We researched high school newspapers in making this film and found that they almost all have print components, along with the web. Students are trying to affect the community in a real way and it means something to see kids holding a newspaper and reading it. Papers are also keepsakes. People who went to high school with me have kept old issues of the paper in plastic. We want a talisman of these times, even in a digital age.

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Jennifer Miller 's debut novel, The Year of the Gadfly, will be published by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt in 2012. You can reach her at www.byjennifermiller.com or @propjen on Twitter.