The American Society of News Editors’ Youth Journalism Initiative, launched in 2000, provides journalism-related training and resources for teachers and students across the curriculum. Our goal is for every student to learn why news matters and acquire the skills needed to succeed as 21st Century citizens.
ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative administers the following programs:
- “Reynolds High School Journalism Institute” — a two-week newspaper journalism training program for 175 high school teachers. During the decade long program, more than 2000 teachers have benefitted from this premier training opportunity.
- “Highschooljournalism.org” (hsj.org) — ASNE’s educational resource website for teachers and students.
- Weekly cash prizes to students for excellence in journalism. All students at any U.S.-affiliated school are eligible to submit stories, photos and videos. All winners and honorable mention submissions are published on hsj.org.
- “ASNE/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service” — an exclusive arrangement provides this service. Content may be utilized in the school newspaper and in journalism class.
- Partnership Program — News organizations that commit to mentor a local high school to start or improve student news outlets can help the school receive a grant of up to $2,000 for classroom hardware/software.
- First Amendment Posters — downloadable at hsj.org and upon request from ASNE.
The ASNE Youth Journalism Initiative also supports the following programs:
- Quill and Scroll International Writing and Photo Contest — contest sponsor.
- Principal’s Guide to Scholastic Journalism — subsidizing printing costs.
- Tinker Tour through the Student Press Law Center — sponsor.
- Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association — sponsor Adviser Reception at fall and spring conventions.
Funding for the ASNE Youth Journalism Initiative is received from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and McClatchy-Tribune.
The American Society of News Editors focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. Founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism work force, youth journalism and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives.
Connect with ASNE
Le Anne Wiseman, Director, Youth Journalism Initiative, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-884-2689.
Megan Schumacher, Sr. Information Specialist, Youth Journalism Initiative, email@example.com, 573-882-3792.