Plan now for Constitution Day: Teach the First Amendment

Teachers can prepare now to teach the First Amendment as part of Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with the materials and ideas below. Many teachers incorporate First Amendment instruction into their curriculum on a weekly basis by using news articles to discuss First Amendment issues. In Peter Paccone’s classroom, every Monday is “First Amendment Monday.” The San Marino High School social studies teacher encourages students in his U.S. government classes to look for news stories and editorials...  Read More »

Mini-grants give classrooms premium access to Checkology — a news literacy e-learning platform

The News Literacy Project is offering teachers a new cutting-edge e-learning platform and first-rate resource for the classroom. The Checkology™ e-learning platform incorporates many of the best practices in e-learning, including self-pacing, blended and experiential learning, personalization, rich formative assessment, and student challenges….just to name a few. “We decided to create the platform because the demand for news literacy programming and resources across the country is great a...  Read More »

Citizens around the country promote open government during Sunshine Week

Across the country, citizens are celebrating access to public information during Sunshine Week, March 13-19. The goal of Sunshine Week is to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Here are just a few highlights of Sunshine Week planned during the week all over the country: On March 12, the Chicago Headline Club, Loyola University Chicago and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation are hosting the fourth annual FOIA Fest at Loyola University Chicago’s...  Read More »

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Students spread news through Rookie Reporters program

Courtesy of Sedalia (Mo.) School District 200 Journalism students in Sedalia, Missouri, are expanding their community’s knowledge of school-related news and events through a partnership with the local newspaper. Rookie Reporters is a pilot program sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia; the goal is to improve student communication skills while providing additional local content for the community’s daily newspaper. Journalism students at Smith-Cotton High School report and write news, features and sports stories, as well as opinion pieces, which are published in the Sedalia Democrat and posted on the paper’s website. The pap...  Read More »

Opportunities for students on summer vacation abound!

Students wondering what to do on their summer vacation should be sure to check out the many opportunities and tools available at Opportunities abound for students interested in journalism and digital communication! Students can jump start their career or just have fun with's journalism training, lessons and tech tools resources! Students can take interactive quizzes, learn about new apps and more! Here are other options for students on summer vacation: All students are invited to join the Student Advisory Board — applications are accepted on a rolling basis!  Advisory board members exchange ideas about what is import...  Read More »

Missouri Interscholastic Press Association to continue legacy of ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative

The American Society of News Editors announced today the legacy of its 15-year Youth Journalism Initiative will be carried forward by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association located at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri. As of July 1, MIPA plans to continue operating the Youth Journalism Initiative including its website with training modules and secondary school lesson plans, as well as, Updates, the weekly e-newsletter sent to more than 10,000 national and international subscribers. “We are pleased to have been part of this collaborative effort to educate the next generation of journalists and citizens about why news matter...  Read More »

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