Monday, April 13, 2009

Survey Assesses HS Papers in Southern Cal

Monday, April 13, 2009

An MF-funded survey on the state of high school journalism in Southern California reveals that First Amendment issues, poor literacy skills, and lack of time and resources are among the challenges facing high school journalism teachers and students. It also revealed both significant need for and interest in the area of high school journalism: Nearly one-fifth of teachers reported having no budget for their school newspapers, and nearly 90 percent of teachers at schools without journalism favor starting a journalism program.

The research was conducted as a joint project by Los Angeles-based Youth News Service, the publisher of the teen-written L.A. Youth, and the Evaluation and Training Institute (ETI), a nonprofit research and consulting firm that specializes in the evaluation of educational and social programs. It included an online survey completed by 235 teachers and a student focus group of 11 student journalists.

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