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Advisers' Corner

Getting Started

Advisers' Guide to Starting a Middle or High School Newspaper by Susan Newell, MJE (PDF)

Are you a first-time adviser? Maybe, you are a seasoned adviser. Regardless, the information found in this guide will assist you in starting a journalism program from scratch or provide you with tips on how to keep your journalism program thriving.

Info Hub (National Scholastic Press Association)

What is the "Info Hub?" It’s a section of resources for the perfect sample or the definitive model. Whether it's
a policy or a form, chances are someone has created what you're looking for. Resources in the Info Hub are mainly those items that help student media organizations function, the elements that help students and
advisers be successful.


National High School Journalism Sites


The Law


Lesson Plans/Activities


Some of our favorite tools and apps

  • Haiku Deck: Presentation software, much like PowerPoint, yet visual based, online and inspiring.

  • Canva: A quick and easy way to make graphics and art for those who are artistically challenged.

  • Spark and Videolicious: Both are apps to help make videos. Good for people who aren't natural video storytellers that are learning.

  • What The Font: An app and website that allows you to take a photo of a font and the app will tell you the font name.







The Effects of Pre-University Study of Journalism on Entry to the Job Market

By Lee B. Becker, Jeong Yeob Han, Donna Wilcox and Tudor Vlad

From Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly


Abstract: Research in the United States has shown that extracurricular activities at the high school level are beneficial for students. One type of extracurricular activity common in U.S. high schools is journalistic, including production of a student newspaper, involvement with student radio and television, and production of a yearbook. Little is known about the lasting effects of participation in high school extracurricular communication activities. This article examines the impact of participation in high school extracurricular communication activities on initial success in the job market, using data from a national sample of journalism and mass communication graduates.



Check out Journalism 101, a free e-book on teaching journalism by Nina Scott, an English instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. This book was donated to the CK-12 Foundation under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) license. This license allows others to use, distribute, and create derivative works based on the content. It contains chapters on the First Amendment, reporting and journalistic writing, digital journalism, ethics, and the law.

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