Advance partners with ECHS newspaper

Published 4:59 pm Sunday, August 31, 2008

By Staff
Staff Reports
The Atmore Advance has teamed up with students and faculty at Escambia County High School to resurrect the school’s newspaper, “EsCoHi.”
Late last year, plans to bring the newspaper back to life began and Wednesday it became official as Advance publisher Adam Prestridge met with school officials.
Prestridge presented a check for $1,000 to ECHS principal Harvey Means, which will be used for upstart costs and day-to-day expenses. The Advance applied for grant funding for EsCoHi through the Alabama Press Association’s Pilot Program and was awarded the funds in early August.
ECHS senior Tray Smith, who is also the political columnist for the Advance, approached Prestridge last year with the idea to get the newspaper up and running again. He will serve as editor for the 2008-09 school year.
Smith said he hated to see EsCoHi inoperable because of its rich history dating back more than 50 years.
Members of the Advance staff will work hands-on with EsCoHi staff to teach them the tools needed to produce a quality product. EsCoHi staff members will learn current newspaper style, reporting techniques, photography, layout and design, advertising sells and distribution during hands-on classes with the Advance staff.
EsCoHi will be printed at the “Andalusia Star-News’” press facility, a sister publication to the Advance, and delivered to the school for distribution. The first issue is planned to hit the newsstands in late September.