Missouri Interscholastic Press Association

Student Journalist Resources

Student Press Law Center Accordinglogo to its website the SPLC is the “nation’s only legal assistance agency devoted exclusively to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment and supporting the student news media in their struggle to cover important issues free from censorship.”
The Student Press Law Center offers links to resources especially designed to help the student journalist. There is a Freedom of Information Act guide, photography tutorials and tips on how the SPJ can help.
The American Press Institute also offers student journalists resources. They range from a First Amendment quiz from the Student Press Law Center to an introductory guide to the essentials of reporting.

The Missouri School of Journalism mu-journalism-logo offers students tours of the school and other resources to consider.

Journalism Education Association JEA_4cJEA “supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity,” according to its mission.

JEA Digital Media JEAdigitalLogo_new_v1Advisers have done an amazing job of keeping students up-t0-date with the latest news and trends in digital media.

 National Scholastic Press Association NSPA, according to its website, is “exclusively for high school and other secondary school publications – yearbooks, newspapers, magazines, broadcast programs, and online publications. Since 1921, we’ve offered our members resources to help their publications improve, including national high school journalism conventions, prestigious contests and scholarships, a publication critique service, and much more.”
Columbia Scholastic Press Association CSPA has four main goals, according to its website to make clear expression the standard for success; to maintain the student media for students, by students and containing news of students; to conduct contests and offer awards to make student media better than they were; and to recognize that journalism can be a means towards broader understanding of society and people.

Regional organizations within the state:

  • Journalism Educators of Metro Kansas City provides advisers with adviser-only events throughout the school year, and students with scholarships and other spring contests.
  • Journalism StL “One of our main missions is to serve the journalism students in the St. Louis area by hosting a journalism conference every spring, usually at a local university. This conference brings local journalism students together for sessions with local media officials and teachers. We host an annual contest where yearbooks and newspapers are evaluated by out-of-state judges, and we give out thousands of dollars in scholarships for summer journalism workshops.”

Poynter Institute Its website says Poynter “exists to ensure that our communities have access to excellent journalism—the kind of journalism that enables us to participate fully and effectively in our democracy.” This unique resource offers advisers information on “management, ethical decision-making and the power of diversity; we teach editing, writing, reporting and new media skills; we teach those in broadcast, print and the Web; we teach those trying to remake their organizations and those trying to remake their journalistic skills set.”

School Newspapers Online provides website hosting to high schools.

Yearbook companies have loads of great ideas on their sites, those operating in the state:
The Student News Site of Missouri Interscholastic Press Association
Student Journalist Resources