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Thirty-four high school teachers from around the country are participating in an intensive journalism boot camp at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute prepares teachers to help students make sound news and ethical judgments; produce stronger reporting, writing, visuals and multimedia elements; and practice with a greater understanding of the First Amendment and the essential role of a free press in democracy. It is being held at the Cronkite School in downtown Phoenix from June 13-25.
Made possible by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and administered by the American Society of News Editors, the five Reynolds Institutes held nationally recruit from schools in urban and rural areas where journalism programs are under the most stress. Hundreds applied this year, and participants were selected competitively.
This year’s speakers include: Milton Coleman, current ASNE president and Washington Post senior editor; Rick Rodriguez, a former ASNE president who is the Cronkite School’s first Carnegie Professor specializing in Latino and transnational news coverage; and Gregory Favre, another former ASNE president and a distinguished fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg.
Participants are learning from other Cronkite School faculty as well as leading Arizona journalists and a representative of the Student Press Law Center.
Steve Elliott, a professor of practice and director of digital news for Cronkite News Service, leads the instruction, assisted by Alan Weintraut, media adviser at Annandale High School in Annandale, Va., and the 2006 Dow Jones Teacher of the Year.
Other Reynolds Institutes will be held this summer at Kent State University, the University of Missouri at Columbia, University of Nevada at Reno and the University of Texas at Austin.
The 34 teachers studying at the Cronkite School are: