Good morning --
I am the advisor for two student newspapers -- one at a public elementary school and a (new) one at the public middle school.
We have posted the elementary school paper, the Cunniff Kids News, (http://teacherweb.com/MA/WatertownCunniffElementary/Newspaper/newsflash.stm) on a modified TeacherWeb site for the past two years. But it has limitations, from a production standpoint.
As I was investigating other options, I discovered that two fabulous scholastic newspapers, The Daytime in Newton, Mass. (http://www.thedaytime.org/online/?p=69) and the Garfield Messenger (http://www.garfieldmessenger.com/) in Seattle are WordPress productions. (Garfield is even a FEATURED site on WP.org!)
But I have questions:
* Being that we are nonprofit public school organizations, can we set-up shop on WP.com *IF* we are planning on selling ads?
* Does it matter if we set up shop at WP.com or WP.org? (Is there a difference?)
* In terms of usage and access, is the WP environment conducive toward this project? Or would the kids be limited in how they could access, update, design, and change the newspapers by their location or what machines they worked on?
* How much expertise do the advisors and teachers need to set up the newspaper pages? Or is it so easy that the students could get going soon after logging on?
Thanks very much for your help and advice