Reynolds High School Journalism Institute


Applications are now closed.

Participants selected for the Institute will be notified by May 1.

NEW FOR 2015! The 2015 Institute is a one-week hands-on experience. Additional training will be online before and after the Institute. Teachers who have previously attended the Institute are welcome to apply.

FINAL-YEAR CELEBRATION! To celebrate the Institute’s final year, 10 people will win $100 prizes for referring family, friends and colleagues to apply. Click here to see the rules!

The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute is geared to help teachers start, reinvigorate or expand secondary-school media programs. The Institute combines in-depth instruction on journalism skills and hands-on experience. The 2015 Institute will include online pre- and post-Institute training. Any teacher will be able to utilize the online training materials. Teachers selected to participate in the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute will be invited for one week of hands-on training at premier universities. Teachers will learn how to produce top-notch student publications, primarily online with multimedia tools.

Teachers may apply for any location that fits their schedule. The selection committees will choose 35 participants for each Institute:

Arizona State University: June 21-27
University of Texas at Austin: July 12-18
Kent State University: July 12-18
University of Missouri: July 19-25

Funding for the Institute comes from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The charitable grant supplies all travel, housing and instructional expenses for the teachers, as well as optional continuing education credit, so there is no cost to teachers or their schools. The online training is also free.

The Institute covers an array of topics, including news and information literacy, reporting, writing, editing, multimedia, photojournalism, online layout and design, journalistic credibility, ethics and responsibilities, opinion pages, the future of news, business-side skills, First Amendment matters, privacy and the state of scholastic press freedom. For more details, see completed projects from previous Institutes.

Teachers learn how to report on live events. Each teacher completes various projects throughout the Institute to gain valuable experience. Teachers also develop lesson plans and journalism curriculum.

Since its inception in 2001, the Institute has trained more than 2,200 teachers. Most participants tell us the Institute is the best professional development they’ve ever received. Participants use the knowledge they gain at the Institute to advance in their careers and become leaders in the profession. Many receive recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Journalism Education Association, the Dow Jones News Fund and other organizations for their contributions to journalism education. Institute participants who later received recognition from the Dow Jones News Fund include:

Teachers of the Year
Ellen Austin, 2012; Valerie Penton Kibler, 2010; Alan Weintraut, 2006.
(Read a Q&A with Ellen Austin about how the Institute shaped her career.)

Distinguished Advisers
Stan Zoller, 2011; Coni Grebel, 2010; Susan Goins Newell, 2010; Joe Humphrey, 2010; Christina Geabhart, 2009; Logan Aimone, 2005.

Special Recognition Advisers
Ana Rosenthal, 2013; Derek Smith, 2013; Jeff Kocur, 2012; Melissa Wantz, 2012; Rebeca Zimmermann, 2012; Scott Menscher, 2011; Starr Sackstein, 2011; Elizabeth Cardenas, 2010; Noreen Connolly, 2007; Stephen Chiger, 2006; Cindy Pshigoda, 2003; A. Mario Rios Jr., 2001.

The Institute is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

The American Society of News Editors administers the Institute. ASNE is a nonprofit professional organization formed in 1922 that promotes principled journalism, protects First Amendment rights and fights for open government. Key ASNE initiatives include leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion, and youth journalism. The ASNE Youth Journalism Initiative created and operates

Unable to attend? See recorded sessions below. You also can obtain handouts and view excerpts and reports on sessions. In 2015, additional online training will be available for those unable to attend the Institute.

Recorded Sessions

2013 University of Missouri

2012 University of Missouri

2011 University of Missouri

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