Gonzo’s successors plan to take the paper fully online, telling him, “There ain’t no principals in cyberspace.” With all the cyber-bullying we’ve seen recently, isn’t this attitude dangerous?

This movie is very much a response against how kids are hurting each other. The new editors won’t be bullying people online. They want to do what Gonzo did, only smarter. But it’s a double-edged sword. Bullies used to send a nasty note to ten people. Now you can post that note and it will follow you for the rest of your life.

Do high schools today prefer blogs and websites over print newspapers?

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.

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.