Site URL: HSJ.org
Content: High School Journalism.org’s stated mission is encouraging the next generation to pursue journalism and develop a solid appreciation for the First Amendment. The site’s content reflects that, offering lessons, tips and ideas for student newspapers.
Design: Aesthetically, there isn’t a lot to get excited about. There is a logical navigation bar at the top and a main scroller on the left side of the page. A nice design element is a navigation area opposite the scroller. Two boxes direct teachers to their content and students to theirs.
Review: Getting past the look of the site, there is a lot here to like. Lessons like Jim McGonnell’s Curriculum for a Journalism Classroom are great tools for anyone getting a student newspaper off the ground. Likewise, English teachers can use the site’s lessons on copy editing and writing.
HSJ also goes beyond the typical journalistic disciplines and offers lessons on advertising as well as understanding the media. All of this would be useful in the classroom.
Bottom Line: Whether you are advising a student newspaper or simply looking for a creative new lesson for your class, High School Journalism.org is worth a look.