News media should implement citizen journalism into their reporting

November 20, 2015

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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 ...

Fact-checking resources

November 13, 2015

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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...

Young journalists must develop a critical eye for determining website credibility

November 6, 2015

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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, Missour...

Media Literacy Week kicks off around the United States

October 30, 2015

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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...

Students reflect on the First Amendment during Free Speech Week

October 16, 2015

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." With that addition to the U.S. Constitution, the F...

Fact-checking ensures accuracy in television news

October 8, 2015

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The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics requires journalists to seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and be accountable and transparent. While seeking truth, young journalists must remember the importance of verification and ensuring accuracy before sharing information. The...

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

October 2, 2015

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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....

Roundtables provide a template for teaching news literacy skills

September 28, 2015

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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...

New resource for teaching news literacy available on JEA listserv

September 18, 2015

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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...

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

September 11, 2015

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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...