As we look to educate our students in the world of media, one underlying fact that is evident is that it is still a world with few opportunities for women. Yet as we look at our publication classes, we see that girls thrive in this environment and are equally able to handle jobs in the media industry the same as men. I feel these are important topics to discuss and share with our students. At the middle school level, we of course would tread lightly lightly on some topics compared to more mature students at a high school or college level. It is our job to teach them to report accurate news, to research, to question, to photograph and to publish in a world that sometimes would rather ignore or hide the truth.
Here’s an excellent article on women in photojournalism. I will be sharing this with my students when we return from spring break. Each of us, as publication educators, need to strive for our students to give quality over quantity in their work. So that they can really become the voice for the voiceless.