Entry level camera for school magazine

Hey everyone,

I've recently taken over the "job" of the layout artist of our school magazine, and first thing I did was to get the financial department (if you can call one person "department") to consider getting a camera, because the pictures writers take with their own cameras/phones are truly unbearable. However, resources are very limited, as it's released twice a year with a edition of only 500 copies.

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It has been done for years, but I think pictures like this one are definitely unprintable.

Short version: I'm looking for a camera around 500 bucks, that enables people who have only very basic/no knowledge of cameras to take at least acceptable photos in everyday situations (low light/ macro is not important).

I would greatly appreciate any advice you can give me!

Thanks in advance,

Philipp