October 29, 2014 / News / Yearbook Tips

Journalism, Common Core starting to align in the classroom

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

The past four years have often been a confusing time for high school journalism teachers and publications advisers as they have worked to decipher and adapt to the new Common Core State Standards.

However, a new article at PBS.org, written by Kent State University journalism professor Candace Perkins Bowen, offers some wonderful insight as to how many instructors are aligning their journalism programs to fit with the standards.

The article details how a group of advisers in Michigan collaborated, via a wiki, to realign their programs based on the Common Core, in an effort to prove their value to administrators.

There is also a section detailing national efforts by organizations such as the Journalism Education Association to provide more educational support materials regarding the Common Core.

Earlier this year, Walsworth Yearbooks released an updated version of its curriculum, The Yearbook Suite, which included an adviser version with notes detailing the Common Core standards addressed in each lesson.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 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.