Each year 35 high school teachers from around the country travel to the Reynolds Journalism Institute for the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. The two-week workshop teaches the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to produce a top-notch online and paper publication. The workshop, provided free for teachers and schools, is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and is administered by the American Society of News Editors.

Key Topics

Multimedia reporting, writing, editing, photojournalism, online and digital posting, layout and design,opinion pages, journalism credibility, ethics and responsibilities, the future of journalism and business side skills.


  • Help students start or improve a student newspaper online and/or on paper.
  • Enhance the teaching of journalism and the First Amendment.

A free and vital press is a cornerstone of democracy. Independent student newspapers that practice high journalistic standards inform and engage the entire school community. Critical thinking, writing, citizenship and media literacy skills are developed, along with a sense of responsibility and caring.


The Reynolds Institute pays for:

  • Continuing education credits determined at each university’s discretion upon completion of all assignments.
  • Program and study materials.
  • Travel to/from the Institute that we pre-approve (flights arranged by our designated agent OR mileage reimbursement, whichever costs less).
  • Housing (no roommate) and meals.
  • A journalism reference library.
  • Membership to the Student Press Law Center, Journalism Education Association and state/regional scholastic press group.

Identify elements of journalism

Objectives: Describe the primary purpose of journalism among competing public communications activities. Write a personal statement of professional responsibility.

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Apply news values

Objectives: Identify the traditional news values in mainstream and specialty publications. Identify the "so what" elements of news stories. Propose news stories that meet an "economics" test.

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Edit and write news

Objectives: Eliminate unnecessary or weak words in your copy. Ensure your writing is accurate. Eliminate or support reporter opinion in your copy. Use consistent style. Present copy free of unnecessary racial, gender or age identification and stereotyping.

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Use news sources

Objectives: Plan what you need to get from an event to contribute to a story. Plan interviews with people. Be more confident about your interviewing skills. Identify organizations that are related to your stories. Identify data and reports that are related to your stories. Improve your observation skills to include sensory detail in your stories.

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Edit video and audio

Objectives: Edit video news stories. Edit audio news stories.

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Operate cameras

Objectives: Identify the major camera functions. Make news still photographs. Shoot video.

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Audio principles

Objectives: Select appropriate audio equipment. Differentiate between line and microphone inputs. Handle microphones effectively in news gathering.

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Shoot news pictures

Objectives: Shoot a video news story. Shoot a multi-picture slide show.

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Create info graphics

Objectives: Identify graphic types. Identify the elements required for effective graphics. Create information graphics for stories. Produce an information animation.

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Create a website

Objectives: Create a plan for a news website. Create web page templates. Create simple CSS instructions. Create an initial web home page for the site. Conduct usability testing. Evaluate the site's search engine optimization.

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Basic design principles

Objectives: Presenting basic procedures in the specification and gatherings of the elements of the printed page -- type surfaces, photography/ar, color and space -- to create order and interest. Collecting editorial and graphic components on each page, where each page must seek out its own design. Print design should be planned to convey a clear message through a collection and connecting -- putting in space -- of words and images. Content should drive the design.

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Recorded Sessions 2013

Recorded Sessions 2012

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