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  • December 15, 2015 – Bill of Rights Day
  • January 29, 2016 – Colorado Student Media Association Winter Thaw
  • February 19, 2016 – Alabama State Scholastic Press Association Convention
  • February 21, 2016 – Scholastic Journalism Week begins
  • February 24, 2016 – Southern Illinois School Press Association Winter Conference
  • February 29, 2016 – Colorado Student Media Association Capitol Hill Press Conference
  • March 16, 2016 – Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Scholastic Convention

News media should implement citizen journalism into their reporting

In a world where cameras are everywhere, citizen journalism has transformed how journalists do their job. “Students and even adults have really started to use citizen journalism as a means of bypassing the traditional media gatekeeper,” Megan Fromm said. “It can be a really empowering form of communication, a way of saying ‘I was here, and this is what I saw’ when the ‘big media dogs’ aren't paying any attention. It has also provided journalists with an array of story ideas, angles...  Read More »

Fact-checking resources

As journalists, students must understand the importance of finding facts, verifying these facts and ensuring accuracy in stories before disseminating information. Handled carelessly, inaccurate facts in stories have the power to cause serious miscommunication among readers. It is essential that journalists apply vigorous fact-checking to all facets of the media. Here are some fact-checking resources teachers can use in the classroom: Global Fact Checking Poynter has an entire section of their website devoted to th...  Read More »

Young journalists must develop a critical eye for determining website credibility

Anyone and everyone can publish content on the Internet. Therefore, it is essential for young journalists to develop a critical eye when reporting on information found on the Internet. Don Goble teaches broadcast, technology, multimedia and film at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis, Missouri. In his classes, Goble teaches students media literacy skills through ​creation and project-based learning​. When teaching the lesson of determining credibility, Goble said he has students crea...  Read More »

Media Literacy Week kicks off around the United States

The National Association for Media Literacy Education defines media literacy as “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, communicate and create using all forms of media.” “Media Literacy is of utmost importance for young student journalists,” NAMLE Executive Director Michelle Ciulla Lipkin said. As the media and news landscape continues to evolve, young journalists must understand core media literacy skills so they can comprehend issues of bias, privacy, credibility and agenda ...  Read More »

Young journalists learn to identify biases in reporting

  According to the ASNE Statement of Principles, journalists must practice impartiality. Practicing impartiality demands that journalists make a clear distinction for the audience between news reports and opinion. Furthermore, a reporter’s job is to present a balanced story with voices from every side. While bias is an inevitable aspect of journalism, it is important that journalists examine and manage their own biases. There are many different biases that young journalists must take c...  Read More »

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Why do you teach scholastic journalism?

Watch teachers from the 2014 ASNE/Reynolds High School Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri articulate the purpose and value of scholastic journalism.

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