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Healthy Courier & Student Podcasts

Catholic Partnership Schools has focused on providing its middle school students with an introduction to career pathways. These efforts have included a structured career exploration program, a speakers series featuring business members from the community and alumni, and diverse extracurricular course offerings. One of the first career pathways CPS introduced that sparked interest in students was journalism. In the 2021-2022 school year, CPS partnered with Healthy NewsWorks to create and publish the Healthy Courier student newsletter with seventh graders as part of their English Language Arts class.
Healthy NewsWorks is an organization working to empower elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, critical thinkers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their publications. The first student newsletter was published in January 2022, and the newsletter continues to be published quarterly. We are expanding the Healthy Courier to include it as part of our after-school program where more students will have access to not only research, conduct interviews, and create content, but to participate in both layout and printing of the newspaper. In the 2022-2023 school year, the journalism program began to expand to include video journalism and podcasts.

“’The Youth of Camden Talks’ podcast was born out of a desire to enter an NPR contest. To apply for the contest, students created the podcast, logo, and music, and fell in love with the podcasting process. When the students asked to continue the program beyond the contest, I couldn’t say no! As a teacher, I love to broaden the horizon for my students, expose them to new opportunities, and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone. They were so nervous to record the first episode, and didn’t initially enjoy listening to the playbacks during the editing process. But I am impressed with how they learned from one another and really became a collaborative team. I also saw their skills bloom within the classroom during ELA with writing, speaking, participation, and leadership—a proud teacher moment for sure! They asked to continue it as an eighth grade program, and are even making suggestions with students who can carry the program on in the future. Watching the program grow and seeing how far my students have taken it makes me proud!”

— Danielle Guernon, Teacher, St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School

Check out our student Podcasts below: