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.