Newspaper Advising

JRN 809, Section 301
JRN 409, Section 301
Three credits or Non-Credit Workshop

Location: Comm Arts Building, MSU, East Lansing
July 16-20, 2012
Betsy Pollard Rau

The goals of this class for inexperienced high school newspaper advisers are to introduce the fundamentals of scholastic journalism and to provide a foundation in the management skills necessary to teach journalism and advise a student newspaper. The course covers newspaper content; reporting, writing and editing; photography; staff organization; legal and ethical issues; computer layout and design and student evaluation.

You will be expected to complete two writing assignments, write or update your staff manual, design two pages and complete a project—with grades based on the quality of the work done. Attendance at all sessions is required.

The class will meet for the first time on Monday, July 16 at 9 a.m. Class periods will be 9 a.m to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The class will be over at 2 p.m. on Friday. There will be a closing luncheon at noon. Evenings will be used for homework and open lab use.


  • The Radical Write, by Bobby Hawthorne
  • Newspaper Designer’s Handbook, by Tim Harrower
  • Law of the Student Press, pub. by the  Student Press Law Center (optional)
  • Notebook compiled by instructor, $8 to $15 fee
  • You may purchase your textbooks at or

Materials to bring (if available):

  • staff manual/editorial policy
  • copies of staff forms you want to update or rewrite
  • digital camera—if you will be using one and want some experience with it
  • pencils, pens, markers
  • samples of your newspaper
  • curriculum or lesson plans you want to work on
  • laptop, if you wish

Registration: To register for this course for credit, please go here:

Please be sure to check out other steps you might need to do before you are registered into the class on this page.