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hazelwoodcolorEstablish a network of alumni and parents to support you. Create allies for when trouble arises. #25HZLWD http://jeasprc.org/reaching-out-informing-the-community-about-key-principles-of-journalism/

You never know when you could use a friend or two or 10 or more. There are lots of good reasons to have a parent and alumni booster group — they bring food to late work nights, raise money to help defray costs for going to conventions and act as chaperones on field trips.

BUT if you need someone to support you and speak up for the value of what you do, stand up for your right to use your voices or to have a publications class, those booster club members know how hard you work and what your media mean to you. They’ll be there for something more important than bringing pizza to you at 10 p.m.

The rest of the school community might know more about you, too, if you have an active j club that has activities and projects that benefits the school. For more info about that, keep reading.

Resources
• Consider joining j, JEA’s student organization. j offers opportunities for student journalists to connect with their peers across the country.
http://jea.org/home/resources-for-students/j/
• Check out “Friends of the Spoke” for a model you can use when creating your own publications support group.
http://www.friendsofthespoke.org/Friends_of_The_Spoke.html
 Reach out to inform community about journalism
http://jeasprc.org/reaching-out-informing-the-community-about-key-principles-of-journalism/

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