Welcome to INFOCUS, a special Online NewsHour presentation produced specifically for students. This is an experiment: a new location on the Web that we hope to develop into a spot high school students find fun and worth visiting.
At the Online NewsHour, and at the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, we believe the world is full of interconnected stories. People, events and details that define our world and give us insight into who we are.
Every few months, we will focus on news events that are relevant to young people. Our coverage will include interactive forums with students involved in the story, questions for discussion, opinion pieces by students, and activities that make the news understandable and meaningful.
There isn't a lot of hype surrounding INFOCUS. There is too much Web hype already, most of it designed to turn people into consumers. Our goal is different, and our pressures are not commercial. Rather, the pressure is on us is to create an original site that explores the connections that make up the world. Every news story has a history that is often not reported; every news story is like a path, leading in all sorts of unexpected directions. With your help, we want to make INFOCUS an important path for high school students.
Your input is invaluable. If you're a student, teacher, parent, or individual interested in making young people excited about current events, tell us.
If you're a student interested in writing an editorial, let us know. If you're a teacher who wishes to use the site in the classroom, tell us what you want to see. There are no established models in cyberspace. We need feedback to create a site that works for you, one that helps young people expand their worldview and build a sophisticated understanding of the news.