Young people are not only active consumers of news, increasingly they are shaping their own narratives to impact their communities. In this live webinar led by Erin Sucher-O’Grady, teachers will be introduced to concepts, activities, and lesson plans that they can use in their classroom to foster student learning, critical thinking, and writing practice, based in part on the Journalism Education Association online curriculum. Whether students are producing a newspaper or yearbook, or simply exploring the importance of accuracy and ethics in reporting, journalism helps prepare students for college, career, and life in a democracy.
About the Speaker
Erin Sucher-O’Grady is Missouri Director of the Journalism Education Association and leads the student journalism program at Clayton High School. Clayton’s news program is anchored by the award-winning newsmagazine, The Globe. She was named MJEA Missouri Journalism Teacher of the year in 2017 and a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Distinguished Educator in 2018. She holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a M.A.T. in Communication Arts from Webster University. In 2020, she completed her M.A. in American Culture Studies through University College at Washington University in St. Louis. Sucher-O’Grady’s thesis project investigated, with the help of her student journalists, the interconnected nature of race-based housing policy in St. Louis and the Voluntary Student Transfer program.