MTV has given the green light to “The Paper,” an eight-part series following the staff of a real high school newspaper.
The unscripted series will follow students working on The Circuit, the award-winning newspaper at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla. The series is scheduled to air in the winter of 2008.
"Reality shows are so often stupid,” Cypress Bay journalism teacher Rhonda Weiss told The Miami Herald. “These kids are really bright. It's nice to see the focus on these kids,"
Executive producer Marshall Eisen told Variety that MTV is avoiding the phrase "reality series" for this show. Rather than fabricating a drama, the producers found a high school newsroom and filmed it. "It's more of a docu-series, where we're talking about the lives of our participants," Variety quotes Eisen as saying. "And it's just a great way to get inside high school."
"The Paper" is produced by MTV News and Docs, the "serious" branch of MTV.
The Miami Herald has an audio interview with Amanda Lorber, editor in chief of The Circuit.
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