All journalism teachers and their students deserve support and training regardless of factors like location, funding and available resources. The National High School Journalism Convention offers fantastic programming for attendees, but the bottom line is that some of the teachers and students most in need are unable to attend.
Teachers are sometimes assigned journalism classes to teach and student media to advise, and, despite their best efforts, are unable to get things rolling. Programs may not have money to print or host a website, and students quickly lose interest when their work has no audience. Or worse, they may get a publication up and running only to come under fire because students didn’t have the necessary law and ethics training.
The adviser outreach program is designed to help journalism teachers and their students develop sufficient skills necessary for producing student media and to connect them to a larger network in the form of a professional learning community with veteran journalism teachers and their students.
Teachers will apply in the spring, and those selected will undergo two introductory sessions online at a convenient spring or summer time to establish goals and develop a relationship with the trainers. During the fall training, students and teachers will benefit from direct instruction, hands-on practice and personal guidance from teacher-trainers. The focus will be reporting/writing, law and ethics, visual presentation and leadership. As part of the training, each school will set up a news website hosted by and funded by School Newspapers Online.
During the same week as the customized training, participants will be part of a free Saturday workshop at their school hosted by JEA/NSPA and open to all scholastic media programs within driving distance. In addition to breakout sessions, the workshop will include activities designed to form or strengthen local connections and professional learning communities.
After the classroom training and Saturday workshop, participants will collaborate as part of an ongoing professional learning community with the teacher-trainers and their students for the rest of the school year and for one year afterward in order to continue the adviser support, measure progress and provide ongoing feedback.
Schools who aren’t selected for the on-site partner project experience will be eligible for a virtual workshop. Advisers will choose a convenient time and topics they would like to have covered. JEA will find experts on those topics and organize a virtual experience for you and your students. All advisers need is a space, an internet connection and the desire to improve the student media they advise!
The online application process has two separate forms, one for the teacher and one for the principal. Both are due by April 1, 2018. (Candidates will receive a link to the principal form after submitting their initial application.) Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.