JA BizTown is taking its newspaper online.
Junior Achievement of South Central PA runs JA BizTown, a program that allows students to become business operators, lawmakers and citizens in a hands-on learning environment, according to its website.
Junior Achievement has partnered with StageofLife.com, an educational blogging community, and Affinigent, a web development company, to start a student-run news blog to replace the paper newsletter the kids used to produce, the news release says.
Eric Thiegs, CEO of Stageoflife.com, said in the release that his organization approached JA about building a customized news blog platform for use in BizTown sessions to bridge the gap between traditional media formats and new media channels. Heidi Potter, who heads the BizTown experience, liked the idea.
“We had limitations with our old newsletter software and we were ready for a big change. We wanted to take our BizTown ‘newspaper’ and turn it into something interactive, modern and digital,” she said in the release.
Each group that participates in BizTown will contribute to to BizNet News. Some schools from York and Lancaster counties tried the new platform this fall, and in one case, the BizNetNews site saw 60 comments from peers, teachers and parents visiting the site after the BizTown session ended, the release says.