Michigan State To Offer Three Credit Courses Online Starting Jan. 25

Three online courses for teachers will be offered through the Michigan State University School of Journalism. All courses start on Jan. 25 and end May 7 and are three credits each.Writing and Editing for Student Media

Bobby Hawthorne will teach you most of what you’ll need to know about the fundamentals of news and feature writing, opinion writing, headlines, editing and proofing. Each week will focus on a specific area, and after the first week, you’ll notice you are using many of Bobby’s techniques in your own classrooms. You’ll rave about this class.

Instructor: Bobby Hawthorne, author of The Radical Write

Student Media Law

It’s been said that no publication adviser should walk inside a publication classroom unless armed with a class in press law. That’s why we offer this course. The course’s primary goal will be to help scholastic journalism teachers understand, identify and avoid legal “hotspots.” Important class for ALL advisers!

Instructor: Adam Goldstein, attorney advocate, Student Press Law Center

Power Advising

Created for advisers who have had at least one year of advising, this course will help teachers feel empowered in what they are doing. This is what’s cool: Power Advising will be tailored to those who register for the course. The instructor will contact you before the semester starts to assess your needs. You’ll work on an independent project, participate in discussions and find time and motivation to concentrate on issues of concern. Good for both yearbook and newspaper teachers.

Instructor: Betsy Pollard Rau, former high school award-winning adviser

To register for any of these classes, please e-mail Cheryl Pell at pell@msu.edu, or go to the MIPA Web site at www.mipamsu.org/advisers for more information about each class.

Quote from a student:

“More than any other class in all my education, I really came away with an immense amount of knowledge that I can use both in my classroom and my personal life. I cannot recommend Bobby’s course highly enough for other journalism teachers. Not only did my writing change, but so did the writing process for my students. Using what I learned, my life as an adviser was much less hectic than in previous years! My students are better writers, better at interviewing and finding a good angle to feature in our yearbook. I am better at editing and coaching them in their writing. It was a lot of work, but it was rewarding to feel that I was learning something I could use. I am anxious to learn more.”
—Catherine Hansen, Traverse City West HS

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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