December 21, 2011 / News

New study shows journalism options still numerous in schools, with yearbook popular

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Take a look at this very informative article from The News-Herald, an Ohio newspaper, about the current state of student journalism in public high schools.

The article quotes a new study from Kent State University, which concludes that while journalism has changed with the growth of the internet, the number of students interested in learning about it hasn’t really changed much at all.

That’s reflected in the number of students that continue to participate in student publications in high school. Yearbooks, specifically, continue to be produced all over the country. According to the study, 94% of public high schools have a yearbook, which roughly means 17,000 yearbooks get produced in a year in the U.S.

“It’s key to journalism education because it combines the journalism aspect with principles of design demonstrating how the two factors together create a product for the consumer,” Alison Fisher, yearbook adviser at Chadron High School said in The News-Herald article.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
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.