I am currently conducting a study that examines the state of journalism education on the public high school level throughout the U.S.
Last semester, I researched and reported on the state of Massachusetts and how they valued their journalism education. I found that less than 29% of public high schools are offering any type journalism or current events class to their students. Louisiana offers it to less than 14% of their public high schools and North Dakota less than 8%. Teaching journalism to high school students is not just teaching the basics to future reporters, but it allows an educational pathway to the nation’s future voters, entrepreneurs and leaders and how they consume information responsibly.