A newspaper club is more than just a means to disseminate information. It is the voice of the student body. It is a place they can voice their opinions, their ideas, and their ideals. The main reason or giving students a voice is that those who feel they can enter the dialogue become participants, rather than spectators.
Writing is a skill. Editing is a skill. Design and layout are skills. Photography is a skill. A newspaper club can provide the basis to learn these skills, enhance these skills, or refine these skills. Students involved in a newspaper club can put into practical application the skills being taught to them in the classroom. One significant difference is that the newspaper isn’t a homework assignment and won’t be seen as such. It is a club. They do it because they want to.