Database connects pros with scholastic media

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.

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