21st Century challenges require 21st Century skills
You can help students meet those challenges with journalistic learning
Students who engage in journalistic learning are more engaged, think more critically, communicate more effectively, and present themselves with more confidence. They learn digital citizenship, media literacy, social media mindfulness, critical reading, objective writing and more through a project-based approach.
Journalistic learning is a project-based approach that teaches research skills, critical thinking, writing, collaboration, and oral communication. By engaging in self-directed learning, students of all socioeconomic backgrounds discover their voice and improve academic outcomes. To learn more about the academic foundation for the claims below, see these references.
Students get results with these programs and tools
A 10-week long instructional course that’s based in journalistic learning, Effective Communicators asks students to investigate and report on issues and topics that interest them. In addition to giving students publishing and civic engagement experience, it teaches them media literacy, critical thinking skills and essential writing skills.
Co-created by JLI and Playlab Education, Inc. – Murrow is an AI-powered writing coach, available to use for free. Murrow offers suggestions to help students generate their own ideas and narrow in on a topic. It also offers feedback on their writing
Black Student Magazine is a virtual after-school program that brings students of color and allies nationwide together to produce a digital magazine. Leading up to the annual publication, participants engage with industry experts weekly and receive coaching in small groups from undergraduate students of journalism at the University of Oregon.
The Student Voice is a professional development program for high schoolers focused on providing practical, accessible journalism advising led by undergraduate students of journalism from the University of Oregon. With students’ consent, we publish selected content in The Student Voice Digest (digital and print) and work to have it republished by mainstream media organizations. We acknowledge excellent student work in our Student Voice Awards.
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Written by JLI Co-Founder and Executive Director Ed Madison, Instructional Design Consultant Melissa Wantz, and Education Consultant Rachel Guldin, Language Arts in Action is a thoughtful guide for teachers who want to implement a journalistic learning approach in their classroom.
Language Arts in Action is a book that skillfully blends language arts and media literacy concepts together in a way that makes it possible for every secondary English teacher to engage with adolescent learners and their complex media environments. This book revolutionizes and reinvigorates journalism education at a time when it’s never been more important to untangle the blurring boundaries between information, persuasion, and entertainment.