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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From Sweden to Missouri – MUJW has International Appeal

Sophie Olsson Barnekow is starting 11th grade at Stockholm International School in Sweden. Last year one of her friends from the USA told her about the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop, MUJW. Once Sophie looked at the website, she decided to apply. “When I found out I was accepted, I didn't believe it at first. The application said that the workshop was mostly for juniors and seniors, so I thought I had a very slim chance,” Olsson said. “I was so overwhelmed with joy because it was something that I had achieved all by myself.” Sophie feels the MUJW experience was a challenge, but it taught her many lessons. “Even though the days were intense, we utilized every minute...  Read More »

Journalism Advisers Offer Advice for the New School Year

Schools across America are gearing up for a new year. Both new and experienced journalism advisers are about to set into motion the production of yearbooks, newspapers, websites, television shows, and more. The first few days and weeks of school help set the pace and tone for journalism staffs. At times, it can seem overwhelming, but here are a few tips to help put your mind at ease. “You should take the time to build relationships within your class. Establishing a team environment makes your work easier the rest of the year.” Jane Bannester, Ritenour High School in St. Louis, Missouri “Start with the basics and teach your students to be good storytellers. Everything else will...  Read More »

Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting

The 2016 ASB Workshop took place in Springfield, Mo July 10–15. 28 teachers from 15 states attended the 16th annual beginner’s workshop to hone their skills as scholastic broadcast journalism instructors. The "boot camp" nature of the workshop offers presentations followed by hands-on applications of the material covered. Teachers become students for a week, and get to experience all the things they will ask their broadcast students to do in the fall. "This was a great year for us. We met some dedicated teachers, and really saw them grow. As the director of the workshop, I think I learn as much as anyone every summer," Dave Davis, ASB Workshop founder, said. The 2017 workshop is set fo...  Read More »

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