What is High School Journalism?
High School Journalism is envisaged as a programme that will take journalism to schools across India. Students who join this programme will be imparted five sets of skills – knowledge of basic laws that affect their lives as citizens, basic research skills to ferret details, importance of asking questions and the right method of posing them, ability to argue based on facts and the ability to narrate stories. All of this will be accompanied by a close reading of the media so that they can learn to become critical and discriminating readers and viewers of the news media. High School Journalism is therefore part media literacy, part writing classes, part argumentative ability, part research methods and most crucially part civic engagement.
Why High School Journalism?
HSJ is not just meant for those students who are interested in practising journalism as a career option. In fact, HSJ is meant for all students who want to go beyond the traditional curriculum, and want to become inquisitive and critical members of a democratic polity. Education cannot only be a means of securing jobs or stepping into careers. Education means the opening up of one’s mind to the diversity of experiences that characterizes the human condition. It means being curious. It means the ability to think critically. Journalism is a lens through which these can be achieved. Journalism allows, nay forces, one to go out, inquire, engage, understand and appreciate. With media literacy as a key component of this programme, it also provides the critical ability to engage with the news media. And this is extremely important in a democracy since most of what we will learn about what is outside the zone of direct experience will come filtered through the lens of the media. Students need to develop an incisive ability to understand this mediated experience. You can choose any career, but this ability will be needed since the world is now experiences via the news media. So HSJ equips you will skill sets that will serve you in any career that you may choose, but most importantly it will give you an education in citizenship, which no one who wants to be in a democracy can afford to do without.
How does the HSJ programme work?
For individual students:
After enrolment, the students complete the course, which includes five stories that they have to complete as part of the programme. Depending on their location, they can do the course online or do it in-class. Since the idea is to allow students to learn material and apply it, they can complete the course over a two-month period. On completion of the course, they get a certificate and they get to write for the citizen portal called citizensreport.in. They can continue to write for this portal as long as it meets the editorial standards of the portal as outlined there. Citizensreport.in is also an initiative of the foundation.
After necessary affiliation, the designated teacher will be trained as part of train the trainers programme. After this training, the students will have to complete the course either online or in-class with support from the school coordinator. They will have to complete the mandatory five stories to complete the programme. Post the programme, the students will be able to write their stories for the citizensreport.in website as per the editorial standards of the school. The school will get due credit, and we will also host the school’s news media website, where the students can write school specific stories. Those stories that focus on the larger community will be on both the school’s site and citizensreport.in, and due credit to the school will be given.
Who can join?
Students can join our HSJ programme when they are in Class IX and continue with it for the next four years. They need to get in touch with us. They need to complete the HSJ Programme.
Schools can institute the HSJ programme for interested students from Class IX. Those students who join the programme will have to complete the course work. The school has to assign an interested teacher to coordinate the programme, which will be a continuing activity of the school.
How to join?
Students wanting to join directly need to get in touch with us at email@example.com with the following details:
Home Phone Number (if any):
Name of School enrolled:
Reason for joining the programme: (250 words maximum):
Schools wanting to join the HSJ programme are requested to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details.
Name of Principal or Competent Authority:
What does it cost?
Students: A one-time fee of Rs. 500 as programme fees, which includes course material and continued contributing access to citizensreport.in
Schools: An affiliation fee as below and a one-time per student fee for enrolling students.
Government School: Rs. 1000 per year.
Government-aided School: Rs. 2500 per year.
Non-aided Schools: Rs. 5000 per year.