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Foundations for Scholastic Journalism

Foundations for Scholastic Journalism
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Late last year, the Scholastic Press Rights Commission asked JEA members and others what clear statements about legal and ethical issues they would like to see compiled in one easy-to-access place.

From their responses the Commission created these 11 Foundations for Scholastic Journalism, in downloadable PDF form below, the first installment of our series. Foundations run from the general, including curriculum standards for law and ethics, to the precise, such as how and when to get consent when publishing articles. It’s a start, and the Commission welcomes suggestions for others we can add in the future.

Some of these incorporate and expand on JEA policies and statements the Board has passed and are available elsewhere on the Web, but here you will find them all in one place. They also offer links to resources that support each concept and can serve as handouts or posters.

1. Journalism as 21st Century skills

2. A Free and Responsible Student Press

3. Administrators Should Support Scholastic Journalism

4. Why advisers should oppose censorship

5. The Importance of Getting Consent

6. The Use of Anonymous Sources

7. Verification is important

8. Handling controversy

9. Foundations to meet Common Core standards for law and ethics

10. A road map: Getting to know the SPLC

11. Who owns the copyright?

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