SPJ, JEA bring journalism into classrooms through #Press4Education initiative

The Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association are providing an opportunity for K-12 teachers to bring more journalism education to schools.

Project #Press4Education provides lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and other resources in an effort to increase professional’s presence in classrooms around the country. The goal of the project is to not only provide resources but to strengthen the future ranks of journalism practitioners.

Potential speaker topics include:

  • Reporting basics
  • Media Literacy/Identifying Fake News
  • Ethics
  • Editing
  • Online Reporting
  • Data Journalism
  • Visual Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Social Media

SPJ Journalism Education Committee Chair Becky Tellent says that a 2014 survey of high school journalism teachers showed there was a real absence of journalism professionals in the classroom. The survey findings were published in the book “Still Captive? History, Law and the Teaching of High School Journalism.”

Educators interested in requesting a journalist for their classroom can find the link to submit that request here.