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5 Things You Can Do: Press

1. Take a News U Course

A project of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, News U is an online resource committed to providing interactive, inexpensive courses that appeal to journalists at all levels of experience and in all types of media.

Officially launched in April 2005, News U offers an innovative approach to helping current or aspiring journalists enhance their skills. Courses range from Journalism 101 to Photojournalism and Media Ethics.

To visit News U, click here.

 

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2. Build Your Skills as a Faculty Adviser

The Radio & Television News Director’s Foundation (RTNDF) provides many free online resources including a four course radio curriculum, teacher to teacher guide and the new Educator in the Newsroom skill-building lessons for media faculty advisers. Each EIN Lesson Plan includes the following:

  • Instructor bio with information on the educator’s fellowship station and lessons learned.
  • Detailed lesson plan with an Instructor's Guide to help facilitate classroom lectures.
  • Handouts available for printing and distribution to students as a supplement to the lectures.
To view a complete roster of the EIN lessons – including subjects like Developing Story Ideas, Producing, and Creating Web Copy, click here.

 

 

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3. Test Your Students’ Knowledge of Student Press Law

To help your students understand their rights and responsibilities as journalists, the Student Press Law Center has produced a 30-minute comprehensive test, as well as quick quizzes on libel, invasion of privacy, copyright, cyberlaw, reporter's privilege, press freedom or access laws.

To find out more and test your knowledge, click here.

 

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4. Revisit Your School’s Free-Press Policies

Visit our free-speech Frequently Asked Questions to ensure your school is striking the right balance between honoring student freedoms, establishing useful school structures, and ensuring that adults are serving as authoritative, not authoritarian, sources of support and guidance.

To visit the FAQs, click here.

 

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5. Strengthen Your School’s Commitment to Youth Media

One of the best ways to create a more open and accountable school culture is by providing a wide range of youth media programs – and ensuring that participating students are educated about the rights and responsibilities of a reporter.

A number of organizations help schools think about how to get started:

The Journalism Education Association supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity.

The Student Television Network (STN) is made up of affiliate schools from coast to coast with an active interest in furthering scholastic broadcasting and video production. STN seeks to "network" students, teachers and schools with one another.

The ASNE High School Journalism Initiative helps scholastic journalism develop and flourish. Its efforts are growing a diverse generation of fledgling journalists and imparting a deeper appreciation of the First Amendment among all teens.

The Radio & Television News Director Foundation’s (RTNDF) High School Journalism Project seeks to identify, inspire, train and challenge the next generation of diverse electronic journalists and First Amendment advocates. Its mission is to develop new scholastic broadcast journalism programs and to strengthen existing projects through collaborations with the professional journalists who are members of RTNDA.

 

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