Dow Jones News Fund magazine goes digital
Since 1968, the Dow Jones News Fund has produced a free print publication for high school journalism teachers and media advisers – providing a place to trade teaching tips and curriculum ideas, pass on real-world newsroom advice and showcase students’ award-winning work.
After more than 47 years of publishing in print, the Dow Jones News Fund moved Adviser Update to a digital publishing platform, where it remains a go-to source of information and inspiration in scholastic journalism.
This new platform makes Adviser Update accessible by smartphone, computer or tablet. Each issue can be emailed to subscribers (subscribe here), shared on social media (follow us) and accessible online at www.adviserupdate.org.
Articles feature videos, slideshows and links to resources. Our showcase of student work is much more interactive, allowing readers to view multiple pages and click through to the online versions. Columnists can share their work on social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter.
Adrienne Forgette, editor in chief, leads the digital transformation directed by Heather Taylor, DJNF manager of digital media and programs. Forgette, media arts director at Darlington School of
Rome, Ga., gave Adviser Update a new look with fresh voices and new topics.
“George Taylor’s two-decade legacy as the editor of Adviser Update has left a strong foundation to build upon. I am excited to transition the publication to its online interactive format while keeping the staple columns Taylor has cultivated over the years,” Forgette said.
Forgette brings more than 10 years of experience teaching and advising high school students. She is the media arts director at Darlington School where she designed and teaches three media arts classes. She advises a number of award-winning publications including the Jabberwokk Yearbook, the Darlingtonian news website, and the Inkslinger literary magazine. She has also worked as a freelance reporter for Martha’s Vineyard Times and blogged for CNN.com.
“Every day I am in awe of the stories I hear and see on social media and various listservs from my fellow media advisers across the country. My goal is to shine a light on what they are doing with their programs to help and to inspire us all to become better,” Forgette said.
Forgette’s classroom and newsroom experience plus her knowledge of design and new media, made her the perfect match for the new Adviser Update.
She has already introduced a few new voices in this spring’s issue. Look at the “What I Wish I’d Known” column, in which college students share their experiences in journalism school and challenges they face, along with tips for teachers on what to teach and how to organize staffs to prepare students for college media.
“Some of us have strong connections to schools of journalism, yet some of us are English teachers who teach journalism on the side and have never stepped foot in one. The goal of this column is to not only get feedback on the relevance of our high school curriculum but to also give us and our students a glimpse into college newsrooms,” Forgette said.
Another important aspect of going digital is the ability to know and engage with our readers. We can track readership and click-through rates, and engage our audience on social media.
We are also reaching beyond analytics to engage teachers and professionals. The News Fund is forming an Adviser Update editorial board, a volunteer group to advise on content and topics for each issue. (To express interest in serving on the editorial board, email email@example.com; the board will meet quarterly via conference call.)
Our main goal is to offer a publication that inspires those who care about scholastic journalism to push past boundaries to better prepare students in navigating the new media landscape toward successful careers in journalism.
We hope you will join the conversation, subscribe now to Adviser Update.
By Heather Taylor, DJN
Society of Professional Journalists members and local chapters want to share their expertise with elementary, middle and high school journalism programs. Teachers and students can use the Journalism Education Database, created by SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee, to locate mentors, supporters and instructors.
“Recent research shows that many middle and high school journalism teachers feel overwhelmed by their lack of training opportunities and inability to find local mentors,” said SPJ Journalism Education Committee Chair Butler Cain. “SPJ wishes to inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists. With this database, it’s our hope that all student journalists will be able to receive the encouragement and assistance they need to pursue a future in journalism.”
Nearly 40 professional journalists from across the country have signed up to share their knowledge and experiences, whether it is by conducting a video-conference with student journalists, discussing successful teaching techniques with journalism teachers, or visiting a local classroom to discuss journalism topics.
Six high schools will receive the 2014 First Amendment Press Freedom Award in recognition of their support, education and protection of the First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media for which students make final content decisions.
A committee representing Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association presents the award annually following an extensive application process. Student editors, media teachers and administrators complete a questionnaire regarding the school’s First Amendment practices, and provide copies of student media policies, for review by the committee.
2014 First Amendment Press Freedom Award winners are:
- Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco
- Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.
- Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.
- Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
- North Central High School, Indianapolis
- Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, N.Y.
Two of the schools are first-time recipients: North Central High School and Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, which is not only a first-time awardee, but the second private school to ever be recognized.
The schools will be honored April 10 at the opening ceremony of the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego.
Applications for the 2015 First Amendment Press Freedom Award are due by Dec. 1. For more information on the award program, visit the JEA website.
The Principal’s Guide to Scholastic Journalism keeps administrators up-to-date with the release of a new edition. Published by Quill and Scroll Foundation with support from the American Society of News Editors Youth Journalism Initiative, this book helps create a well-rounded learning environment for students.
The guide also has a companion website, principalsguide.org, which provides extras such as an audio presentation by JEA 2012 Administrator of the Year Susan Enfield. Information about online and social media uses and ethics are included, which are useful to teachers and administrators when instructing their students on journalism skills. The information addressing the use of electronic media can even be advantageous to students who want to learn more about scholastic journalism.
“I hope it will show administrators, teachers, students and communities that scholastic journalism free of arbitrary censorship is the best way to achieve established school missions and goals,” said John Bowen, editor of the book and chair of the JEA Scholastic Press Rights Commission. “Journalism is an extremely efficient way for students to master the various outcomes and parts of Common Core and P21 learning standards. Scholastic journalism reaches its peak in student learning when students are responsible for their content and journalistic efforts.”
Writers contributing to the guide are scholastic journalism educators, many of whom are members of the Journalism Education Association Student Press Rights Commission. In addition to the ASNE Youth Journalism Initiative, supporters of the publication included the JEA, Kent State University School of Journalism and its Center for Scholastic Journalism.
The Principal’s Guide to Scholastic Journalism: What administrators need to know about student media is available through Quill and Scroll and the JEA bookstore at $5 each.
High school student-produced blogs, slideshows and multimedia productions are among the entries accepted in the 2014 Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society Writing and Photo Contest. New divisions – Photo Slideshows and Multimedia – Features – have been added to the types of journalism students can have judged.
Quill and Scroll also conducts a Writing and Photo Contest for Middle School and Junior High School students.
The Writing and Photo Contest and Blogging Competition are co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors Youth Journalism Initiative and Viacom.
Entry fees for the Writing and Photo Contest are $2 per entry. The Blogging Competition entails an evaluation and has a $5 per entry fee.
Enter the Writing and Photo Contest and at the same time register for the 2014 News Media Evaluation to save money and receive the 2013 NME Gallup Award winners PowerPoint presentation CD. The full NME evaluation package is $65 and the ratings-only package is $50.
Entries should be postmarked no later than Feb. 5. See the contest entry form for more information.
As the school year winds down, a host of events begin to crowd the already-packed schedules of high school journalism teachers and students.
Here’s a to-do list Quill and Scroll composed to help our members include organization activities amidst the media deadlines, final exams, workshop planning, award ceremonies and contest deadlines.
- News Media Evaluations: Conduct staff-assessments as end-of-the-year activities. After producing the final publication you want evaluated, package it along with three other issues and send to Quill and Scroll. Learn more information and download the staff evaluation here. The NME entry period begins April 1; send evaluation materials by June 15 to receive the judges’ feedback by the start of the school year. Quill and Scroll also offers a shorter ratings-only service.
- New member inductions: Identify students to induct as Quill and Scroll members. Plan induction ceremonies, if desired. Many staffs induct new members at the end of the school year. This is a good time to also order special awards, honor cords and member pins.
- Encourage graduating senior staff members who plan to major in journalism or communications in college to apply for Quill and Scroll scholarships. Deadline is May 10.
- Teachers planning to study journalism this summer to improve their instruction next year should consider applying for a Quill and Scroll scholarship for continuing education. Deadline is April 15.
- ENJOY SUMMER!