The has announced a five-year grant of more than $4.6 million from the to sustain training opportunities for high school journalism teachers and student newspaper advisors.
The grant will support the , two-week training programs designed to help teachers and advisors empower students to produce high-quality journalism as they develop into the next generation of journalism and civic leaders. Participants in the institutes learn about journalistic practices and responsibilities, ethical decision making and media freedom, as well as online and digital platforms and technologies.
The institutes, which were supported in 2007-09 by a $2.3 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation, are held at five university journalism schools, each of which hosts thirty-five competitively selected participants. The grant will cover a range of expenses, including transportation, housing, meals, continuing education credits, and instructional materials.
"In too many instances, youth journalism programs are under stress or marginalized," said Martin Kaiser, ASNE president and editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "To counter this, institute alums and their students emerge as leaders, making the case that journalism has strong interdisciplinary value, imparts practical life skills applicable to any career, and creates a sense of community."