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Featured here are teaching and learning materials created by teachers for teachers. All the materials created here are copyright by their respective owners and may be used for classroom use only.


Looking for new ideas? We are experimenting with using our new wiki to allow users (you) to upload and download materials, and help create a useful site full of information for you and other journalism advisers. It’s located at Let us know what you think, how you’d like to use it, how it should be organize.d Better yet, register, roll  up your sleeves and give it a try.


Looking for journalism curriculum material ideas to enhance (or steal) for your next lesson? Over 31 years, I’ve collect a lot of material. All of my work is here, as well as the material I used regularly or that worked really well in a particular case.

Classroom teachers have permission to use any of this material with their students, and to modify it in any way you like. The scholastic journalism community shares successful curriculum with each other. I have tried to give credit to those from whom I “borrowed” ideas over the years. It would be cool if you did the same. It’s a constant reminder of how we are connected to those who came before us — and who will follow us — in this field.

Some materials are from JEA curriculum collections I put together to share at conventions. Others are projects I worked on, such as the editorial cartoon lesson plans for The Oregonian’s 100th anniversary editorial cartoon exhibit, and the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment lesson plan project.

I wrote News Writer’s Handbook as a compendium of advice/guidelines/rules to follow for my staffs, largely based on my work as a judge for scholastic press associations.


Lori also has great teaching materials, especially if you are looking for yearbook-specific lessons.

Please let us know of other repositories of great teaching material you have found, and we’ll post it here.


The Quill and Scroll Society of the University of Iowa presents the Principal’s Guide to Scholastic Journalism as an effort to help principals understand the value of journalism programs in their respective schools and to determine what their roles should be in helping to develop, maintain and support these programs. This update provides important information to principals about online student publications and federal law. To download it, click here (PDF, 425K). You may also order printed copies of the guide directly from Quill & Scroll:


Tina Buescher:           Photojournalism_Presentation_Fnl.pdf          Reuters use of Photoshop.pdf

LAW AND ETHICS First Amendment curriculum


For high school teachers and students

ASME High School Journalism

This site offers excellent resources for students and teachers. Students are provided with story coverage ideas, journalism contests, workshops and conventions, links to hundreds of high school papers, information on journalism schools and careers and other helpful resources to enhance their journalism skills.

Indiana University High School Journalism Institute

Explores the status of journalism and news media in high schools across the country. Indiana University conducted a nationwide survey concerning the role of journalism in high school. This is an excellent site for advisers.

Web English Teacher

The site provides resources for the creative side of yearbook and newspaper production, such as design, writing and photography. Ethics, censorship and copyright are covered. The site also concentrates on topics such as advertising, marketing and fundraising. Again, this site is an excellent resource for advisers, editors and staff members of high school newspapers.

Student Press

The National Scholastic Press Association at the University of Minnesota gives information about conventions and contests of interest to high school journalists. It also highlights deadlines for other national contests.

Student Press Law Center

The Student Press Law Center advocates for the freedom of press in high schools. Their Web site offers advice and legal assistance to students and educators. Students can learn about their rights and responsibilities as a journalist. SPLC provides free legal service from lawyers specializing in the First Amendment, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Journalism and Media Education

Contact information for national and regional journalism associations.

General journalism sites


One of the top journalism sites, PoynterOnline provides students with a multitude of tools to become better journalists. Print, television, radio, and online journalism are all covered by the site, which is produced by the Poynter Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Extensive resources are available for topics such as writing, editing, photography and design and graphics. Leadership and diversity in the newsroom are also addressed.


Students can find the latest headlines, read about the plights of journalists fighting for freedom around the world and check out past journalists who have influenced the field. The electronic museum showcases the best in photojournalism, reporting, design and editorial cartoons and writing.

Students can access dozens of journalism organizations through this host site. Groups include the Asian American Journalists Association, Unity Journalists of Color and the Education Writers Association.


Search for specific newspapers, television news programs, radio broadcasts and other journalism outlets around the world. Also provides tips on how to find people, use resource tools and locate facts for articles.

Media Awareness

Statistics about television, video and computer games, the Internet, film and video and print media are available for teachers, students and journalists.

University of Maryland Journalism Department

Provides a reporter’s guide to the Internet. The easy-to-navigate site provides government and law information pertinent to maintaining free speech, regarding subjects like the court system, politics and federal and state government. Also included are helpful hints on how to research public records, use maps and directories and search the Internet.

Power Reporting

Site supplies thousands of free research tools for journalists. Students can search for information on people, companies, government, media and other topics. News beats are also listed.

Columbia Journalism Review

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism offers resource guides, technical information, language tips and other helpful information, as well as providing the latest stories about the news business.

Editor and Publisher

Students can read about the latest news in the world of journalism.

Journalism association sites

American Society of Newspaper Editors:

Offers information on newsroom diversity, how to gain credibility as a staff and how to build a journalism resume while in high school. Resources to further your career are also provided, such as internships and job fair postings.

Society of Professional Journalists

Promotes accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness in the newsroom. Site offers resources on ethics, diversity and other journalism educational topics. Information on how to build your journalism career, such as internship and job listings, is listed, as well as journalism awards and contests.

Newspaper Association of America

The NAA, an organization representing 90 percent of the daily newspapers in the U.S., supplies advice on how to raise ad sales and revenue, create a diverse newsroom, and increase readership. The site is geared towards professional journalists, but offers specific resources for students and educators.

Society of Newspaper Design

Information about newspaper and Web site design.

National Association of Black Journalists

Information on the organization’s news, scholarships and awards. In addition, there are links to jobs, becoming a member and news stories.

Asian American Journalists Association

Information on becoming a member and current events the association is hosting. Also, there are links to scholarships, internships and jobs.

Native American Journalists Association

Includes information on the organization and how to become a member, and links to job/internship opportunities, scholarships available and upcoming events.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Information about the organization and how to join. Also it provides a link for students containing information regarding scholarships, internships, programs and much more.

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