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ASNE Institutes sharpen scholastic newspaper advisers

Aug. 4, 2004

RESTON, Va. – As part of an aggressive, comprehensive effort to strengthen scholastic journalism, 147 teachers from 38 states plus the District of Columbia have completed the fourth annual American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Institute.

We value and respect the role that teachers play in helping young people discover a passion for journalism, just as I did in middle school. Knowledgeable, confident advisers are the key to helping students start or strengthen a school newspaper. The entire school community benefits from a free and fair independent press that gives a voice to many,” said Karla Garrett Harshaw, ASNE president. She is the editor of the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun and senior editor of Cox Community Newspapers.

Earlier this year, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation renewed a three-year, $5 million grant to ASNE to pursue high school journalism initiatives from 2004 until 2006, including the summer Institute. Four other ASNE scholastic journalism initiatives are detailed on the next page.

For the fourth straight year, five accredited university journalism schools hosted ASNE Institutes. The attendees qualified for graduate or continuing education credits, with all expenses covered by ASNE through the Knight grant. The 2004 host universities were:

  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, July 11-23.
  • University of California at Berkeley, June 13-25.
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, July 18-30.
  • University of Texas at Austin, July 18-30.
  • Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C., July 11-23.

Each journalism school added its unique strengths to a dozen journalism topics and skills workshops outlined by ASNE. Dozens of newspaper professionals and scholastic journalism leaders partnered with the universities, supplementing the faculty in shaping and leading the sessions. A total of 701 teachers have completed the ASNE Institute since its inception in 2001.

The Institute’s overall goals are to inspire teachers who:

  • Are better informed about journalistic practices, news values and ethical decision making.
  • Have stronger writing, editing, graphic, photography, Web and business skills needed to help students start or improve independent school newspapers.
  • Can shift the focus of many high school newspapers to fair and balanced news reporting and writing rather than essay writing.
  • Instill a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the First Amendment.
  • Extend the learning by asking each teacher to share their training with 10 peers.

“High school is the last, best time when young people from all walks of life are together and have the opportunity to learn that the First Amendment is vibrant, relevant and worth standing up for,” said Charlotte Hall, 2004-05 chair of ASNE’s High School Journalism Committee and editor of the Orlando Sentinel.

Recruitment includes outreach to schools in urban and rural areas where journalism programs are under stress. Of this year’s 147 schools, 70 (48 percent) have minority student populations of 50 percent or higher. Of the teachers, 28 (19 percent) identified themselves as people of color.

Follow-up support is key to the Institute’s success. In addition to the two-week training, the teachers receive paid membership to:

  • The Journalism Education Association, an independent national scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers.
  • The teacher’s state or regional scholastic press group.
  • The Student Press Law Center.

The editor of the local daily paper in each teacher’s community is notified and encouraged to make contact with the school’s journalism class or club.

Also, an academic-year subscription to the teacher’s local daily newspaper for use in the classroom is arranged, as are subscriptions to American Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review and The American Editor. Each teacher has also been provided with the building blocks of a classroom media library, including an AP Stylebook, a primer on scholastic press law, press ethics guides, news writing texts and a design handbook.

Application forms for teachers who wish to apply to the 2005 ASNE Institute will be mailed to high schools this fall and will be accessible online.

The other four key components of the ASNE high school journalism initiative are:

highschooljournalism.org: An educational Web site for students interested in journalism, their teachers/advisers, guidance counselors and newspaper editors. Regularly updated content includes lesson plans, interaction with professional journalists, updates on scholastic press freedom issues, a database of scholarships and training programs for students and teachers and links to more than 400 university journalism programs.

My.highschooljournalism.org: About 275 high school newspapers are already hosted on this site, which provides online search and archiving capabilities. A one-time $25 application fee is used toward journalism materials for the school. There are no other fees. Cut and past methods are used to upload stories, headlines, photos and other material. Middle and elementary school newspapers are hosted on my.schooljournalism.org.

ASNE Journalism Partnerships: Daily newspapers seek out individual high schools or school districts to jointly submit applications to ASNE for specific projects to launch a student newspaper or improve an existing one. Funding of up to $5,000 is available for computer hardware and software for the school newspaper if a clear need and attainable goals are demonstrated. Partnerships for the 2004-05 school year will be announced later this month. Applications for the 2005-06 school year will be mailed to daily newspapers in the April 2005.

ASNE/KRT High School Newspaper Service: ASNE and Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services have teamed up to offer a full-scale wire service to high school newspapers to dramatically improve the resources available to scholastic journalism. Stories, photos, graphics, illustrations and Web content aim to supplement, not supplant, the work of the high school newspaper staff. A one-time $50 application fee to ASNE Foundation covers the cost of journalism materials sent to the school. There are no other charges.

ASNE is the principal organization of the top editors at daily newspapers throughout the Americas. Founded in 1922 as a non-profit professional organization, ASNE focuses on the professional development of its members and journalism-related issues, including the First Amendment, newsroom staff diversity, journalism education, editorial innovation, journalism credibility and the newspaper’s role in providing information necessary to the informed practice of citizenship.

The Knight Foundation’s Journalism Program, based in Miami, supports organizations engaged in the education of current and future journalists.

For more information contact:

Diana Mitsu Klos

ASNE Senior Project Director 703-453-1125, dmk@asne.org

2004 ASNE High School Journalism Institute attendees

ARIZONA (1)

  • Michelle Coro, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix (University of California, Berkeley)

ARKANSAS (2)

  • Judith Murray, Parkview Magnet High School, Little Rock (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Karla Shaw, Blytheville High School (Winthrop University)

CALIFORNIA (16)

  • Deborah Acosta, Riverdale High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Daniel Allen, Tulare Western High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Ronaldo Bandoy, Eric Birch High School, Fontana (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Susan Callahan, Jefferson High School, Daly City (University of California, Berkeley)
  • John Carroll, Shandon High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • James McCarthy, Grace Davis High School, Modesto (University of South Florida)
  • Tamra McCarthy, Thomas Downey High School, Modesto (University of South Florida)
  • Elyse Medlin, California High School, Whittier (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Jessica Morrison, Piner High School, Santa Rosa (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Geoffrey Pinney, Santa Ana High School (Winthrop University)
  • Roberta Prescott, Denair High School (University of South Florida)
  • Alva Ramon, John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, Sun Valley (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Janine Schank, South San Francisco High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Lynn Slobodien, Urban School of San Francisco, San Francisco (University of Texas/Austin)
  • So Hee Tan, Walnut High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Rachel West, Franklin High School, Stockton (University of Texas/Austin)

COLORADO (1)

  • Christin Wendt, Brighton High School (University of California, Berkeley)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (2)

  • Anna Kinsman, Anacostia Senior High School (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Deloris Ramsey, Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School (University of South Florida)

FLORIDA (4)

  • David Bradford, Edgewood Junior/Senior High School, Merritt Island (University of South Florida)
  • Adriana Fajet, Doral Academy Charter High School, Miami (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Joseph Malley, Deltona High School (University of South Florida)
  • Diana van den Boogaard, Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School (University of South Florida)

HAWAII (3)

  • Alisa Bender, Lanakila Baptist High School, Ewa Beach (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Jo Ann A. G. Mastin, Farrington High School, Honolulu (Kent State University)
  • Vail Matsumoto, Waipahu High School (University of California, Berkeley)

IDAHO (2)

  • Marla Allen, Centennial High School, Boise (University of South Florida)
  • Lana Marriage, Rimrock Junior/Senior High School, Bruneau (University of Texas/Austin)

ILLINOIS (4)

  • William Himmelmann, George Collins High School, Chicago (Kent State University)
  • Paul Jones, Foreman High School, Chicago (University of South Florida)
  • Jungsun Moon, Martin Luther King College Preparatory High School, Chicago (University of South Florida)
  • Amy Paul, Bloom Township High School, Chicago Heights (University of Texas/Austin)

INDIANA (2)

  • Marsha Flora, North Side High School, Fort Wayne (University of South Florida)
  • Carol Kazmierczak, Lebanon High School (Kent State University)

IOWA (2)

  • John McBride, Fort Dodge Senior High School (University of South Florida)
  • Pat Rothamel, Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines (University of Texas/Austin)

KANSAS (2)

  • Julie Barker, El Dorado High School (Kent State University)
  • Jane Wagner, Russell High School (Kent State University)

KENTUCKY (1)

  • Elizabeth Palmer, Shawnee High School, Louisville (University of Texas/Austin)

LOUISIANA (1)

  • Ronald Donn, Neville High School, Monroe (University of California, Berkeley)

MARYLAND (2)

  • Maureen Freeman, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Kimberley Harris, Randallstown High School (University of Texas/Austin)

MASSACHUSETTS (3)

  • Debra Colbert-White, Revere High School (University of South Florida)
  • Samantha Dawson, Boston Community Leadership Academy (University of California, Berkeley)
  • John Flynn, Wareham Senior High School (University of South Florida)

MICHIGAN (4)

  • Deniescha Alexander, Pershing High School, Detroit (Winthrop University)
  • Colleen Chase, Walkerville High School (University of South Florida)
  • Joni Lantry, Detroit School of Industrial Arts (Kent State University)
  • Jason Skiba, Battle Creek Central High School (Kent State University)

MINNESOTA (3)

  • Melis Arik, Roosevelt Senior High School, Minneapolis (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Beth Gauger, West Lutheran High School, Plymouth (University of South Florida)
  • Jonathan Loo, Arlington Senior High School, St. Paul (Winthrop University)

MISSISSIPPI (3)

  • Marsha Bond, Velma Jackson High School, Camden (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Jillian Dunmore, Jefferson County High School, Fayette (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Donald Vardell, Moss Point High School (University of Texas/Austin)

MISSOURI (2)

  • Bruce MacKenzie, Metro Academic and Classical High, St. Louis (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Nicholas Nemmers, Central High School, Kansas City (Winthrop University)

MONTANA (2)

  • Kate Fehringer, Shields Valley High School, Wilsall (Kent State University)
  • Julie Seiffert, Hardin High School (University of California, Berkeley)

NEVADA (1)

  • Gary Baer, Wooster High School, Reno (Kent State University)

NEW HAMPSHIRE (2)

  • Elizabeth Morris, Salem High School (Winthrop University)
  • Kelly Sewell, Hollis/Brookline High School, Hollis (Winthrop University)

NEW JERSEY (6)

  • Judith Bolton, Middletown High School North (Kent State University)
  • Stephen Chiger, University Academy Charter High School, Jersey City (University of South Florida)
  • Noreen Connolly, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Newark (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Heidi Ryan, Manchester Regional High School, Haledon (Kent State University)
  • Stacy Slomko, Perth Amboy High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Patricia Valenzano, Eastside High School, Paterson (University of South Florida)

NEW MEXICO (4)

  • Christopher Plebani, Bernalillo High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Eric Strauss, Albuquerque High School (University of South Florida)
  • Brandon Tauscher, Thoreau High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Molly Weber, Albuquerque Charter Vocational High School (Kent State University)

NEW YORK (9)

  • Claire Fontaine, Brooklyn Academy (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Malissa Godfrey, Hempstead High School (Winthrop University)
  • Elinore Kaplan, Queens High School for Sciences, Jamaica (Winthrop University)
  • Barbara Kleman, Greece Athena High School, Rochester (Kent State University)
  • Cynthia Mascone, St. Francis Preparatory School, Fresh Meadows (Kent State University)
  • Georgia Papadopoulos, Benjamin Cardoza High School, Bayside (University of South Florida)
  • Christopher Savacool, Liverpool High School (Kent State University)
  • Mitzi Williams, Troy High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Teresa Wollemborg, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Bronx (Kent State University)

NORTH CAROLINA (1)

  • Stacey Carter Clark, West Charlotte High School (Winthrop University)

OHIO (11)

  • Angela Bochert, GlenOak High School, Canton (Kent State University)
  • Jessica Cervenak, Waterloo High School, Atwater (University of South Florida)
  • Katlyn DeLong, Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney (University of South Florida)
  • Pauline Dierkens, Streetsboro High School (Kent State University)
  • Margaret Elwell, Columbia High School, Columbia Station (Kent State University)
  • Rebecca Glenn, Athens High School, The Plains (Winthrop University)
  • Amy Krajeck, Canton South High School (Kent State University)
  • Chevawn Lawrie, Cuyahoga Falls High School (Kent State University)
  • Melanie Pearn, Twinsburg High School (Kent State University)
  • Lisa Riegel, Worthington Kilbourne High School, Columbus (Kent State University)
  • Martha Wiggins, Zane Trace High School, Chillicothe (Kent State University)

OKLAHOMA (4)

  • Janet Harrington, Eisenhower High School, Lawton (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Nancy Kunsman, Tahlequah High School (Kent State University)
  • Debbie Mueller, Enid High School (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Barbara Reed, Chelsea High School (Winthrop University)

OREGON (4)

  • Allison Bembenek, McNary High School, Keizer (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Linda DeSpain, Oak Hill School, Eugene (University of Texas/Austin)
  • John Divelbiss, West Salem High School (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Katrina Myers, Henley High School, Klamath Falls (Winthrop University)

PENNSYLVANIA (3)

  • Bernadette Boerckel, Warrior Run High School, Turbotville (Kent State University)
  • Nancy McKinnon, Ligonier Valley High School (Kent State University)
  • Levi Mumma, Cumberland Valley High School, Mechanicsburg (Kent State University)

SOUTH CAROLINA (2)

  • Todd Jaeck, Clover High School (Winthrop University)
  • Stephen Milligan, W.J. Keenan High School, Columbia (Winthrop University)

TENNESSEE (1)

  • Carolyn Woodward, Clarkrange High School (Winthrop University)

TEXAS (21)

  • Mark Albertson, Tornillo High School (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Jimmie Bellah, Memorial High School, Victoria (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Kristin Billo, Goliad High School (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Lauren Cervantes, Latexo High School (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Wade Crowder, Skyline High School, Dallas (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Michelle Elizondo, Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Joy Gunter, Charlotte High School (University of South Florida)
  • Debra Helmberger, Farmersville High School (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Lori Kreder, Connally High School, Waco (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Tara Madrigal, Levelland High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Michelle Martinez-Rivera, Ysleta High School, El Paso (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Pamela Martin, Bloomington High School (Kent State University)
  • Arminda G. Mata, Edison High School, San Antonio (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Richard Otley, John F. Kennedy High School, San Antonio (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Armando Rodriguez, PSJA North High School, Pharr (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Alfredo Santos, The Gabriel Tafolla Charter School, Uvalde (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Megan Seibert, New Braunfels High School (University of South Florida)
  • David Shaver, Plainview High School (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Mikyela Tedder, Lindale High School (University of South Florida)
  • Susan Waring, Trimble Technical High School, Fort Worth (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Terri Williams, Jack Yates Magnet School of Communications, Houston (University of Texas/Austin)

UTAH (1)

  • April Squires, Riverton High School (University of South Florida)

VIRGINIA (7)

  • Michelle Edwards, Culpeper County High School (University of Texas/Austin)
  • Casey Hollins, Chancellor High School, Fredericksburg (University of South Florida)
  • Margaret Kenyon, C.D. Hylton High School, Woodbridge (Winthrop University)
  • Terri Loveland, Forest Park High School, Woodbridge (Kent State University)
  • Carolyn Poore, Amelia County High School (University of South Florida)
  • Lori Reaser, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville (Kent State University)
  • Jennifer Seavey, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria (University of South Florida)

WASHINGTON (3)

  • Rae Meaney, Columbia High School, White Salmon (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Derek Smith, Peninsula High School, Gig Harbor (University of South Florida)
  • Elizabeth Wiederspohn, Sunnyside High School (University of California, Berkeley)

WEST VIRGINIA (1)

  • Matthew Mandarino, John Marshall High School, Glen Dale (Kent State University)

WISCONSIN (4)

  • Robin Grimm, James Madison Memorial High School (University of South Florida)
  • Page Jenny, Platteville High School (University of South Florida)
  • Krista Johnson, Bay Port High School, Green Bay (Kent State University)
  • Donna McClelland, Appleton North High School (University of South Florida)