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Journalism Education
#Press4Education

Dear SPJ member,

Earlier this month, a survey revealed more people are once again looking to reputable news outlets after a year of “fake news” cries. Oprah Winfrey stressed how much she — and all of us — need a free press. Individuals and groups alike are recognizing the importance of journalism and donating their time and money to show their support for the Fourth Estate.

During my term as president of the Society of Professional Journalists, I set a goal for SPJ members to visit at least 100 K-12 classrooms across the country, to discuss the importance of journalism and the First Amendment in today’s society. The project, called #Press4Education, is supported by SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee, Journalism Education Association and others.

Apply to volunteer

Want to share your passion for journalism and the First Amendment with students in your community? Apply to become a #Press4Education volunteer.

The J-Ed Committee has developed Power Point presentations, information sheets and other resources volunteers may access to help with their school visits. In addition, committee members are ready to support volunteers by providing tips and assistance in making the presentations.

Topics include:

If you’re interested in sharing your passion for journalism and the First Amendment to students in your community, fill out this volunteer form. You will then be matched with a teacher who has requested a journalist to visit their classroom. You and the teacher will agree on a date and presentation topic, then a member of the J-Ed Committee will give you the supporting materials related to your topic.

Feel free to share your experience on social media using #Press4Education, and be sure to let the J-Ed Committee know how the presentation went.

Questions? Email J-Ed Committee Chair Becky Tallent.

Thank you for considering participating in this important project. Your knowledge and expertise will help shape the way future generations view journalism.

Sincerely,


Rebecca Baker
SPJ National President


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