Reynolds High School Journalism Institute: Great free summer workshop for journalism advisers

Attendees and instructors of the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute held at University of Nevada, Reno, in July 2010.

Attendees and instructors of the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute held at University of Nevada, Reno, in July 2010.

One of the best workshops for journalism advisers I’ve attended is the two-week Reynolds High School Journalism Institute from American Society of Newspaper Editors. I attended the institute at the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) in the summer of 2010.

I had been advising high school newspapers for three years and a yearbook for one year when I attended. And I left the institute with a lot of knowledge and a better idea of how to teach high school journalism and advise student media.

Advisers – some new, some with more than 10 years of student media advising under their belt, from all around the country attended the institute at UNR. Four other Reynolds institutes were held at other college campuses that summer. The institute pays for everything: travel, lodging and most meals.

We had a variety of sessions on topics such as design and the First Amendment, several speakers and even had a chance to produce our own news website. I had not written a news story in seven years when I wrote two news stories for our website, so I was nervous about trying out my reporting skills once again.

So, I was sad to hear a few weeks ago that the 2015 Reynolds Institute summer workshop will be its last. But here’s your chance to be among the 35 people selected to attend each of the four locations this coming summer. The 2015 workshop will be different than previous ones. Instead of spending two weeks away from home, you will be at a campus for one week and the second week of the workshop is online. Plus, alumni are allowed to attend.

If you are new to advising or need to brush up on your skills (especially in online or multi-media,) I strongly encourage you to apply. Below is an email that Megan Schumacher, senior information specialist, for ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative sent to Journalism Education Association members:

“The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute applications for 2015 are now available at The Institute has trained more than 2,200 teachers since it started in 2001; I’m sure many of you are alumni or have heard of it! Click here for more information about the Institute!

The Institute will be a little different in 2015. Instead of two weeks of on-campus training, it will include one week of on-campus training combined with pre- and post-Institute instruction online. Teachers who have previously attended the Institute are welcome to apply!

You can apply for any location that fits your schedule. The selection committees will choose 35 participants for each Institute:

  • Arizona State University: June 21-27
  • University of Texas at Austin: July 12-18
  • Kent State University: July 12-18
  • University of Missouri: July 19-25

Some other Institute updates:

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or 573-882-3792.

Happy holidays, and thank you for your support of scholastic journalism!

Best regards,




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