If you’d like to spend the 2019-2020 school year working on a team where you develop close friendships with home school students working to put out a monthly newspaper, then signup to serve on the student-run newspaper, The Bright Ideas Beacon, at The Academy at Bright Ideas Press. Once you are registered and pay $150, the Editor-in-Chief will send you a writing and/or editing “test.” No previous journalism is required; this is a “learn as you go” experience. Training will begin in the summer, but it won’t interfere with vacation, camp or work. During the school year one monthly staff meeting and one article per issue are all that is required, but unlimited communication and fun are encouraged! The faculty advisor, Mrs. Jamie Anderson, has five years experience with online homeschool student-run newspapers. Her journalism degree, decade of radio and public relations work experience and twelve years of homeschooling combine to bring students a wealth of knowledge and a great extracurricular experience to put on your high school transcript.
“For me, the value of The Beacon isn’t necessarily in learning another style of writing, it is in learning to be efficient and effective at your job, work together as a team, and make friendships. Those are skills I know I will need in any field.” – Colin Sink, News Editor.
”The Beacon not only helped me learn how to be a better writer, it helped me learn to reach out to others, and to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.” -Lauren Poe
“The thing I loved the most about being on The Beacon was the tight knit staff and awesome friendships I made during the year. It can be a challenge to meet other homeschoolers, but The Beacon is a great way to make tons of new friends!” -Avalon S.