By Nicole Gennarelli
This two-week intensive journalism program for high school teachers took place July 8-20. It taught the skills needed to produce the best student publications or improve current ones. Professionals and classroom professors worked with the fellows to prepare them for the changes in today’s high school journalism program.
“We’re lucky to have received a $130,000 grant 11 out of the last 12 years,” said Candace Perkins Bowen, JMC associate professor and workshop coordinator. “We try to make sure the teachers go away with the basic tools and the ability to grow so their students can have the kind of journalism experience that will benefit them. We want them to use their voices, value their rights and grow as critical thinkers and good communicators.”
The Kent State workshop team included John Bowen, Ohio; H.L. Hall, Tenn.; Susan Hathaway Tantillo, Ill.; Mark Goodman, Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism; Ohio Scholastic Media Association board members Wayne and Georgia Dunn; and via Skype, teachers Sarah Nichols, California, and Jim Streisel, Ind.
Other guest speakers talked to the teachers about reporting, websites, legal issues, InDesign and the future of media. Attorney Advocate for the Student Press Law Center Adam Goldstein spent a day talking to fellows about issues in the field of high school publications emphasizing legal concerns teachers should identify. Susan Kirkman Zake, former managing editor for visuals at the Akron Beacon Journal and lecturer and student media adviser at Kent State, spoke about multimedia storytelling.
Although the teachers were busy learning, there were fun outings. Trips to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Porthouse Theatre provided teachers with review and photography opportunities.
Visit http://ksuasne.org/ to read about the program and to see multimedia packages produced by the 2012 team.