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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.

Solutions Journalism, covering something we struggled with in past

  • Story Idea
    • We have a few teachers who share their political beliefs in class, sometimes in a way which makes students feel uncomfortable. Students have wanted to address this issue for a while, but we haven’t felt we had a way to cover this that wasn’t polarized. The Solutions Based Journalism presentation may have given us the opportunity to cover this story.
  • Covers a RESPONSE to a problem and HOW response happened
    • As the presidential debates heat up, the climate surrounding it will as well.
    • Students can respond to an issue they see as relevant to our school community.
  • Provides EVIDENCE of impact, looking at effectiveness, not just intentions
    • Students will need to contact other school districts who’ve dealt with this issue in the past (one of these connections was already made at the CSJ Workshop).
    • By looking at how schools have successfully dealt with this issue, our students can present an effective solution.
  • Provides INSIGHTS that can help others respond
    • The point of the story is to show this is a problem because of the current political climate.
  • Points out any LIMITATIONS or caveats of the response
    • Some students may want to name drop regarding teachers who’ve done this. I think it’s important to not focus on specific teachers, but rather how policy shapes this issue and how schools with successful programs have dealt with this same scenario.
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