For two weeks during the summer, high school journalism teachers and advisers from around the country gather at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, a two-week fellowship program for 35 high school journalism instructors from around the country providing intensive training in the principles and practices of journalism.
The Cronkite School, which held its first institute in 2007, is one of five journalism schools in the nation selected to host the program, which is administered by the American Society of News Editors through its Youth Journalism Initiative and funded with a generous grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
About 35 journalism teachers are accepted into the program each summer. Teachers are housed together near campus and spend their days – and some evenings – practicing their journalism skills and learning from some of the nation’s top journalism professionals and educators.
The Reynolds Foundation covers the cost of the teachers’ travel, housing, meals, tuition, credits and instructional materials.
Steve Elliott, director of print and digital services for Cronkite News Service and a former Associated Press editor and business executive, is the lead educator for the institute.
On the 2009 program: Marty Kaiser, editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and ASNE president; Rick Rodriguez, a former ASNE president who serves as the Cronkite School’s first Carnegie Professor specializing in Latino and transnational news coverage; and Gregory Favre, a former ASNE president who serves as distinguished fellow in journalism values for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. Many other Cronkite School faculty members and news industry professionals provide training each year.
Anita Luera, the Cronkite School’s director of high school programs, is lead coordinator for the institute.
Newsroom advisers from schools with diverse student populations are encouraged to apply, as are those who want to start a school newspaper. Veteran advisers eager to update their skills also are welcome.
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $150 million to journalism initiatives nationally.
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.
ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative, launched in 2000, provides journalism-related training and resources for teachers and students across the curriculum. The organization's goal is for every student to learn why news matters and acquire the skills needed to succeed as 21st-century citizens.