newsprung is not new.
The students in the creative writing magnet at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School had been posting writing to another school-based site at newsprung.com for years, but when a virus invaded our site in the summer of 2014, techies wiped away all of the content— all the writing, all the images, everything. Years of our program’s history, hundreds of articles, stories, poems, and images, went up in digital smoke.
The students mainly published two annual projects on newsprung. First, we used to travel every year in October to the Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, Alabama where each student chooses an artist to interview and write about. The roughly two-dozen articles were published in November following the festival. And the upper-level students have gone each year in the spring to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts where each one chooses an artwork as the basis for an ekphrastic literary work.
Now, newsprung is coming back as a totally different animal. Student writing will still appear here, dependent on what we’re doing and whether it warrants publication. And now, the site will now also feature works of photography and visual art, news about our school garden and works on related subjects . . . as well as literary and artistic works by students from other schools, and critical works on subjects related to ecology, gardening, urban farming, food equity, and social justice.
After a hiatus last year, while we wept over the loss of the original newsprung, this publishing project will return to the inter-webs during the 2015-2016 school year.