Alma Matters says goodbye to summer – with a list of fall resources


We have covered a lot of ground in this newsletter over the past academic year.

Preparing this newsletter for you every week is the culmination of my work. Like many of you, I miss the pace of a newsroom, but participating in the education of emerging journalists is a pleasure in itself.

If you’re up for it, send me your comments. Granular comments help. I have been working hard on this newsletter and want it to be of maximum benefit to everyone who reads it. So if you see something you like or realize you’re continually skipping a section, can you let me know? Your input is valuable and I read every email I receive.

I realize you’re both getting ready for a break and getting ready for fall, so I’ll be brief with a short list of Poynter resources you might consider for next year:

  • In my humble opinion, our next Teachapalooza conference is worth the minimal cost of $199 and your much more valuable time (plus, you know, see the photo above). There are still a few places available in person, but we will also be offering strong hybrid opportunities. Consider joining us in St. Pete or online. I think you will be very happy that you did.
  • Subscribe to the Professor’s Press Pass for just $100 per year or $12 per month. This subscription service offers weekly case studies and discussion questions around a current economic or ethical topic. They are designed to get your students thinking about how decisions are made in the media – and to show how they will be called upon to make similar decisions.
  • Consider awarding our free courses, Understanding Title IX and Open Records Success: Strategies for Writing Requests and Overcoming Denials
  • It was also the last issue of The Lead this semester. Subscribe to The Lead, Poynter’s weekly newsletter for student journalists, and encourage your students to do the same.
  • Check out one of our popular certificate programs designed to hone your students’ understanding of writing, journalism, math, and fact-checking.
  • Keep reading this newsletter. 🙂

In this space, I often remind you to take care of yourself. Here I will implore you. You survived a global pandemic. The world as we knew it will more or less return to normal in our classrooms this fall. Where you can, take risks to practice good self-care. Be calm. To be present. Breathe. Savor the pleasure. Take note of the laughs. Have a really good meal, or at least try to cook one.

And this summer, remember that what you do is vital to our democracy. Thank you for your important contributions to the young journalists under your care. We are all better off for it.

the The 2022 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced Last week. I like to remind people that Pulitzer’s work – while exceptional – can seem intimidating or inaccessible to students. I’ve found it helpful to extract one item – a well-crafted track or a request for Smart Records – to hold as an example rather than the whole piece. Remind your students that most great newspapers are built over time, piece by piece, until the whole comes together.

We are proud to announce a new partnership between Poynter’s MediaWise Campus Correspondents program and NBCLX. You can read more about our weekly student-produced segments here.

We’re also offering slots in the fall for one of our trained fact-checkers to zoom into your classroom for a lively session on spotting misinformation and disinformation on social media. Sign up for more information here.

Oh, and while I think about it… MediaWise is looking for a comrade with excellent news judgment and writing/editing skills, social media savvy and a genuine interest in youth media.

  • The Student Press Law Center reported that high school censorship Case.
  • Here is one to tag and share with your students: “A New York Times investigation last year revealed a tragic wave of undisclosed civilian deaths in the US air war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The series was deeply critical of the US government, and on Monday he won the Pulitzer Prize for international reports. Then it received praise from a more unlikely source: the US government.


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