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  • Member updates, convention preview in spring newsletter

    Posted on March 23rd, 2017 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    Catch up with Scholastic Journalism Division news in the spring newsletter, designed and compiled by editor Leslie Dennis (South Carolina).

  • Division’s Newsletter Available

    Posted on November 4th, 2016 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    SJD’s Fall 2017 newly designed newsletter, edited by Leslie Dennis (South Carolina)

    Read the latest Scholastic Journalism Division news in this fall’s newsletter, designed and compiled by editor Leslie Dennis (South Carolina).

  • Scholastic Source (March 2014) provides highlights from mid-winter meeting and schedule for AEJMC Conference

    Posted on May 15th, 2014 jdodd No comments

    Scholastic Source March 2014

    Here’s the March 2014 edition of Scholastic Source — Scholastic Source March 2014

    You can read stories and see photos from the Scholastic Journalism Division’s mid-winter meeting at the First Amendment Center in Nashville.

    Also included is the tentative schedule for the Division’s schedule for the AEJMC Conference in Montreal, Canada, Aug. 6-9.

  • Scholastic Source (Nov. 2013) edition provides information about mid-winter meeting and highlights from DC convention

    Posted on November 4th, 2013 jdodd No comments

    scholastic_source_nov_2013Here’s the latest edition of Scholastic Source — SJD_Source_November2013

    You’ll find the information you need to register for the mid-winter meeting, which will be held at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Jan. 3-4.

    Division co-chair Jeff Browne is handling registration. The registration form and information about the convention hotel are included in the newsletter.

    The newsletter also includes highlights from the Scholastic Journalism Division’s activities at the AEJMC convention in Washington, DC, in August.

    Past division chair David Bulla shares about the division’s special activities with Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier, both of whom were key figures in Supreme Court cases regarding student press rights.

    You can read Karen Flowers’ Honors Lecture and hear her stories of what makes working in scholastic journalism so rewarding for advisers and often life-changing for the student journalists.

    Thanks to Geoffrey Graybeal and Joe Dennis, who are editors of Scholastic Source.

  • Scholastic Source (July 2013 edition) provides information about 2013 AEJMC Convention activities and awards

    Posted on August 4th, 2013 jdodd No comments

    Scholastic Source july 2013 coverThe latest issue of Scholastic Source is here for your reference —  SJD Source July 2013

    The issue has arrived just in time to help you know all that will be going on for our division at the AEJMC Convention in Washington, D.C.

    You can read about the individuals who will be receiving awards from the division at the convention.

    You can read about division members’ views about scholastic press rights, as AEJMC recognizes the 25th anniversary of the Tinker ruling.

    You can have the division’s agenda during the convention so you won’t miss any of our sessions and special events.

    Thanks to newsletter editor Teresa White and others who contributed to the issue.

  • Tinker Tour comes to St. Louis

    Posted on April 14th, 2013 jdodd No comments
    by Don Corrigan

    “She’s kind of like a rock star. I can’t believe I am in line to have an armband actually signed by Mary Beth Tinker,” said Tammy tinker-flyerMerrett-Murry, the college newspaper adviser at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIU-E).I was in line for Tinker’s signature as well.

    After all, Mary Beth Tinker is a legend. Her armband, her photo, her case documents and “fan mail” are all in a glass case in Washington, D.C., at the incredible Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue.

    In 1969 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Tinker in  a triumph for student free expression. It all began when 13-year-old Tinker and her brother wore black armbands to school in Des Moines (Iowa), and they were thrown out of school.

    After 25 years of teaching college students about Tinker, Hazelwood and other First Amendment cases in my media law classes, it should come as no surprise that I jumped at the chance to bring Tinker to St. Louis to speak to students and the community. The opportunity arose when my friend Mitch Eden, adviser to the Kirkwood High School Call, told me that his group, Sponsors of School Publications (SSP), wanted to bring Tinker to the regional convention of SSP at my university on March 11.

    As things worked out, Tinker spoke to more than 600 high school students in a morning session of SSP and about 150 members of the St. Louis community at an evening event at my school, Webster University. In between, Tinker and I did a radio show on “St. Louis On The Air” on KWMU, the local NPR affiliate.Two weeks after these events, I had a lunch meeting with Tinker in Washington, D.C., where I was giving a paper related to First Amendment issues at the convention of the Popular Culture Association (PCA).

    Tinker told me the St. Louis event was a sort of dry run for an upcoming “Tinker Tour.” If all goes as planned, the Tinker Tour will be a First Amendment Bus Tour of schools all over the country and it will officially start in Philadelphia in September on Constitution Day.

    “St. Louis worked out well and it’s kind of a model of what we want to do,” Tinker told me in Washington.

    “It’s like a pep rally for the First Amendment. What could be better than that? The time has never been better to stand up for free

    Mary Beth Tinker spoke to more than 600 high school students and 150 members of the St. Louis community at Webster University. "It's like a pep rally for the First Amendment," she said of the event. Photos by Rebecca Barr, Tu Square Studio

    Mary Beth Tinker spoke to more than 600 high school students and 150 members of the St. Louis community at Webster University. “It’s like a pep rally for the First Amendment,” she said of the event. Photos by Rebecca Barr, Tu Square Studio

    speech and for high school journalism programs that are getting squeezed in tough budget times for school districts.“I think the enthusiasm of the students in St. Louis shows how central journalism and newspapers can be to high school curriculum,” added Tinker. “Students actually use their freedoms that they learn about in civics. I tell young people they have rights – and if you don’t use them, you lose them.”

    At the First Amendment “pep rally” in the gymnasium at Webster University, Tinker had the students on their feet. She asked them to name the five freedoms included in the First Amendment, which they did.

    This was in stark contrast to the knowledge the general populace has about the First Amendment, as indicated in Knight polls and similar polling in the U.S.Tinker’s own enthusiasm for the Bill of Rights moved people at the Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium in the evening. She was accompanied by a knowledgeable panel that I put together, which included representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and a local high school newspaper editor.

    At both the evening session, and the morning session with the students, we gave out memorial Tinker armbands. The armbands recalled when she wore a protest armband in 1965 to oppose the Vietnam War and to signal support for a Christmas truce in Southeast Asia proposed by U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

    Tinker and several other students were thrown out of school – resulting in a First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of the students’ rights to free speech.In 1969, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 that wearing armbands at school to protest the war was constitutionally-protected speech.

    Justice Abe Fortas noted: “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gate.”

    Tinker said she is not sure whether the armbands will become a part of the “Tinker Tour” which will launch later this year.

    She said the armbands at the St. Louis events were part of what made her time in the Gateway City very special.

    “I am going to be pretty flexible about what people want to do when I come to visit their schools,” said Tinker. “And if students want

    Webster Faculty member Don Corrigan helped coordinate the event, which was part of the regional convention of Sponsors of School Publications. Corrigan also did a radio show with Tinker on "St. Louis On The Air."

    Webster Faculty member Don Corrigan helped coordinate the event, which was part of the regional convention of Sponsors of School Publications. Corrigan also did a radio show with Tinker on “St. Louis On The Air.”

    me to accompany them to their state legislatures to push for Student Free Expression bills, I would certainly do that. We certainly need to counteract decisions like Hazelwood that curbed student rights.”

    Indeed, a big part of the rationale for bringing Tinker to St. Louis was to mark the sad 25th anniversary of another U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1988. In contrast to the Tinker ruling, the Hazelwood decision was a blow to student expression rights.

    For more information about the upcoming Tinker Tour, go to the Web to: tinkertourusa.org/about/tinkertour/ or to www.facebook.com/TinkerTour.

    For more information about details to organizing a Tinker event, please contact the writer of this blog post at:  corrigan@timesnewspapers.com.

  • Division seeks nominees for Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award, April 1 deadline

    Posted on February 25th, 2013 jdodd No comments
    by Cheryl Pell
    Since 1987 the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has been honoring a person or an organization that has made significant contributions to promoting diversity in scholastic media programs.
    The Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award is named for Robert P. Knight, a professor in the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He was the director of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association from 1965 until his death in 1992. He received the first Knight Multicultural award in 1990.
    The award recipient will be chosen by an independent selection committee of the AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division members, and the award will be presented at the AEJMC annual convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 8-11, 2013.
    To make a nominations, complete the nomination form — KnightAward2013
    If you have questions, please email Cheryl Pell at pell (at) msu (dot) edu
    The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013.
  • Scholastic Journalism Division loses ‘Friend of Scholastic Journalism’ with Paul Pohlman’s passing

    Posted on January 25th, 2013 jdodd 1 comment

    by Julie Dodd

    I learned about Paul Pohlman’s passing from a tweet from Ellyn Angelotti (@ellynangelotti). Paul passed on Jan. 23 at age 70. I clicked on the link in Ellyn’s tweet to the Poynter article about the recollections his colleagues had of Paul.

    I have my own recollections about Paul as do many others in the Scholastic Journalism Division because he played a key role in the success of our mid-winter meetings at Poynter.

    Paul was our Poynter contact when we first began holding our mid-winter meetings at Poynter. Those of us who planned the mid-winter meetings (the division’s head and vice-head) would work with Paul on setting dates and scheduling Poynter faculty as speakers. Paul coordinated efforts with Poynter administrative staff so that we were ready to go with name badges and meals. He welcomed us and joined us at meals to talk about scholastic journalism and initiatives Poynter was involved in.

    In my scholastic journalism work, I’ve been involved in planning dozens and dozens of meetings and workshops and conventions. Without a doubt, planning the Scholastic Journalism Division’s mid-winter meetings was the smoothest event to set up because of Paul. As we’d talk about the logistics for the meeting, he’d always ask how I was doing. If I mentioned a teaching or college issue, he’d ask a few more questions, and within a few minutes, he would have guided me to new insights or approaches to whatever the concern was. He was a wonderful listener and guide to problem solving.

    Several members of the Scholastic Journalism Division joined together and nominated Paul and the Poynter Institute for a Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award, which Paul and Poynter received in 2004. Wendy Wallace, now Poynter’s Grant Coordinator and member of the Entrepreneurship Faculty, received the award at the JEA/NSPA convention in Atlanta, but we waited to present the award to Paul at our mid-winter meeting in January 2005.

    When I emailed former division head Jack Dvorak about Paul’s death, he sent this remembrance of Paul:
    “Paul truly helped the Scholastic Journalism Division through the years, and I had the pleasure of working with Paul a few times as we set up mid-winter meetings, lunches and other activities at Poynter. He played a quiet but substantial role in helping the SJD remain healthy. We are indebted to him.”

    [To read the article in Scholastic Source, click on the Newsletter tab and then scroll to the March 2005 issue. Thanks to Cheryl Pell for enabling us add this issue to the SJD website.]

  • December 2012 newsletter now available

    Posted on December 17th, 2012 Adam Maksl No comments

    Download the most recent edition of Scholastic Source, the newsletter for the Scholastic Journalism Division.

    In it, you can read a column by David Bulla praising the journalism program at Palo Alto High School. And if you missed Cheryl Pell’s honors lecture in Chicago, you can read the text of her speech in this newsletter.

    Finally, if you plan to attend the Midwinter, the form to register is on the final page.

  • Tampa Bay reporter, Poynter faculty member to headline upcoming midwinter meeting

    Posted on December 17th, 2012 Adam Maksl No comments

    By Calvin Hall

    Author and reporter Jeff Klinkenberg will be among the featured presenters at the 2013 Scholastic Journalism Division Midwinter Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 4-5.

    Kenny Irby, senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute, will also be a presenter at the meeting, which will be held at the Poynter Institue. Irby specializes in visual journalism and diversity training.

    Klinkenberg reports for the Tampa Bay Times, where he has worked since 1977. He is also the author of several essay collections, including Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators and Seasons of Real Florida.

    The Midwinter Meeting begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, with a presentation by Irby, followed by a panel discussion. The Scholastic Division will hold its business meeting at 5 p.m. At the end of the business meeting, members will have its ever-popular state giftexchange session. Members who will be attending the meeting are asked to bring an interesting and unique exchange item valued at $10 or less from their respective states.

    Saturday, Jan. 5, features Klinkenberg, who writes about Florida culture for the Tampa Bay Times. Following Klinkenberg’s presentation a panel will discuss the atmosphere created in high schools by Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier and its impact on college media.

    After lunch, recent scholastic journalism research will be the focus of the day’s next panel.

    Smartphones and tablet computers are the focus of the final session, titled “Apps for You.” Session leaders Julie Dodd and Judy Robinson invite division members to share their favorite apps for education, media and personal use.

    “I think we have a great program planned again this year, as has been the tradition over the years,” said Calvin Hall, Scholastic Journalism Division vice head. “I hope that our members can once again find their way back to St. Petersburg to refresh and renew themselves before beginning a new semester.”

    To register for the meeting, complete the form enclosed in the newsletter and mail it and the registration fee to Scholastic Journalism vice head Calvin Hall at the address listed on the form. If you have questions or need other information, contact Hall at hallcl@ appstate.edu. The registration deadline is Dec. 17.

    Hotel reservations can be made through Dec. 14 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Hotel, 333 First St. S. Use the group code AEJMC to receive the AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division Midwinter Meeting rate.

    Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 1-800- 944-5500 or by calling Hilton Reservations at 1-800-445-8667.

    The rates are $119 for single or a double room and include $6 per day for parking and access to the Executive Lounge. Check-in is 3 p.m.; check-out is noon.

    The room rates also are available three days before and three days after the official Jan. 4-5 meeting dates, as available.