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Description:Empowering HS Journalists to Report on Race, Equality, and Social JusticeRead StoryThe Fourth Annual First Amendment Matters PSA Contest Results Are InRead StoryTips for Journalism Programs Challenged to Implement an E-Learning FormatRead StoryNews Media Literacy CornerEmpowering HS Journalists to Report on Race, Equality, and Social JusticeMy name is Jane Bannester and I’m a teacher at Ritenour High School in St. Louis, Missouri.On Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by 28-year-old white police officer Darren Wilson in the city of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. It happened on a Saturday. Our school began its first day of a new school year that Monday. Ritenour High School was in the circle of protests that ran several weeks. It is only 13 miles from Ferguson, separated by an airport. At...Diagnosing Propaganda Techniques in Campaign Ads: Civic Discourse and Media LiteracyPresidential election years present ample opportunities for lessons in media literacy; depending on your outlook and your class dynamics, this is either exhilarating or terrifying. Either way, it’s necessary for us to play a role in helping students navigate the overwhelming messages that surround them. As I have written about in the past, I’ve found rooting my media literacy lessons in classic rhetorical analysis has been the most successful in eliciting meaningful class discussions....Media Literacy Resources: Navigating a Digital SocietyTo thrive and not just simply survive in a digital society, media literacy is a must. People of all ages need to be able to digest and analyze vast amounts of information from various sources. It is critical educators help students effectively create, access, analyze, and evaluate messages in a variety of forms. This resource list can help teachers help their students navigate this process. The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)--which boasts free membership--has resources,...View AllRecent NewsThe Fourth Annual First Amendment Matters PSA Contest Results Are InChoosing winners for the fourth annual SchoolJournalism.org First Amendment Matters PSA contest was not an easy task. Even with the challenges presented by school closures due to COVID-19, we received more entries than ever before.Entries needed to follow the contest specifications that included, but were not limited to: following copyright laws, meeting the time requirement, video on a Vimeo or YouTube platform, and fully addressing the First Amendment. Entries went through three rounds of judging and now the results are in. Our sponsors are excited to honor the winners.Prize sponsors include: the East Central College, Union, Mo., Journalism Program, the Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting,...Tips for Journalism Programs Challenged to Implement an E-Learning FormatAs many schools and districts move to an e-learning format, this leaves production-based classes without their studios, equipment, and software. This doesn’t mean learning stops. The key is to give students options. Of course, we want students to report the events around them. They can do this on their devices and post to their social media accounts. They can edit on their phones or online using software like WeVideo. A student can tag the teacher in all of his or her posts for their grade. In an ideal world, our students will want to continue producing.However, not all students have the same drive or family support. This is where flexibility and other...SchoolJournalism.org launches First Amendment Video PSA Contest 2020Multiple surveys and studies have shown Americans remain unaware of the five freedoms the First Amendment guarantees. When more Americans can name characters from an animated television series than the freedoms outlined by the First Amendment, that is a clear indicator the time for education is now. That education starts with YOU.Here is a chance to spread the message and bring about awareness of the First Amendment.PRIZES: Prize sponsors include: the East Central College, Union, Mo., Journalism Program the Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting SchoolJournalism.org Drake University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication Sign up now to receive free weekly e-newsletter for teaching tips, training, journalism apps and more!
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