• High school students, teachers report student media censorship

    Twenty-five years after the Supreme Court limited First Amendment protections for high school student journalists, a survey of students and media advisers attending a national journalism convention suggests that censorship in their schools is a common occurrence. Read More
  • Training teachers, two weeks at a time

    When high school teachers want to start a student media program at their school, or jumpstart an existing one, they turn to the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. Once again in 2012 Kent State will be one of five universities to host the intensive, two-week summer program. Read about our 2011 Institute and see some of the work our participants produced. Read More
  • 2011 Scholastic Journalism Census: The most complete national count ever

    One of the most extensive national counts of American public high school student media ever conducted is now released! CSJ’s groundbreaking report reveals that student media presence remains strong, but schools with large poor and minority student publications have diminished opportunities. Online student media numbers are lagging across the country. And student newspapers are not the most common form of student media. Read More
  • Professional and scholastic journalists working together

    One of the ways working journalists give back to the scholastic journalism programs where their careers began is by volunteering a few hours to help train the next generation. The Center for Scholastic journalism fosters those connections through the CSJ Volunteer Network, connecting professionals with scholastic press associations in their region. Read More
  • Our online masters degree means learning from the best

    Kent State’s master of arts degree for journalism educators is the only program of its kind in the nation: journalism school-based and entirely online. But the reason teachers seek us out is our outstanding faculty, including the 2010 National High School Yearbook Adviser of the Year, Sarah Nichols. Read More
  • CSJ staff: equal parts experience and enthusiasm

    The Center for Scholastic Journalism staff includes two former National High School Journalism Teachers of the Year, a former director of the Student Press Law Center and dedicated Kent State students all working to make high school journalism better. Read More
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Mary Beth Tinker a Hit as Keynoter

“She’s a rock star!” said one of the more than 350 high school journalists and their advisers who met Mary Beth Tinker at OSMA’s state convention April 5 & 6, 2013.

Not only did she present the keynote at the awards banquet, but she was also the speaker for the interview and commentary contests, and she was surrounded by students and advisers before and after all her presentations.

Tinker said she thought the students were pretty amazing, too, and thrilled at least one school when she noted some stories they wrote that showed they were standing up for themselves.

Watch the video here.

Scholastic Journalism Research

The Center for Scholastic Journalism is committed to conducting and collecting the best national and international research on scholastic media and the role it plays in journalism education and citizenship training. From the most accurate national data on the number of scholastic media programs to the benefits those programs provide to students and schools, the Center's collection of research is a window into the world of student media.


Forum Schools

The Center for Scholastic Journalism has created an interactive map to showcase schools where student press freedom and editorial independence are protected by school policy or practice. Help us highlight those student media operating as designated public forums for student expression.


Volunteer Network

The Center for Scholastic Journalism helps to connect media professionals who want to volunteer their time to assist state and regional organizations of high school journalists.



Online Master's Degree

In 2007, Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication became the first journalism school in the country to offer a Master of Arts degree for journalism educators that is entirely online. The program emphasizes skills and theory teachers can study today and use in their classrooms tomorrow.


25 Years of Hazelwood

In January of 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case Hazelwood School District vs. Kuhlmeier. The ruling limited the strong First Amendment protection that had been afforded scholastic journalists by the courts before that time. Public school officials were given greater — but not unlimited — authority to censor than they’d ever had before.


ASNE Reynolds Institute

The ASNE Reynolds Institute is an intensive two-week summer journalism training program for high school teachers and student media advisers sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation hosted at Kent State University and four other college campuses.


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