “get the scoop” on the Healthy NewsWorks student media program. The fundraising event featured remarks by Joseph A. Frick, former president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, and awards to student ambassadors of the program’s health-focused newspapers. Students from many of the 12 schools […] Read More


NEA Foundation features Norristown newspapers

May 2011…The National Education Association Foundation has posted a story and photos about the growth of healthy newspapers in the Norristown (PA) Area School District. Norristown teachers received $5,000 from the foundation two years ago to further develop the program in the elementary and middle schools. The school district currently has student-produced health newspapers in seven schools that are part […] Read More


Teachers, students share perspectives

May 2011…Participating students and teachers describe how the Healthy NewsWorks program works and what it means to them in a new six-minute video. The video was produced by Victoria Strickland, a former TV writer and producer for NBC Universal WCAU.  She joined the East Norriton Middle School teaching staff in the fall 2010 and also became a faculty coadvisor […] Read More


A Wiki for Chestnutwold

March 2011…Reporters for the Chestnutwold Healthy Times in Haverford Township, Pa., can now write and edit virtually by tapping into a Wiki — interlinked web pages that allow for the creation and editing of collaborative works. Student journalists who are working together on a story can each post information that they have gathered, and see what each other is doing.  Says Mary Beth Lauer, […] Read More