Free Instructional Resources Available for Educators

Journalistic Learning Initiative Offers Video Interviews, Study Guides to Stimulate Reflection, Writing

October 13, 2020 (Eugene, Ore.) – New instructional resources are available online for middle and high school educators, thanks to the Journalistic Learning Initiative, an Oregon-based nonprofit empowering students to find their voice through storytelling. With two of its student reporters—sophomores at Junction City High School—JLI has developed a free video series to inspire writing and reflection. Longtime classmates Kaden and Avery host “JLI Extra Credit,” interviewing experts on timely and important challenges facing young people across the state. Recent segments include:

*Making Sense of the Presidential Election, with University of Oregon journalism instructors Lisa Heyamoto and Todd Milbourn;

*Feeding the Hungry, with Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan;

*Protest Coverage in the Media, with Oregonian Education reporter Eder Campuzano;

*COVID-19 Response and Social Justice, with Oregon Health Authority Policy Analyst Berk Nelson.

Kaden and Avery have also conducted interviews on pet care during COVID-19, building self-confidence, and media literacy. Each segment is 10 to 25 minutes in length and is accompanied by a printable and modifiable reflection sheet to stimulate discussion and motivate students to conduct their own interviews and stories.

“We want to support secondary teachers everywhere who are looking for assignment materials that encourage self-directed learning and discovery,” said JLI Executive Director Ed Madison. “These are timely explorations of vital subjects, including COVID-19, hunger, protests, and the presidential election. We find that students ask the kind of questions and seek answers their peers will understand, which often leads to greater comprehension and engagement.”

Extra Credit is available at

Founded in 2015, in collaboration with the University of Oregon School of Journalism and College of Education, the JLI empowers students to discover their voice, improve academic outcomes, and engage in self-directed learning through project-based story telling. Students learn to research, interview, write, edit, and collaborate, making them more effective communicators. Since its inception, JLI has helped more than 4,500 young people in Oregon and California succeed. For more information, email

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Contact: Sydney Clevenger, (503-449-6580),

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