CHICAGO, June 9 (UPI) -- Chicago Tribune Media Group and Chicago Public Schools officials said they are creating a weekly newspaper and Web site aimed at high school students.
The newspaper and its companion Web site will be the only media products in the Chicago market serving teens exclusively, the partners said.
"We want to redefine what a high school newspaper can be, so we put a lot of thought into how we can improve the media experience for local teens," Scott Smith, Chicago Tribune president and publisher, said in a statement Monday. "This audience represents our city's future and the new weekly student newspaper and Web site will help them be better informed and engaged with their communities."
The Chicago Tribune said it will distribute 100,000 copies of the new weekly newspaper to all Chicago Public Schools high schools beginning in September.
The newspaper's content will be largely written by students, while Tribune editors will review and edit all content.
"This partnership brings great opportunities for our students to get invaluable work experience alongside professional journalists," added Arne Duncan, chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. "It also will be a useful tool to improve students' reading and writing skills, while keeping them connected to current events."