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Scholastic Press Student Partners


It’s a new year — heck, a new decade — so what better time to announce a new way to support scholastic press rights. JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission (SPRC) is excited to introduce a group called Scholastic Press Student Partners.

Another group? Surely you’ve got questions. We’ve got answers:

Q: What will Student Partners do?

A: This small group of high school students will have an opportunity to serve in a variety of capacities, including meeting both online and at JEA national conventions, answering press rights questions at a booth in the convention exhibit hall, planning new student programs to increase First Amendment awareness, building a network of students via Facebook and Twitter, planning and/or hosting press rights events at local and state conventions … and more. Student Partners will be asked to serve two-year terms and encouraged to attend a national convention each year.

Q: Who is eligible?

A: Students in grades 9-11 who are part of a high school media staff and whose advisers are current JEA members are eligible to apply.

Q: How will these students be selected?

A: Members of the JEA SPRC will select based on applications submitted by the Jan. 30 deadline. The application asks candidates to provide information about their experience in scholastic journalism and why they want to be involved.

Q: What is the high school adviser’s role?

A: Encourage students who are interested to submit applications. Don’t worry — that’s it. This is not an activity you would be required to oversee. During the selection process, someone from the SPRC might contact you for additional feedback about your student.

Q: How can students apply?

A: Here is the application (a Google Form). Deadline: Jan. 30, 2010.

Q: When and how will students be notified?

A: Students selected as Partners will be notified in early February. Student Partners will meet online in February and, if possible, in person at the Portland convention. Share the link with your students and encourage them to apply.

Still have questions? Let us know.

Sarah Nichols, MJE

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