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Youth journalism

ASNE’s 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.

These groundbreaking youth journalism initiatives are generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
The go-to education site for secondary school journalists and their teachers and advisers. If you care about youth journalism — learning it, teaching it, creating it — please bookmark this site.

Reynolds High School Journalism Institute 
The Institute provides comprehensive journalism training to fill gaps in existing professional development opportunities for teachers and gives them hands-on experience with technological advancements in the field. Through the Institute, teachers learn how to help students:

  • develop news literacy skills, including the ability to differentiate between fact, opinion and infotainment; understand bias, balance and fairness in news coverage; and appreciate the importance of credible and verifiable news sources.
  • gain stronger reporting, writing, editing, multimedia, graphics and entrepreneurial skills needed to start or improve student news media organizations.
  • understand the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment and their rights and ethical responsibilities as student journalists and citizens.

Journalism Partnerships

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.

ASNE/MCT Campus High School News Service 
In an exclusive arrangement with ASNE, the McClatchy/Tribune Campus wire service is offered to high school news organizations. Content may be utilized in school newspapers, news magazines, journalism classes and broadcasts programs. ASNE charges a one-time application fee of $100 to cover some of its basic administrative costs.

The ASNE Youth Journalism Initiative sponsors the Quill and Scroll International Writing and Photo Contest, the Tinker Tour and the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Convention Adviser Reception. It also subsidizes the printing costs of the Principal's Guide to Scholastic Journalism.

For more information, contact Le Anne Wiseman at or 573-884-2689.