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BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) - Journalism is going high tech when it comes to school newspapers these days, and the next generation of reporters at Walter Johnson High School is learning how to break the big story.

Working on the school newspaper, called "The Pitch," means you have to be a multimedia journalist.

"I shot and edited this video of the swim and dive team," said senior Katie Levingston.

From video to slideshows, reporters do it all to provide stories for print and online editions.

Junior Ryan Lynch said, "We write blurbs about the games every day and all that goes on line, whereas the print paper that comes out once a month. We have to pick out topics more carefully."

Whether it's in print or online, they will tackle the tough issues: is the President doing a good job in his first term, students getting recruited by the military, even sex in the suburbs. They will ask the tough questions

Entertainment, sports, and opinion columns are part of what they do.

Taliah Dommerholt works on a feature about cool jobs. Her own goal is to be "a foreign affairs correspondent."

Students even learn the business side of news gathering - selling advertising. With yearly production costs approaching $12,000, that's a necessity.

Of businesses, sophomore Phillip Resnick said, "They are pretty open to buying an ad. If not we can always find another advertiser somewhere."

If you have a Cool School e-mail Mike Hydeck your story ideas at coolschools@wusa9.com. Catch our Cool Schools reports every Friday morning at 5:45 a.m.

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