First Edition of Black Student Magazine Produced by Lane County Students

Lane County middle and high school students are working hard on the community’s first Black Student Magazine, an after-school project piloted by the Journalistic Learning Initiative in partnership with Lane Education Service District (LESD).

According to a study in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, students who engage in journalism and media earn better grades and test scores in high school and college than their peers.

Black students in Lane County, Oregon, have spent the fall and winter semesters learning how to conduct research, vet sources, and apply what they’ve learned by interviewing local community members.

For example, Anna from Willamette High School interviewed Eugene matriarch and trailblazer Lyllye Parker.

How to Prepare for an Interview – featuring Lyllye Parker from JLI Online on Vimeo.

Another student was curious about Kenyan-born Polly Irungu and her creation of a new database that showcases Black women photographers’ work.

“I am learning a lot, too!” said Lela Ross, an African American Black Student Success Navigator with LESD. “The opportunity to uplift and share student voice, especially in these times, and especially African American voice, is huge for our community. Everyone needs to see, hear, and listen to our Black youth. We should all be curious about what they think and amplify that voice any way we can.”

There is still time to join this exciting after school program! Black student success is the program’s goal, but peers and allies from all ethnic and racial backgrounds who support the intent of the project are also welcome. Contact us at

The Black Student Magazine: Lane County is supported through grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust and The Autzen Foundation.

To promote your business and support student voice, you can purchase an ad here or contact JLI will distribute 5,000 copies of the print publication this spring.

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