TITLE

Newsroom Training at Urban High Schools

AUTHOR(S)
McDonnell, Lynda
PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Summer2004, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p108
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Scholastic journalism is in serious trouble in many parts of the U.S. Budget cuts and a back-to-basics approach to education spurred by standardized testing means that more and more schools are doing without. In Minnesota, only 58 percent of the state's high schools have newspapers. Some of those are four pages photocopies in the school office. There is value and power in teaching students the journalistic process. So many young writers know only the formality of academic essays and the looseness of poetry. Journalism is conversational but exact. It requires intellectual rigor and clear expression, fairness and accuracy, separation of fat from opinion, consciousness that the writer serves an audience. Journalists have much to gain from investing time and money in such ventures. Imagine a newsroom where a reporter whose family once lived in shelters reports ion social policy. Look at the readership numbers among younger people. Most of them are not getting newspapers at home. Producing a newspaper at school is one way to help them develop the newspaper habit. It is more necessary than ever to work now to create opportunities, to push kids with the aptitude and interest for journalism to perform, nudge, coach and mentor them. Stepping back and investing more in high school journalism is exactly what we need to move ahead.
ACCESSION #
13533246

 

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