Summary (Max. 200 words in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian)
In February 2003, we launched a trial version of our school webzine - Tunabladet. The main goal of the project was to create a common platform for our students, their parents and the school personnel to interact and discuss all matters connected to our school. Further, the work flow of the editorial staff and publishing the webzine was to be a mirror image of that in any major newspaper. Student material had - and has - naturally highest priority. Tunabladet started out with an editorial staff consisting of three teachers and six students. The student participation in the editorial staff is regulated through a contract signed by the student, the parents and the webmaster, thus guaranteeing all parties have complete information of the student work guidelines. The first month of the webzine was strictly a test period but in April 2003 Tunabladet became available to anyone on the internet. The number of unique visitors during April exceeded 1.000; in December 2003 the total number was almost 2000. So far in 2004 the webzine has had more than 20.000 unique visitors and the material in Tunabladet focuses heavily on international relationships.
Summary of benefits and transferability (in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian)
Today, publishing student material through Tunabladet is an established part of our school curriculum. Any student - and parent, and teacher! - can easily enter articles in our webzine and, of course, this is an excellent way of presenting any project, regardless of the school subjects involved. The editorial work flow is also a superb way of learning about the media and developing communicative skills in general. Basic knowledge of image and sound editing, layout and production of multimedia is a natural part of the editorial work. From the very start, we chose to have full focus on the content in the webzine and not to waste resources in creating an extremely pretty packaging. This translates to a no-nonsense approach that, in turn, results in serious attitude from everyone involved. The publishing system we use for the webzine runs directly in the web browser, giving us a special edge when working with international projects. Presently we have cooperation with Germany, France and Russia and right now we are aiming at connecting overseas. Naturally, all material once published through Tunabladet is saved in the digital archives, resulting in an automatic portfolio for each and every co-worker. Basically, any school interested in publishing a webzine could do what we have done. We have, however, been able to use our excellent Media lab for the editorial work; without this resource the quality of the material in Tunabladet would be on much more elemenatary level.