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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.

Why I teach journalism

After a week of learning new aspects to expand journalism, I am given a boost for the school year, reminding me why I do what I do.

This got me thinking about WHY I teach journalism. Although many journalists may disagree, I think there is a shortage of good journalists today. We need good journalists, so that is one of my reasons. The others are:

  • Journalism teaches students to become good writers, a talent they can use in almost any profession.
  • Journalism teaches students how to communicate and talk, not just communicate electronically.
  • Journalism can introduce students to their passion and teach them how to defend their positions.
  • Journalism teaches laws and ethics that are important to all citizens.
  • Journalism teaches students to be ready at a moment notice, to be ready to write about something new.
  • Journalism teaches students to be inquisitive and how to ask questions.
  • Journalism forces you to look at everything from many perspectives.
  • Journalism teaches you networking and researching and multitasking.
  • Journalism gives students confidence.
  • Journalism allows students to make a difference.
  • Journalism in high school closely mirrors a real-world work environment.


What other subject teaches all of that?!

Why do you teach journalism?


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