Adviser Update Adviser Update Winter 2018 - Page 5

5 students and the draw of New York City as a tourist and media mecca. CJET – Communication: Journalism Education Today, ably edited by Dr. Bradley Wilson of Midwestern State University, serves 2,700 members of the Journalism Education Association, which was established in 1924. CJET is beautifully designed and curated with vital coverage, contemporary perspectives and informative features. Kelly Glasscock is JEA’s executive director. National Scholastic Press Association – It partners with JEA on the national fall and spring high school journalism conventions each year. This is a membership organization for middle school, junior high school and high school student media as well as college, university and professional and technical school media (through the Associated Collegiate Press). Laura Widmer leads the organization based at the University of Minnesota. Student Press Law Center – Among the most vital resources available to high school and college journalists, the SPLC is out front on press rights and censorship, school transparency and online expression. In addition to providing pro bono assistance to those facing legal obstacles, SPLC’s online updates and its Report magazine closely examine newsworthy issues. Review its key projects: Active Voice and New Voices USA. Human rights attorney Hadar Harris recently became executive director following Frank LoMonte’s move to the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Diana Mitsu Klos, DJNF board secretary, is director of engagement. Quill and Scroll – The international honor society for high school journalists, founded in 1926, boasts nearly a half million members and more than 14,000 chapters. The specifics of how a school applies for a charter are simply spelled out. Quill and Scroll is venerated for elevating school journalism to a higher level and for its contests, critiques and scholarships. Jeff Browne, who became executive director last September, follows the founder George Gallup and most recent leaders Richard Johns and Dr. Vanessa Shelton. News Literacy Project – The News Literacy Project has grown exponentially as it works with educators and journalists to teach middle and high school students how to become “smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged informed citizens.” Its checkology ® Virtual Classroom helps students swat away conspiracy theories and use the tools they need to discern truth from lies. The platform’s basic version is free. Alan C. Miller, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former DJNF intern, is president and CEO. These are just a few national organizations dedicated to serving journalism teachers and scholastic journalists. The advice to act locally, think globally, applies to youth media as more student journalists are writing across international borders just as we’ve seen professionals do. So many media advisers are taking initiative to fill needs they see in their own communities and regions. I hope you will be proactive in creating media solutions. Many hands have shaped Adviser Update’s growth and transformation from executive directors Don Carter and Paul Swensson to their successors Thomas Engleman and Richard Holden. In addition, Elaine Walls Reed, formerly of Kutztown University, edited the newsletter before recommending George Taylor, a 1985 national high school journalism teacher of the year, for the job. The designers included David Rowe, and as she often comes to the rescue, Kathy Zwiebel, 1998 Dow Jones News Fund’s Journalism Teacher of the Year. Kudos to Heather Taylor whose innovation made the digital version truly interactive. Notable back issues for me will continue to be the high school students’ coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and a look at how Manhattan high school students mastered the extraordinary task of reporting on Sept. 11, 2001. While Adviser Update will no longer publish, its archive will be accessible online. Going forward the news section of our website, dowjonesnewsfund.org, will showcase important features for the scholastic media community. LINDA SHOCKLEY Linda Shockley is the managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund. She joined the Fund as assistant to the director in 1988 and was named deputy director in 1992. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Before joining Dow Jones, she worked as a reporter, editor, bureau chief and city editor for Gannett-owned newspapers in Westchester County, New York. Reach her at (609) 520-5929.