Adviser Update Adviser Update Winter 2018 - Page 3

3 L E T T ER FROM EDITOR T here are probably more student journalists in the United States than there are professional working journalists. This conjecture has a lot of implications for how we approach journalism education— Are we training future journalists? Future thinkers? Journalism entrepreneurs? Do we teach journalism as a trade or as a life skill? But on the more practical level it also means our students play an important role in the journalism cycle. In many of our districts, they are the closest thing to a community watchdog our neighborhoods have. How we navigate this as educators is just one of the (many) conversations we need to have. These are the type of conversations Adviser Update, in its many forms and iterations since 1959, has facilitated. As Richard Levine talks about on page 6, this will be the last issue of Adviser Update. In light of this news, it is important to remember that we still have a number of outlets available to us that help us By Katina Paron, CJE examine and strengthen our work. Linda Shockley talks about these resources in her column. She mentions the Journalism Education Association, which runs the JEAlistserv—one of the most active and useful online groups I am a part of. The discussions online inspire deep thoughts and action—and in some cases, articles, such as Beatrice Motamedi’s “Lessons from the Field: Covering Trump’s inauguration,” which was inspired by an online debate on the safety and ethical issues of covering President Donald Trump’s inauguration. This issue is chock-full of inspiration and advice. If your publication isn’t online yet, check out Jill Ocone’s story on how transitioning to a news magazine from a newspaper opened up a window for an online news site. We also give you tips for getting the most out of guest speakers and ideas on how to tackle environmental journalism in your classroom. And while our work inherently teaches teens about media, Matt Scheiner makes a case for deliberately including news literacy lessons in journalism classes. Many of you teach classes other than journalism, so Brian Sweeney shares how his school incorporates journalistic principles in general education courses. And to reinforce our love of the First Amendment, we have a double whammy from press rights gurus John Bowen and Candace Perkins Bowen and a detailed look at what our favorite amendment means to journalism educators from Trevor Ivans. Even though the door is closing on Adviser Update, I have faith in our ability to strengthen the journalism education field through discussions, questions and sharing. It is what keeps us moving forward and keeps our torches lit. Katina Paron, CJE, is the director of the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College and the author of the forthcoming comic book-style text, “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism.” You can find her “Dear Teen Journalist” advice on Twitter at @katinaparon.