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 »

Sunshine Week offers teachers opportunity to teach watchdog journalism

Knowing how to access information, such as public records, is a critical component of news literacy and an important role of journalists. Started by the American Society of News Editors in 2005, Sunshine Week, March 13-19, provides the perfect opportunity for educators to address the Freedom of Information Act, Sunshine Laws, open government and watchdog journalism in the classroom. The federal Freedom of Information Act was enacted on July 4, 1966, and guarantees that any person has a right...  Read More »

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Start planning fundraising activities for next year

Fundraising for student media programs is not always easy, but here are some tips and tricks students and teachers can use to increase revenue: Advertising Advertise different community events and businesses. Summer camps, photography studios and formal wear shops are always dependable sources. Create an advertising packet with a cover letter, rate sheet and student buying habits. Extra tip: Google ads is an option for online newspapers. Donations Write a letter explaining the value of the journalism program and ask parents for donations. Local organizations, such as Kiwanis and Rotary, might also be willing to contribute. Check out It allows schools to accept online donat...  Read More »

Storify offers a simple way to go social

Storify offers an easy way to tell stories using posts that people have made public on their social media channels. There are countless ways a creative student media organization could use this tool. But first, the basics. “Storify lets you curate social networks to build social stories, bringing together media scattered across the Web into a coherent narrative,” according to Storify’s website. How does it work? Storify’s story editor lets users search for terms on social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram. It’s drag-and-drop feature lets users easily embed media, including text, photos and videos, into their story, so users don’t need any c...  Read More »

ASNE offers journalism advisers top-notch resources for recruiting new students

Even though there might still be plenty of work to be done this year, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next year. The time for recruiting next year’s staff is now. Staff recruiting must be a well-planned out priority for advisors and teachers as student media, like most things, is a team production. Visit for plenty of resources on staff recruitment and management, including: Newsroom Management Staff Job Descriptions How to Start a High School Newspaper Here are some more resources from ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute instructor Sue Skalicky on recruiting and managing: Student Media Staff Application Student Media Job Descr...  Read More »

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