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Make plans to help students engage with the news Oct. 6

News Engagement Day, sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, is a great opportunity to encourage students to engage with the news and remind them why news matters. Now in its second year, News Engagement Day aims to increase the public’s appetite for news. This year, it will be celebrated on Oct. 6. News Engagement Day’s goal is to contribute to an informed society and encourage people of all ages to explore news and raise awareness about the importance...  Read More »

Roundtables provide a template for teaching news literacy skills

The National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project, launched in June by the American Society of News Editors, gives a template for how schools can introduce news literacy concepts to students. In partnership with the American Press Institute and The News Literacy Project, the two-year project is helping local communities use the tools of news literacy to spark constructive dialogue on important issues, which builds a better-informed citizenry. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is providing funding....  Read More »

New resource for teaching news literacy available on JEA listserv

A new resource for teaching news literacy is available on the Journalism Education Association’s listserv. Megan Fromm, the news literacy curriculum leader for JEA, is sharing news literacy talking points through the listserv. Each email will provide a resource, such as a link to a current article or issue, as well as talking points about the resource and a learning extension idea that can help teachers build an assignment or activity around the resource, according to Fromm. She will send out...  Read More »

Student Press Law Center provides valuable information to students and their teachers

The Student Press Law Center has been a critical resource for high school and college journalists and their advisers since 1974. The SPLC is “the nation's only legal assistance agency devoted exclusively to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment and supporting the student news media in their struggle to cover important issues free from censorship,” according to their website. The SPLC provides legal advice and educationa...  Read More »

Constitution Day offers annual holiday to teach the First Amendment

Constitution Day is observed annually each Sept. 17, the day the United States Constitution was signed in 1787. Schools receiving federal funds must provide programming on the history of the Constitution on Sept. 17 every year. Begun in 2001, it also offers an annual day that teachers can bring lessons about the First Amendment into their classrooms. is a one-stop shop for lesson plans dealing with the First Amendment, censorship and student press rights. Additional lesson plans and resources on ...  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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