SPJ, JEA bring journalism into classrooms through #Press4Education initiative

The Society of Professional Journalists and Journalism Education Association are looking to match journalists and K-12 teachers in a nationwide effort to bring more journalism education to schools.

The project, #Press4Education, provides lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and other resources to journalists who want to volunteer to share their knowledge about:

• Reporting Basics
• Media Literacy/Identifying Fake News
• Ethics
• Editing
• Online Reporting
• Data Journalism
• Visual Journalism
• Broadcast Journalism
• Social Media

The new #Press4Education initiative is off to an amazing start, bringing professional volunteers to K-12 classrooms around the country to talk about journalism and a variety of specialized topics based on teacher requests. A special focus of the SPJ/JEA program is on high school journalism classes, of course. So far, no teachers from Montana have requested a visit.

JEA and SPJ are trying to hit all 50 states,and they’re  hoping teachers will take advantage of this free opportunity.

Here’s the form for teachers to indicate their preferences in terms of topics for the classroom visit and to provide a little about their class/program.