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A free summer seminar for experienced high school journalism advisers

From the 23 teachers who attended this workshop in July 2019, we have included Solutions Journalism Story Ideas, other Story Ideas for a whole range of topics and Tech Examples of something they learned, many of these for data visualization, plus some resources anyone can use in the future for these topics.

SoJo idea: Loving

The story focuses on a food and supply closet that our school has established to help out our students and families who might be short on resources.

  1. Response: The problem is the population of low-income families in our school and district is growing. Led by a couple of teachers, a food pantry and supply closet (called Maslow’s) was created in a vacant area of the school. Items have been collected through business donations, food drives, etc. 
  2. Evidence would be the number of students/families who have used it, an example of the items that have been collected.
  3. Produce insight by interviewing those who created and manage the pantry and those who help with collections. 
  4. Discuss the limitations and caveats: Often get too many of certain items, not enough of others; space; getting the word out to those in need; stigma of those who don’t like to ask for help.  What is being done to alleviate these problems. 


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