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teachers order classroom newspapers through our NIE department, their
classes are invited to tour The Free Lance-Star. Students may visit
the newsroom and advertising departments at the downtown building on
Amelia and/or the state-of-the art printing plant on Belman Road located
2.5 miles from the Amelia Street location.
The visit to the downtown office includes an overview of A Day in the
Life of The Free Lance-Star followed by visits to the newsroom and
advertising departments. Tours can be tailored to address specific
curriculum objectives. Length: 30-60 minutes
At Print Innovators, students will see some of the most cutting-edge
printing technology available and they’ll learn about learn about
environmental-friendly features of the LEED-engineered plant. The printing
press allows PI to quickly produce The Free Lance-Star as wll as
magazines, other newspapers and products for outside clients. Length:
Schedule a Tour–
must have ordered classroom sets of The Free Lance–Star during
the current school year.
2. Students must
be in grade three or above.
group size is 28 students, one teacher and one chaperone.
Maximum size is 56 students and four adults.
may be scheduled for one hour time slots between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
schedule at least three weeks in advance.
6. To request a
tour, contact Colleen Beirne.
Include your grade level, number of students, your primary objective
for visiting and preferred tour times and dates.
Before the Tour– Introduce
students to newspapers. The tour script is based on the assumption
that students have been exposed to newspapers and are reading
The Free Lance–Star in the classroom. The presentation focuses
on how various departments at a newspaper come together to create a
newspaper–every day of the year. For a list of printing terms that will be used during the tour and a matching crossword puzzle,
click here: Printing Facility Terms | Crossword Puzzle.
the Day of Your Tour–
1. Please arrive
promptly. If your group will be late, call our office at 540/368-5054.
space is available, your bus should park in front of The Free Lance–Star
on Amelia Street and discharge students here. Please monitor departure
carefully, as students will exit the bus on the street side. If
parking is not available on Amelia Street, pull into the William
Street Executive Building parking lot next door to discharge students.
Then proceed to Washington Avenue for available parking. Do
NOT leave the bus parked in the William Street Executive Building
3. One person from
your group should check in with the receptionist in the main lobby.
We will meet students outside and take them to the Community Room
entrance at mid-block Amelia Street.
remind students that they are guests visiting a place of business
and are expected to behave accordingly.
We look forward
to having you and your students as our guests. Students are encouraged
to come with questions about the newspaper.