February 17, 2019 / News

Celebrate Scholastic Journalism Week 2019!

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Scholastic Journalism Week, an annual event organized by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) to remind schools of the importance of scholastic journalism, has arrived.

This year’s Scholastic Journalism Week runs from Feb. 17-23. The theme is “Dedicated to Our Communities.” The idea is that advisers and students will be able to raise consciousness regarding the benefits of scholastic journalism in their communities.

There are a variety of ways you can celebrate this week. JEA has outlined tons of ideas on their page dedicated to Scholastic Journalism Week.

Here were some of my favorites on JEA’s list of best ways to get involved:

  • Get active on social media – JEA has created special themes and unique hashtags for every day this week, so you can spread the word and promote the event over all your social media channels. Be sure to keep an eye on the Walsworth Yearbooks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages where we’ll be taking part.
  • JEA is providing a resolution template, which will allow you to work with your student council, school board or even your city officials to declare Scholastic Journalism Week in your community – a pretty cool way to promote it.
  • Host a journalism movie night – Over the years, there have been dozens of great journalism movies made that show just how valuable journalism is to our society – SpotlightThe PostAll the President’s Men just to name a few. Rent one of them, or a few of them, and set up special screenings.
  • Hold an open house – This week could be the perfect time to clean up your journalism room, and invite parents, students and faculty down to your office to give them a tour and show them what you do. Many people probably don’t understand, and would be fascinated by, all the planning and effort that goes into creating the student publications at your school.
  • Visit feeder schools – For high school staffs, this week might be a perfect time for a trip down to the middle schools and junior highs to promote your program and everything you do.
  • Celebrate yourself– Not everything has to be for the public. Your staff should spend some time this week celebrating yourself and all the hard work you put in every day to create your publication. Decorate, bring in food, whatever sounds like fun.

Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are several more great ideas to check out over on the JEA website.

Happy Scholastic Journalism Week!

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.