ePals(R) Launches News Now Journalism Center

ePals(R) Launches News Now Journalism Center 
New Journalism Learning Center Helps Students Learn and Publish in an
Authentic Environment to Master Common Core Writing and
Communication, and Gain Valuable College and Career Skills 
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  ePals Corporation (TSX
VENTURE: SLN), an education media company and the world's leading
safe social learning network, today announced the launch of News Now,
a new learning center on www.ePals.com/journalism dedicated to
helping high school students learn professional news and editorial
reporting skills. The center provides resources aligned with "real
world" journalism practices and communications standards such as the
Common Core Standards in the United States, and encourages students
to develop and showcase their own reporting and journalism skills.  
Writing and Reporting -- For Students By Students
 Collaboration is
at the heart of News Now with students encouraged to contribute
articles, and critique and share comments with peers from around the
world. A series of topic areas and "assignment desks," organized by
genre, allow students to publish and learn simultaneously as they
create and post their own work alongside that of professional
journalists.  
"ePals is committed to helping grow and support the next generation
of professional journalists on a global scale," says ePals Co-Founder
and Chief Learning officer Nina Zolt. "With News Now, we invite
students from around the world to participate in activities that will
help them build the professional critical thinking and ethical
reporting skills so vital to maintaining civil discourse, dialogue
and debate on important local, national and international issues in
the 21st century." 
News Now provides a safe, collaborative and interactive environment
where students can: 


 
--  Read and comment on professional and student-generated news organized
    by topic areas including World, Sports, Science, Travel, and Lifestyle
--  Access content around media/news literacy to get students thinking
    about what they are reading with a critical eye
--  Gain critical college and career skills by writing and publishing
    their own stories to the website, and maintaining a portfolio of work
    they can share with others
--  Review and analyze different types of journalism with a toolbox that
    helps them generate hard news, opinion editorials, special interest
    pieces, and features
--  Participate in assignment desks -- thought starters and challenges to
    help students get inspired

  
"ePals Learning Centers bring together people, resources and activities
on educationally relevant subjects," says ePals President Ed Fish.
"Our News Now journalism center, combined with the global scope and
perspective of ePals provides a unique environment for aspiring young
journalists to report on topics that affect them, learn best
practices and share perspectives on issues that impact their futures
in a connected world."  
About ePals Corporation
 ePals Corporation (TSX VENTURE: SLN) is an
education media company and the leading provider of safe social
learning networks (SLN). Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers
elementary and secondary school administrators, teachers, students
and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building
educational communities, providing quality digital content and
facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning.
ePals' award-winning products include: the ePals Global Learning
Network; SchoolMail(R)365; LearningSpace(R); In2Books(R), a common
core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical
thinking skills; and popular children's educational publishing brands
including Cricket(R) and Cobblestone(R). ePals customers and partners
include the International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell
Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts
across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately
800,000 classrooms and reaches millions of teachers, students and
parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. Visit
www.epals.com. For In2Books, visit www.In2Books.com.  
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: 
Sue Hanson
Media Relations
ePals PR
Phone: (763) 657-0987
sue@susanhanson.com 
Will Jarred
SVP, Marketing & Corporate Communications
ePals Corporation
Phone: (703) 885-3400
wjarred@corp.epals.com 
 
 
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