Journalism Teachers Learn Multimedia Skills, Strategies at ASNE
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UT-Austin’s School of Journalism will host 35 high school teachers from across the country for a week of training in skills that range from reporting and news writing to multimedia and design.
The journalism teachers also will engage in discussions about media ethics, news literacy and First Amendment rights during the July 13-17 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute.
The institute is one of four funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and administered by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) through its Youth Journalism Initiative. The others are held at Arizona State University, the University of Missouri and Kent State University.
More than 2,200 high school teachers have completed the program since its inception in 2001. This is the final year.
A grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation covers all travel, housing and instructional expenses for the teachers, who also receive paid membership to the Journalism Education Association and their state or regional scholastic press association.
In their week at UT, the teachers will learn how to best cultivate student media for digital platforms. Participants in last year’s institute worked in teams to build multimedia news sites that published packages focusing on Austin. The teachers receive hands-on learning experience and hear from media professionals. Speakers at this year’s institute include Corrie MacLaggan, managing editor of The Texas Tribune, and Jeanne Acton, director of the Interscholastic League Press Conference.
Co-director George Sylvie said the institute’s work with teachers helps prepare young journalists. “I’m honored and proud to be hosting our 14th institute,” he said. “The work of high school journalism teachers is essential to students’ present and future civic lives.”
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