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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.

Johnson: Solutions Journalism story ideas

Idea:
What are the reasons that students dropout of college after the first year? We could query recent DHS graduates who have gone away and returned home after the first year.

Covers a response to a problem and HOW that response happened.

I think that we could look into retention departments at colleges to see if they have programs in place to help students who need extra support adjusting to the college environment. I know that there are programs in place for high school kids to explore options to prepare for college, but what about programs that support students when they get there? Intervention programs? Which ones are most effective and how can these programs be implemented in places with lower retention rates (like our local state college that only has a 71% retention rate for freshmen).

Provides EVIDENCE of impact, looking at effectiveness, not just intentions.
-pilots are incomplete
-Qualitative or quantitative data

This pdf outlines a plan for strategies and how funding would be used for North Carolina community college student retention initiatives and intervention programs:
https://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/sites/default/files/state-board/finance/fc_02_budget_and_bond_update.pdf

The programs here would be worth looking into and maybe picking one that is particularly ranked as effective as seen by retention rates to focus on: https://www.ed.gov/college-completion/promising-strategies/tags/Retention

Here are rankings of the top college and university freshmen retention rates for 2019:
https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/freshmen-least-most-likely-return

Produces insights that can help others respond.

To gain insight, it would probably make the most sense to do the research and focus on one particularly effective program that a college is using. To gain insight, we can gather data that shows why the program is effective and show how the retention rates have increased since implementation of the program. We could interview students who have participated in these intervention programs and ask them what worked and didn’t work or might be a limitation or caveat?

Points out any limitations or caveats of the response.

If we are looking at a program with a 99% retention rate, what about the 1%? Why did these students leave? How expensive is the program to maintain and is it sustainable? Why aren’t other colleges doing this yet? Is it a money thing? A numbers thing? A geographical thing? It might be hard to get some of this information and request it.

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