Be a Mentor to Journalism Students and Teachers

SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee is launching an initiative to strengthen America’s scholastic journalism programs, and we’re asking SPJ members to get involved by becoming mentors. Student journalists — and their teachers — need your expertise! Here’s the call:

The J-Education Committee Needs Your Help

The Journalism Education Committee is creating a database of experts among SPJ’s membership, and we need your participation.

According to research in the committee’s new publication, Still Captive? History, Law and the Teaching of High School Journalism, many high school journalism programs report they receive very little help, if any, from local professionals or area universities.

SPJ has the ability to correct this. Share your professional expertise with a new generation of student journalists by hosting web-based video conferences, offering phone conversations with local school teachers and volunteering to be a classroom guest.

The Journalism Education Database will provide an opportunity for all SPJ members to volunteer their expertise to help strengthen America’s elementary, middle and high school journalism programs.

Interested in participating? Send your contact information and a bulleted list of your expertise to Journalism Education Committee chair Butler Cain at spjeducation@spj.org. Once this project is launched, the database will be publicly available on SPJ’s website.

Butler Cain is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. He is chair of SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee.

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One Response to “Be a Mentor to Journalism Students and Teachers”

  1. Mitch Eden Says:

    I teach students journalism at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, MO, and am also an SPJ member. I would love to serve as a bridge in supporting this initiative. Let me know how I can help. I think the synergy of professional journalists assisting educators and student journalists can be incredible.

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