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The Center for Scholastic Journalism is an advocate for high school and middle school journalism. The Center strives to be the preeminent national resource for information about youth journalism and journalism education and one of the most effective national voices supporting scholastic journalists and their teachers. Through an agenda that includes research, programming, teaching and advocacy, th

The Center for Scholastic Journalism is an advocate for high school and middle school journalism. The Center strives to be the preeminent national resource for information about youth journalism and journalism education and one of the most effective national voices supporting scholastic journalists and their teachers. Through an agenda that includes research, programming, teaching and advocacy, th

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Journalism really does teach it all!
04/24/2017

Journalism really does teach it all!

Political attacks on media should concern student journalists
04/03/2016
Political attacks on media should concern student journalists

Political attacks on media should concern student journalists

by Stan Zoller, MJE The cantankerous tone and rhetoric of the 2016 presidential primary races has raised more than a few eyebrows. That’s not breaking news. What may be of note for journalists, and…

Can you imagine teaching and advising a scholastic journalism program without putting the rules of the road first?While ...
04/30/2015
The rules of the journalistic road start with law and ethics

Can you imagine teaching and advising a scholastic journalism program without putting the rules of the road first?

While students are infatuated and seemingly obsessed with online and social media, the essential fundamentals of journalism – including laws and ethics – need to, as “boring” as they may be, need to a dominant part of any education curriculum.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/the-rules-of-the-journalistic-road-start-with-law-and-ethics/

by Stan Zoller, MJE Once a week I find myself at the lo…

At least two schools this winter have had issues with reporting about s*x. Newbury Park High, California, and Rochester,...
03/20/2015
Thinking of reporting s*x-related issues? Some thoughts on handling controversy

At least two schools this winter have had issues with reporting about s*x. Newbury Park High, California, and Rochester, Michigan, experienced complaints not only about the content but about images used in their coverage.

A SPLC article published March 20 looks at both events and the resulting concerns, and is worth your reading. The article also contains important links to additional information.

For more: http://jeasprc.org/thinking-of-reporting-s*x-related-issues-some-thoughts-on-handling-controversy/

At least two schools this winter have had issues with r…

CSJ hosted the Press Rights Committee in Franklin Hall during its three-day retreat.
03/06/2015

CSJ hosted the Press Rights Committee in Franklin Hall during its three-day retreat.

Volunteers collaborate on a new Scholastic Press Rights package on ethical guidelines and staff manual resources.

Making a Difference: In celebration of the anniversary of the February 25, 1969, United States Supreme Court Tinker vs. ...
02/26/2015
Students support peers across the country in censorship case

Making a Difference: In celebration of the anniversary of the February 25, 1969, United States Supreme Court Tinker vs. Des Moines, the JEA SPRC Making a Difference project salutes the Foothills Dragon Press at Foothills Technical High School in Ventura (Calif.) for their support of fellow student journalists across country at the Playwickian, at Neshaminy High School (Pa.).

For more: http://jeasprc.org/students-support-peers-across-the-country-in-censorship-case/

Part four of a series - Making a Difference In celebrat…

by Stan ZollerThe First Amendment guarantees five freedoms: freedom of religion, speech, press, the right to assemble an...
02/11/2015
New Hampshire bill may do more than control surveys

by Stan Zoller
The First Amendment guarantees five freedoms: freedom of religion, speech, press, the right to assemble and the right to petition.

And while journalists – whether student journalists or professional journalists – wrap themselves in the security blanket afforded Americans by the First Amendment, it does not guarantee good journalism.

What does help, and this is not breaking news, is for news organizations, student or otherwise, to check the pulse of their news consumers; in other words, localize national news stories trend stories.

It’s not rocket science and it just makes sense.

Unless you’re in New Hampshire.

For more: http://jeasprc.org/new-hampshire-bill-may-do-more-than-control-surveys/

by Stan Zoller The First Amendment guarantees five free…

by Candace Perkins Bowen“You mean my students’ newspaper can’t win the top award? Just because I read their publication ...
02/03/2015
Contests can help promote students making decisions

by Candace Perkins Bowen
“You mean my students’ newspaper can’t win the top award? Just because I read their publication before it goes to press?” an irate principal asked when he called his state’s scholastic press association a few years ago. Well, not exactly, but in a way – yes.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/contests-can-help-promote-students-making-decisions/

“You mean my students’ newspaper can’t win the top awar…

An article in the Washington Times titled "Liberals' worst nightmare: South Carolina schools move toward pro-gun curricu...
01/30/2015
Our best dream: start from the beginning

An article in the Washington Times titled "Liberals' worst nightmare: South Carolina schools move toward pro-gun curriculum," caught our attention tonight.

SC Rep. Alan Clemmons' proposal would allow, according to the Washington Times, "reasonable pro-gun expression by students." The proposal would require instruction on the right to bare arms for at least three consecutive weeks in the school year.

We applaud a legislator farsighted enough to want students to be aware of the Constitution and to apply its tenets.

We just think he started the process one too late.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/our-best-dream-start-from-the-beginning/

An article in the Washington Times titled "Liberals' wo…

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01/15/2015

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The deadline is approaching for application for this year’s First Amendment Press Freedom Award (FAPFA). If your staffs ...
11/20/2014
December 15 deadline for FAFPA Award application

The deadline is approaching for application for this year’s First Amendment Press Freedom Award (FAPFA). If your staffs have received a Pacemaker or Gold Crown, FAPFA is the next logical step in recognizing journalistic excellence and practice of First Amendment guarantees.

In its 15th year, the recognition is designed to identify and recognize high schools that actively support and protect First Amendment rights of their students and teachers. The honor focuses on press freedoms.

The application can be completed by using a SurveyGizmo form. Deadline for submission is Dec. 15, 2014.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/december-15-deadline-for-fafpa-award-application/

by John Bowen The deadline is approaching for applicati…

Imagine if you will, that one day your administration comes in and without cause, dismantles your journalism classroom, ...
11/13/2014
'Broken Glass' should serve as a solemn reminder

Imagine if you will, that one day your administration comes in and without cause, dismantles your journalism classroom, publication office, and burns every copy of your newspaper and yearbook.

Then, without provocation or notice, the administration corralls your student media staff and yourself and threatens you with termination and your students with expulsion.

All because of who you were and the fact that you and your students advocated and used a voice.

Sound preposterous?
For more: http://jeasprc.org/broken-glass-should-serve-as-a-solemn-reminder/

Lessons of Kristallnacht go beyond the history books by…

by John BowenApplications are now available for this year’s First Amendment Press Freedom Award (FAPFA).In its 15th year...
11/09/2014
Apply now for national First Amendment award

by John Bowen
Applications are now available for this year’s First Amendment Press Freedom Award (FAPFA).
In its 15th year, the recognition is designed to identify and recognize high schools that actively support and protect First Amendment rights of their students and teachers. The honor focuses on press freedoms.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/apply-now-for-national-first-amendment-award/

by John Bowen Applications are now available for this y…

by Candace BowenSometimes it’s the bad things in life that help a person find a cause, a passion or a pathway. From a Pu...
10/19/2014
Embattled editors tell their powerful stories at SPLC dinner

by Candace Bowen
Sometimes it’s the bad things in life that help a person find a cause, a passion or a pathway. From a Pulitzer Prize-winner who sued his principal in the ‘70s to two teens, still closely involved in censorship issues at their own schools, those at the Student Press Law Center’s 40th anniversary dinner Oct. 16 heard stories every teen journalist and adviser should hear.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/embattled-editors-tell-their-powerful-stories-at-splc-dinner/

Sometimes it’s the bad things in life that help a perso…

Oct. 13, 1987 marked the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier arguments that ultimately granted admin...
10/14/2014
19 journalism groups urge administrator organizations to disavow Neshaminy board punishment of...

Oct. 13, 1987 marked the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier arguments that ultimately granted administrators the right to control content of high school media in limited situations.

Oct. 13, 2014 marks a time when 19 journalism organizations joined together to urge national groups of administrators and school boards to openly disavow actions of the Neshaminy (Pa.) Board of Education that even went beyond the constraints of Hazelwood in controlling content and punishing student journalists.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/19-journalism-groups-urge-administrator-organizations-to-disavow-neshaminy-board-punishment-of-paper-adviser-and-editor/

Oct. 13, 1987 marked the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing t…

Oct. 7 is ,  a national event created by AEJMC.The idea is to encourage everyone to engage with news issues and ideas wi...
10/07/2014
On news engagement day, let's engage others with news about censorship

Oct. 7 is , a national event created by AEJMC.

The idea is to encourage everyone to engage with news issues and ideas with students, family and, well, everyone.

Let’s spend the day spreading the word about the banality of censorship, particularly that kind of destructive practice we have seen at Neshaminy High School, Highlands Regional High School, Fond du Lac High School and numerous others.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/on-news-engagement-day-lets-engage-others-with-news-about-censorship/

Oct. 7 is , a national event created…

A report from the American Library Association indicates Internet-filtering software blocks more content than required a...
09/24/2014
What 's being banned in your neighborhood? Banned Websites Awareness Week brings chance to...

A report from the American Library Association indicates Internet-filtering software blocks more content than required and deprives students of access to information and collaborative tools

Titled Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (C**A) 10 Years Later, the report also argues those children most affected are the poor, who might not otherwise have unfiltered Internet Access if they cannot access it at school.

JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Committee would like to see how journalism programs currently fare in today’s filtered high schools. Please complete our survey with your students searching the Internet themselves or interviewing their peers about Internet access to provide a look at the current impact of filtering.

We hope this survey will gather representative information to allow JEA and others to design strategies to help journalism programs work in a less filtered environment.

To obtain access to our survey, please go to:
http://jeasprc.org/what-s-being-banned-in-your-neighborhood-banned-websites-awareness-week-brings-chance-to-examine-extent-of-internet-filtering/

According to a new report from the American Library Ass…

by John Bowen“For speech class, senior Dave Jennings needed to find information about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain,” Maggie B...
09/23/2014
Internet filters: What do they really block?

by John Bowen
“For speech class, senior Dave Jennings needed to find information about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain,” Maggie Beckwith, senior reporter for the Lakewood Times, began her story on the effects of Internet filtering.

“I was trying to go to the Rolling Stone magazine web site to get lyrics” Jennings said. “I couldn’t get to anything.”

Later in the story, Beckwith quoted Judith Krug, director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom, a division of the American Library Association. “Administrators can say they are ‘protecting the children’ but no they not. Filters limit choices young people have in terms of accessing school work and pursuing their own intellectual curiosity.”

That was in 2002.

Beckwith went on to study journalism at Syracuse University and interned at the Student Press Law Center.

Internet filters continued blocking legitimate sites.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/internet-filters-what-do-they-really-block/

by John Bowen “For speech class, senior Dave Jennings n…

by John BowenIt’s ironic that Sept. 17, a day mandated to honor the Constitution of the United States, also this year ma...
09/17/2014
It's ironic


by John Bowen
It’s ironic that Sept. 17, a day mandated to honor the Constitution of the United States, also this year marks the 2-day suspension of Neshaminy adviser Tara Huber for what the board of education calls insubordination.

The board suspended her without pay for failing to stop students from defying its directive. Her crime: She did not censor her students’ actions, actions she had no part in and did not even know about.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/its-ironic/

by John Bowen It’s ironic that Sept. 17, a day mandated…

09/13/2014

Congratulations, Chris Waugaman, 2014 Kent State online graduate and the new Dow Jones News Fund High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. That means we have four instructors and two graduates who can claim that honor!

CD lessons are now availableby Lori KeekleyThe Scholastic Press Rights Commission works to provide information and resou...
09/05/2014
Constitution Day lessons and activities, 2014

CD lessons are now available
by Lori Keekley
The Scholastic Press Rights Commission works to provide information and resources on legal and ethical issues to journalism students, teachers and administrators. SPRC members also work to promote the First Amendment rights of students across the nation, and is a commission of the Journalism Education Association.

We designed our Constitution Day lesson plans to help students celebrate the Constitution and Bill of Rights, as mandated by Congress. Legislation requires schools to offer lessons on the Constitution and how it affects all Americans. Our lesson plans emphasize the First Amendment and particularly the freedoms of speech and the press.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/constitution-day-lessons-and-activities-2014/

by Lori Keekley The Scholastic Press Rights Commission …

Congrats to one of our newest alums  -- Val Kibler -- who is one of three outstanding choices for JEA's Medal of Merit.
08/28/2014
JEA honors advisers with Medal of Merit

Congrats to one of our newest alums -- Val Kibler -- who is one of three outstanding choices for JEA's Medal of Merit.

JEA honors advisers with Medal of Merit August 28, 2014 by admin The Journalism Education Association has selected three teachers as its Medal of Merit honorees. JEA presents this award to members who have provided exceptional service to the national organization and the profession. Award winners wi…

05/09/2014
Teacher Appreciation Week recommendation for principals | jeasprc.org

Teacher Week Recommendation for Principals:
Dear Sir or Madam:

Here’s a little suggestion for Teacher Appreciation Week gift-giving. It will make your journalism teacher happier. Besides it will make you and, most important, your students a lot happier.

My suggestion: An open forum, no-prior-review policy where students, under the guidance of a trained journalism teacher, make the content decisions.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/teacher-appreciation-week-recommendation-for-principals/

Posted by Candace Bowen on May 8, 2014 0 comments Dear Sir or Madam: Here?s a little suggestion for Teacher Appreciation Week gift-giving.

05/04/2014
National scholastic journalism groups’ position on Neshaminy policy proposal | jeasprc.org

National scholastic journalism groups release Neshaminy statement
As the national organizations of journalism educators committed to the training of future journalists and the preparation of citizens for life in our democracy, we write to express our vigorous opposition to the proposed policy changes under consideration by the Neshaminy Board of School Directors that relate to school-sponsored student publications

We find the proposed policy changes, which give school officials virtually unlimited authority to censor student journalism even of the highest quality, educationally unsound, constitutionally insufficient and morally indefensible. They are inconsistent with the student media policies recommended by national education experts.

We are especially offended at the pretense the policy gives of allowing students to “determine the content” of the Playwickian student newspaper while at the same time explicitly giving school officials the authority to censor any material that they “reasonably believe should be prohibited.”
For more: http://jeasprc.org/national-scholastic-journalism-groups-position-on-neshaminy-policy-proposal/

As the national organizations of journalism educators committed to the training of future journalists and the preparation of citizens for life in our democracy, we write to express our vigorous opposition to the proposed policy changes under consideration by the Neshaminy Board of School Directors t…

If you were to make a list of the amazing advisers who grace the walls of journalism scholastic education notoriety, odd...
04/18/2014
Remembering James Tidwell | jeasprc.org

If you were to make a list of the amazing advisers who grace the walls of journalism scholastic education notoriety, odds are you would start rattling of the awards he or she has won.

Pacemakers, Write-off winner, state JOY winners, Best of Show winners, etc. And the list would keep on going.

Recently, journalism education paid homage to a journalism educator whose program never won an award.

Not one.

But there’s a reason for that – he never taught scholastic journalism.

That, however, did not stop James Tidwell, chairman of the Journalism Department at Eastern Illinois from taking the lead as an advocate for student press rights in Illinois. Nor did it stop him from heading up the Eastern Illinois Scholastic Press Association and being Executive Director of the Illinois Journalism Education Association.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/remembering-james-tidwell/

Dr. James Tidwell Recently, journalism education paid homage to a journalism educator whose program never won an award.

04/06/2014
Takedown demands? Here is a roadmap of choices, rationale | jeasprc.org

Because of a growing number of takedown demands, requests for removal of online articles, JEA's Scholastic Press Rights Commission offers guidelines to assist students and their advisers face these requests. Such requests typically come from sources, former staffers or citizens with concerns.

We agree with the Student Press Law Center’s Executive Director Frank LoMonte when he said the SPLC has shied away from telling people a ”right way” to handle takedown requests, leaving the decision to their editorial discretion.

Instead of policy, we offer this package guidelines to help students make informed choices. In all situations, we recommend the SPLC's existing work on the subject, and hope these guidelines will offer a roadmap if your students face takedown decisions.
For more: http://jeasprc.org/takedown-demands-here-is-a-roadmap-of-choices-rationale/

Because of a growing number of takedown demands, requests for removal of online articles, JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission offers guidelines to assist students and their advisers face these requests. Such requests typically come from sources, former staffers or citizens with concerns.

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