For the next two weeks the University of Nevada journalism school is busy teaching high school teachers basic journalism skills.
The annual Reynolds High School Journalism Institute brings high school newspaper advisers to Reno every year to learn the skills that they need to guide the next generation of journalists.
"They are here to get better at their craft," RHSJI instructor Karl Grubaugh said. "They are here to get better at inspiring kids in an area that matters."
"The teachers get to introduce young people to journalism," RHSJI Director Deidre Pike said. "They are in charge of the new recruits, of the new generation of reporters and journalists who will reinvent news media."
In daily classes, the teachers will learn all the basics of the craft, including writing, editing, interviewing, page design, first amendment law, and media ethics. It is an intensive two weeks for the 26 teachers who were accepted into the program. Most of them have no background in journalism, and they traveled from all over the country to learn at Reynolds.
Pike said the program gets the journalism school's name out there for prospective students, and the teachers said it's a great way to get motivated for the school year ahead.
"I am already totally inspired and can't wait to get back to my students and get going on the year," high school journalism teacher Carrie Denman said. "Usually I am not feeling like that in mid-summer."
The program is fully funded by a grant from the Reynolds Foundation.
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