“High school journalism provides one of the best tools educators have for preparing active citizens. But that tool becomes useless when taken from students. When the courts tell administrators they can dictate some conditions for critical-thinking by student journalists, and require “responsible journalism” as a condition of press freedom, it becomes obvious that ethics must sit side-by-side with students striving to practice serious journalism. And to become part of their legal-defense arsenal when forced to fight for their ideas and the right to express them.”
– Thomas Eveslage, Temple University
The importance of teaching journalism ethics at the high school level cannot be understated. Teaching journalism ethics leads to better editorial decisions, a more responsible press and increased credibility in the eyes of readers. Research shows student development in ethical decision-making after exposure to an ethics curriculum and ethical discussion.
Visit the research page for more research behind the creation of this website and for more information on the need for teaching ethics in scholastic journalism. Visit the teaching resources page for a unit plan designed to give students a basic background in journalism ethics.