Advisor's Blog

Welcome to ASPV News! This online news magazine is produced by the journalism class at the American School of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. This is a project of the first journalism class at ASPV and the first online news site produced by students about school and community life in Puerto Vallarta.

Thank you to Camp STN (www.campstn.com), a program for journalism teachers with the help of the McCormick Foundation and the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s High School Journalism Broadcast Project. Thank you very much to Dave Davis and your team. Your teaching inspired this site.

Speaking of inspiring, ASPV students have tackled a variety of issues in journalism class, from the popularity of wakeboarding to a behind-the-scenes look at the music program at ASPV. Another story about community service has spurred donations, with an investigation about efforts to build a community school just outside of Puerto Vallarta. If you have a story to tell, please let us know about it, as we build the journalism program at ASPV and our online news magazine.

Great storytelling and making a difference in the community is at the heart of the journalism class. I was reminded of this as I plucked Anne Lamont’s classic book on writing, Bird by Bird, off the shelf. Good stories decrease our sense of isolation, she writes, and “deepen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.” She recalls her brother being faced with the daunting task of writing a report about birds. Hunkered down at the kitchen table, close to tears, Anne’s father simply said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” Show, don’t tell. Capture a few moments that can give a lifetime. And have fun. Here at ASPV, as we launch this site “bird by bird”, we hope we accomplish Anne’s ideals about storytelling. And we hope you enjoy our stories. Contact us at aspvnews@gmail.com.

 

Sincerely,

Allyson Williams

Journalism and AP Psychology teacher

American School of Puerto Vallarta

Mexico

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