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Free training for high school journalism advisers

RESTON, Va. – As part of its national effort to strengthen scholastic newspapers and spark a passion for journalism, the American Society of Newspaper Editors is seeking high school teachers for an expenses-paid, two-week summer institute.

One hundred and seventy-five teachers will be selected to attend the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, which will take place at five universities. The postmark deadline for applications is Feb. 29.

There is no cost to the teacher or high school. 

Air transportation, lodging, meals, materials, tuition and three graduate or continuing education credits are covered by ASNE with a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Teachers from high schools that lack scholastic media or have struggling journalism programs are especially encouraged to apply. The Reynolds Institute will take place at five accredited journalism schools:

  • Arizona State University, Tempe, June 15-27
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, July 6-18
  • University of Nevada, Reno, July 13-26
  • University of Texas at Austin, July 20-Aug. 1
  • Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., July 6-18

A brochure and application may be downloaded at this link.
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, Nevada, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

ASNE is the principal organization of the top editors at daily newspapers. Founded in 1922, ASNE focuses on professional development and journalism-related issues.