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Jenna, who is going to law school in the fall helps instructor Judy Robinson with digital camera operation during the Multimedia for High School Journalism Educators June 21 on the IU campus.

I think what makes journalism so enticing to high schoolers and beyond is that it allows for collaboration across generations – in other words veteran teachers and advisers maintain their sanity by tapping into their biggest wealth of resources – their students. At both the high school and university level, journalism is more collaborative than the traditional classroom. It’s not: “This is the way it is – learn it and do it.”

It’s more: “Here are the principles and methods of operation – what are your ideas and how can WE make it happen?”

This is the best of all educational worlds – teachers and students learning simultaneously, building long-lasting mentor relationships, developing skills and opening new vistas for life and career opportunities.

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