During the 2018 – 2019 school year, newsprung‘s focus will narrow from the larger Deep South to only the state of Alabama during our Bicentennial. Alabama was established as a territory in 1817 and achieved statehood in 1819, and the Alabama 200 program is actively commemorating our history and celebrating our culture over the three years 2017, 2018, and 2019. Our emphasis on art and writing will also continue, but for this year, we will also add music as one of our categories, in order to explore the state’s eclectic contributions to that art form. Our work this year will include a local oral history project funded by a Bicentennial grant, our annual artist interviews at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, another visit to Oakwood Cemetery and the Alabama Department of Archives & History, and a trip to Troy University to learn more about the slave ship Clotilde— and possibly even more. In his seminal advice book On Writing Well, William Zinsser wrote, “Go with what seems inevitable in your own heritage. Embrace it and it may lead you to eloquence,” and that is what we plan to do.
newsprung is produced by the Creative Writing magnet at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama. The project’s original Joomla! web-publishing format was re-designed in 2015 as a blog with the multi-faceted goal of promoting the best writing, visual art, and fine-art photography being created by high school students and their teachers in
the Deep South Alabama. In addition to posts written by our students, newsprung will also include information about contests, workshops, publication opportunities, and community events. New posts are published weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the months from August through May.
newsprung can be found on Facebook and also on Tumblr, and the Creative Writing magnet has an account on Instagram with the username @booktw_cw and on Twitter as @BookerMagnetC. (We had a problem with our old account on Twitter and had to create a new one.)