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API (Application Programming Interface): The way computer programs share data and functionality with other computer programs. APIs are an increasingly critical part of the Internet’s interconnection and help distribute and combine content. On the Web, APIs are generally special URLs that give back machine-readable data, in formats like JSON or XML, rather than human-readable data, which is usually HTML. Facebook, Twitter and Google Maps all have APIs that allow other websites or computer programs to use their underlying tools. The New York Times and NPR have also released APIs that allow other programs to draw on archives of movie reviews, restaurant reviews and articles. Hacks/Hackers Survival Glossary.

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Lesson plans

We've asked teachers from across the nation to share lesson plans related to journalism. Some are journalism teachers, some are not. But all have an interest in good journalism. We have an archive of all the lesson plans content for your reference, sorted by subject.

News by teens for teens

Across the nation there are thousands youth news organizations and journalists worth noticing, including those hosted on our own my.hsj.org hosting service. Youth-generated content fosters news literacy and creates a sense of community.

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Future Now

A look at the changing profession of journalism and how some of its leaders are blazing trails.

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Teaching tips

We are collecting tips from high school newspaper advisers nationwide on how to run student publications and deal with the issues from administrators, students and parents.

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Review journalism books and DVDs

Our user review section allows you to read others' reviews of journalism-related books, textbooks and movies — and tell us what you think.

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Scholastic journalism resources

A collection of links for student journalists and their teachers. With them, we aim to give you insight into the world of youth journalism — and reach beyond into the professional world.

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National journalism organizations

There are six main scholastic journalism organizations: Student Press Law Center, Journalism Education Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Quill and Scroll, National Scholastic Press Association and Dow Jones News Fund.

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Regional/state journalism groups

There are dozens of state and regional scholastic journalism organizations. We have collected many of them here, but we are always looking for more. Please contact us with new information or to correct what's already here.

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Other teacher programs

We have put together an extensive list of summer programs for journalism teachers and advisers other than the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute

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Reaching Generation Next

In 1997, high school journalism in the Washington, D.C., was dead. Not a single public high school in the city published a newspaper that year. When The Washington Post discovered this crisis, they embarked on a program to reintroduce journalism and newspapers to the city's high schools. What came to be called the Young Journalists Development Program was born.

By 2003, the program operated 21 high school journalism programs and reached beyond the city into its diverse suburbs.

In an effort to show how they did it, the Post put together "Reaching Generation Next: A News Media Guide to Creating Successful High School Partnerships." Written by Lisa Frazier Page, the book is a how-to for editors, newspaper advisers and principals to come together to create good scholastic journalists.

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How to start a HS newspaper

Sparked by a 2004-05 ASNE Partnership with The Montgomery (Ala). Advertiser, Notasulga (Ala.) High School and Auburn (Ala.) University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Journalism students in Associate Professor Laura Nan Fairley’s Newspaper Management class at Auburn took the initiative to chronicle their efforts to get The Notasulga Times back on its feet.

Their experience and tips are useful to high school students who want to start or improve their school newspaper.

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