Student Voice Open to all High School Journalists

Not all journalism students have peer mentors, a crucial element to collaborative writing and learning. And student journalists—especially those in underserved and underrepresented areas—need a way to amplify their stories for a broader audience. This month, the Journalistic Learning Initiative launched The Student Voice, a first of its kind mobile publication with curated content from student journalists across the country.

Research shows that participation in high school journalism contributes to skills and experiences vital for civic engagement.

“Students share a critical stake in our societal problems, yet their voices are rarely heard, particularly those students who are historically underserved,” said Ed Madison, Ph.D., JLI co-founder and executive director, who initiated The Student Voice. “With a deadly pandemic, gun violence, geopolitical instability, and a climate crisis, now is the time to showcase student work on these important issues.”

High school journalism students bring their original articles to a weekly virtual newsroom to obtain free writing, editing, and multimedia mentoring from University of Oregon (UO) journalism students. High school students must have a faculty advisor who has reviewed their submission and is willing to sign off on their work.

Student work will be re-published in The Student Voice, a mobile publication updated every other week with consent. UO students will encourage mainstream media to post Student Voice stories on their websites.  And Student Voice work will be eligible for an award on May 21.

The virtual newsroom is now open on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. (PDT), and sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. For more information, please visit: StudentVoiceNow.org or contact info@journalisticlearning.com.

The Student Voice is supported by a generous grant from the Williams Fund.

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