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ASNE Reynolds Institutes strengthen newspaper advisers

Sept. 17, 2007

RESTON, Va. – As part of ASNE’s aggressive national effort to grow scholastic journalism, 99 teachers from 33 states plus the District of Columbia have completed the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute.

“With the leadership of these teachers, we’re helping the next generation of journalists and news consumers embrace the tenets of quality journalism and the First Amendment. The multimedia world is theirs to shape and grow,” said Jeff Cohen, chair of ASNE’s High School Journalism Committee and editor of the Houston Chronicle.

ASNE’s recruitment includes intensive outreach to schools in urban and rural areas where journalism programs are most under stress. The teachers were competitively selected from a field of nearly 300 applicants. Of this year’s 99 schools, 69 (70 percent) have minority student populations of 50 percent or higher. Of the teachers, 31 (31 percent) are people of color.

Since 2001, 1,106 high school teachers have completed the Institute, and most continue to teach journalism and/or advise a student newspaper.

This ground-breaking ASNE initiative is funded by a three-year, $2.3 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Three accredited university journalism schools hosted the Reynolds Institutes. The attendees qualified for graduate or continuing education credits, with all expenses covered by ASNE through the Reynolds grant:

  • Arizona State University, Tempe.
  • University of Nevada, Reno.
  • University of Missouri, Columbia.

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 also helped, supplementing the faculty in leading the sessions.

The Institute helps teachers:

  • Develop a framework for helping students make sound news and ethical judgments.
  • Have stronger reporting, writing, editing, graphics, photography, Web and business skills needed to help students start or improve independent school newspapers.
  • Focus on news reporting and writing rather than essays.
  • Instill a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the First Amendment.
  • Extend the learning by sharing their training with 10 peers.

Follow-up support is key to the Institute’s success. The teachers receive paid membership to:

  • The Journalism Education Association.
  • 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 has been notified and encouraged to contact 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 been given 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.

ASNE is the principal organization of the top editors at daily newspapers. Founded in 1922 as a non-profit professional organization, ASNE focuses on professional development and journalism-related issues, including the First Amendment, diversity in newsroom staffing and coverage, journalism education, editorial innovation and credibility.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it is of one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

For more information contact:
Diana Mitsu Klos
ASNE Senior Project Director
703-453-1125, dmk@asne.org

2007 Reynolds Institute attendees

Van Golden, W.P. Davidson High School, Mobile (Arizona State University)

Maria Coxon-Smith, Cholla Magnet High School, Tucson (Arizona State University)
Nancy Thompson, Camelback High School, Phoenix (Arizona State University)

Karon Parrish, Drew Central High School, Monticello (University of Missouri)
Tonia Weatherford, Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood (Arizona State University)

Joe Boffa, Desert Mirage High School, Thermal (University of Nevada)
Alistair Bomphray, Tennyson High School, Hayward (Arizona State University)
Matt Daugherty, Orange Glen High School, Escondido (University of Missouri)
Jennifer Dean, River Valley High School, Yuba City (University of Nevada)
Lorena Guillen, John Muir High School, Pasadena (University of Nevada)
Caroline Hong, Daniel Pearl Journalism and Comm. Magnet School at Birmingham High School, Van Nuys (University of Nevada)
Nicole Hsu, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, San Francisco (University of Nevada)
Susanna Leonard, Hoover High School, Fresno (Arizona State University)
Robert Owens, Abraham Lincoln High School, San Francisco (University of Nevada)
Steven Russi, John F. Kennedy High School, Sacramento (University of Nevada)
Kari Schneider, Mayfair High School, Lakewood (University of Missouri)
Erik Travis, Fairfax High School, Los Angeles (University of Nevada)
Gregory Vieira, Carson Senior High School (University of Nevada)

Jenny Chapman, Coronado High School, Colorado Springs (University of Missouri)
Edis Knoop, St. Mary’s High School, Colorado Springs (University of Nevada)
Kelly Ryan, Delta High School (Arizona State University)
Trent Wuster, Fruita Monument High School (University of Nevada)

Marcus Allen, Cesar Chavez Charter School for Public Policy (University of Missouri)

James Flaskamp, Gaither High School, Tampa (University of Missouri)
Desiree Garcia, Alonso Senior High School, Tampa (University of Nevada)
Kelly Horne, Blake High School, Tampa (Arizona State University)
Julie Mancini, Dunnellon High School (Arizona State University)
Cheri Mitchell-Santiago, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami (University of Missouri)
Raoul Rodriguez, Middleton High School, Tampa (Arizona State University)
Viviana Smith, North Miami Senior High School (University of Missouri)
Claudia Solis, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Miami (University of Missouri)
Rhonda Weiss, Cypress Bay High School, Weston (Arizona State University)

LaRhonda Dean, Creekside High School, Fairburn (Arizona State University)

Mikiala Kanekoa, Kapolei High School (University of Nevada)
Cedric Ranchez, Kaimuki High School, Honolulu (Arizona State University)

Elizabeth Cronin, Bogan Computer Technical High School, Chicago (University of Nevada)
Alsandyra Essien, SIUE East St. Louis (Ill.) Charter School (University of Nevada)
Kimberley Hunt, St. Scholastica Academy, Chicago (University of Nevada)
Sepideh Sallee, Deerfield High School (University of Missouri)
Jarrin Williams, Belleville High School-East (University of Missouri)

Tom Hayes, Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis (Arizona State University)

Kristy Dekat, Topeka West High School (Arizona State University)

Donald Parker, Perry Walker Charter High School, New Orleans (Arizona State University)

Amanda Gifford, Washington High School, Princess Anne (University of Missouri)
Jonie Lehmann, Bowie High School (University of Missouri)

William Kirby, Chelsea High School (Arizona State University)
Brenda Waslick, Lynn Voc Tech Institute (University of Missouri)

Ruth Stover-Lange, North Branch High School (University of Nevada)

Anjanette Kraus, Sartell Senior High School (Arizona State University)
Laura LeVake, Forest Lake Senior High School (University of Nevada)
Glenn Morehouse Olson, St. Francis Senior High School (Arizona State University)

Elsa Carter, Natchez High School (University of Missouri)
Cynthia Ferguson, Oxford High School (University of Nevada)

Jeri Covington, Riverview Gardens Senior High School, St Louis (University of Nevada)

Beth Britton, Charles M. Russell High School, Great Falls (University of Nevada)

Mark Olson, Jackpot Combined School (University of Nevada)

Ray Addas, Emerson High School, Union City (University of Nevada)

Bonnie LaCourt, Laguna Acoma High School, Casa Blanca (University of Missouri)

Jane Cattani-Boone, Edison Vocational and Technical High School, New York (University of Nevada)
Laura DeWitt, Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Performing Arts, New York (University of Missouri)
Darlene Tallman, Henninger High School, Syracuse (University of Nevada)

Bill Allen, East Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte (Arizona State University)
Bessie Meeks, Bessemer City High School, Bessemer City (University of Missouri)
Drennan Rhyne Paylor, Dudley High School, Greensboro (University of Missouri)
Cynthia Rougley, Crossroads Charter High School, Charlotte (University of Missouri)
Ross Whitfield, South Central High School, Winterville (Arizona State University)

Amy Walker, Mandan High School, Mandan (University of Missouri)

OHIO (1)
Tryvan Leech, Dunbar High School, Dayton (Arizona State University)

Melissa Law, Texhoma High School, Texhoma (University of Missouri)
Kelli Taylor, Harding Charter Preparatory High School, Oklahoma City (University of Missouri)
Heather Willis, Tahlequah High School, Tahlequah (Arizona State University)

Lauren Beth Ehlers, William Penn High School, York (University of Missouri)
Shermonica Pittman, Keystone National High School, Bloomsburg (Arizona State University)

Mary Barron, Clover High School, Clover (University of Missouri)
Frank Harrison, Ridge View High School, Columbia (Arizona State University)
Maurice Thomas, Fairfield Central High School, Winnsboro (University of Missouri)

Matthew Bean, John Overton High School, Nashville (University of Missouri)
Angela Brooks, Fairley High School, Memphis (Arizona State University)
Lindsey Sullivan, East High School, Memphis (Arizona State University)

TEXAS (13)
Laura Barrett, Hutto High School, Hutto (University of Missouri)
Emily Blue, Lincoln High School – Humanities/Comm. Magnet, Dallas (Arizona State University)
Melanie Bourne, Ozen Magnet High School, Beaumont (Arizona State University)
Jarred Goodall, L.V. Berkner High School, Richardson (University of Missouri)
Danielle Lynch, Lee High School, Baytown (Arizona State University)
Angela Macias, Thomas Jefferson High School, Dallas (University of Nevada)
Jerrilynn Miller, Memorial High School, Port Arthur (University of Nevada)
Dean Mooney, Mansfield Timberview High School, Arlington (Arizona State University)
Brandi Richey, Language Arts and Science Academy at LBJ High School, Austin (Arizona State University)
Jillian Rooney, James Bowie High School, Arlington (University of Missouri)
Cynthia Smith, Houston Chronicle Classroom (Arizona State University)
Kendra Willeby, University High School, Waco (University of Nevada, Reno)
Jennine Zepeda, Karen Wagner High School, San Antonio (University of Nevada)

Evynn Blaher, C.D. Hylton High School, Woodbridge (University of Missouri)
William Blake, Churchland High School, Portsmouth (University of Missouri)
Marcia Murphy, Eastern Montgomery High School, Elliston (University of Nevada)
Jennifer Rawley, Manassas Park High School, Manassas Park (University of Nevada)

Shannon Devlin, Federal Way Senior High School, Federal Way (University of Missouri)
Stephanie Keagle, Auburn Mountainview High School (University of Nevada)
Jennifer Wilcox, Kentwood High School, Covington (University of Nevada)