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Reynolds HSJ Institute

Applications are now being accepted and must be postmarked by March 11, 2013.

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More than 150 teachers say the Reynolds Institute is the best training program they've ever taken part in.

Institute announcements

A look at past participants and the universities involved.

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The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute is an intensive two-week journalism training program for high school teachers. Instruction is based on the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to produce a top-notch student publication, primarily online with multimedia tools.

The Summer 2013 application is available now!

June 16-28     Arizona State University & University of Texas, Austin

July 7-19        Kent State University (Ohio)

July 14-26      University of Missouri & University of Nevada, Reno

Janet Elbom writes about how Reynolds training can be transformative.


Topics include: news literacy, reporting, writing, editing, multimedia, photojournalism, online layout and design, journalistic credibility ethics and responsibilities, opinion pages, the future of news, business-side skills, First Amendment matters, privacy and the state of scholastic press freedom.

The Institute enables and energizes a corps of teachers to:

  • Help students start a multimedia student news outlet online.
  • Dramatically improve the quality of existing student media.
  • Enhance their expertise in areas that include journalism, news literacy, English, civics and social studies.

Specifics about the 2013 Institute

On the application form, select the university programs you are able to attend. All programs are equal in academic rigor and curriculum. Take into account when your teaching duties end in the spring and summer obligations before you select dates.

Please select your preferences based on your availability to fully attend during the specified dates. The program is intensive; we do not allow participants to arrive late or leave early or bring along family members/guests. With your cooperation, we arrange for and cover the cost of the most economical transportation to and from the Institute (usually a flight). We also pay for lodging, meals, books and other course material. We do not want your financial situation (or your school's) to be a barrier.

Know that we always receive two to three times more applicants than spaces, so selection is highly competitive. We want your application to be reviewed by as many selection committees as possible. Your chances for selection increase by selecting multiple university dates. Likewise, selecting just one program diminishes your chances. We welcome both new and veteran advisers who are eager to navigate journalism's new landscape.

The Institutes at the University of Missouri, Columbia and the University of Nevada, Reno, are held at the same time in 2013 and the Institutes for Arizona State University and The University of Texas at Austin are also held at the same time. That means, if you check one, we assume that you are available for the other during that same period as well.

You will receive continuing education credit/professional development units based on what your state or school district allows. If you wish to pay for graduate credit, you may be able to arrange this directly with the university that you attend.

Application procedures

There are four components. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. The completed application form.
  2. A two-page essay. In many ways, this is the heart of the application. Don't wait until the last minute to get to this. Write, edit and rewrite carefully. Tell us about your school, your students and how the Institute will help them, plus any helpful background about you. This is your opportunity to convey your dedication to students and passion for lifelong learning. The essay may either be single or double-spaced.
  3. Your current resume. Please do not send an old one. Make sure your contact information is up to date.
  4. A copy of your most recent print newspaper/newsmagazine and, if they exist, associated websites. If the publication is online only, please include the website address and print out the homepage. If there is no student news outlet, but you and your students are determined to start one, please make that clear in your essay. Include important details that can convince us that it has a chance of succeeding, like whether there is administrative support for you to be an adviser, whether you will teach a journalism class, or if there is a journalism club. We accept applicants from both fledgling and established programs so that you may learn from both the Institute curriculum and from one another.

To ensure accuracy, we strongly encourage you to apply using the online form. If you want to see what the form looks like before you apply, take a look at the PDF. You can find both here: http://www.hsj.org/modules/program_applications/index.cfm

A look back . . .

About the 2012 Reynolds Institute

2012 Arizona State University, Phoenix

2012 The University of Texas at Austin

2012 Kent (Ohio) State University

2012 The University of Nevada, Reno

2012 University of Missouri, Columbia

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This program is generously funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. To learn more about the foundation, go to this link

This page is http://hsj.org/reynolds.