Don't know if you can help me with this?
My Masters students want to publish their weekly findings in the form of an online newspaper. ie front cover story, back cover story, etc. They want to act as expert journalists and editors on each week's domain based on desk research and industrial expert interviews. Something that looks like a real print edition but online so that they can e-distribute it across the campus. Do you know of any free, education sympathetic providers out there. They want to add photos, etc, etc
Thanks for the input Patrick - have you created online newspapers using wikispaces? If so, I would love to see what you have...
If you are looking for something that actually appears as newspaper might than I am not sure I have the answer for you. I have heard of some sites that may provide that type of formatting but my mind is blanking on them at the moment - I'll check my resources today and get back to you.
I ended up using Edublogs as the newspaper base which cost me a nominal amount ($40 a year so I could be ad-free). However, my bigger issue was that I had the wrong students and the wrong class to launch an online newspaper. Some of my students could write, some could handle the technical end of the class - neither could do both. Additionally, they saw this class as their "fun" hour... I was a bit too ambitious in my first year teaching technology. Three years later I think I am in a better place to put an online paper in place... This clearly won't be an issue for you as your students want to do this and they are well clear of their pubescent years... : ) and the cost is minimal if you want to go through a blog platform.
The other option, as Patrick mentions in his comment, is Wikispaces. Here you will also run into the issues of ads but can pay for an ad-free site with an upgrade. I have used Wikispaces and love them - however, I have no idea how a online newspaper might look on a wiki.
Hope this helps in some way
I don't know a lot about this web host, but here is an example of an online newspaper that is done by the journalism class in the high school where I work: http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/newspa...
Your students could probably get some ideas from here. If you want more information you can email the teacher who is listed on the page.
Also, one of our fourth grade teachers has a weekly student created blog. Each week two students are assigned as roving reporter and roving photographer. They work together to create pictures or video of the weekly happenings in class and share it on the class blog. Though this isn't as extensive as what you have in mind, there may be some ideas here for middle school students: http://randallclass2.blogspot.com/