The Journalistic Learning Initiative is a coalition of researchers, educators, community members, philanthropists, foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporate partners, government agencies, and allied stakeholders working together to empower student voice and academic success. We partner with K-12 school districts and schools to infuse JLI’s proven pedagogical strategies into existing curricula to enhance student learning. JLI is a collaboration between the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and the College of Education.[/custom_font]
JLI identifies schools that are ripe for transformation and works with their teachers, administrators, and community members to initiate strategies for change. Or, they find us! Once relationships are in place, educators join a paid fellowship program with self-guided modules that train teachers in using the journalistic learning method and use our Effective Communicators curriculum in their classroom. The 45-day standards-aligned course can be taught inside existing English Language Arts or as a stand-alone elective. Through this team-teaching approach, our program facilitates the advancement of student learning and achievement.
In addition to our embedded long-term programs, JLI is developing in-person and online teacher trainings, workshops, and teacher credentialing programs through a partnership between the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and the College of Education.
These programs are designed to shift the culture of public, private, and charter school teaching from content-based to inquiry-based practices. We are expanding our reach through partnerships with peer universities that train teachers. Participating educators will experience journalistic learning’s best practices, interact with students in JL programs, and take them back to their respective classrooms.
Our growing community of educators will have access to an online library of research-based new media resources and realtime coaching tied to JLI principles.
The Journalistic Learning Lab is our University of Oregon-based “skunkworks” collective, where researchers, professionals, educators, graduate students, and undergraduates engage in ongoing investigation of media education innovation and efficacy. We welcome individuals, prospective partners, and funders who share our commitment to evidence-based discovery, iteration, and implementation.
Our emphasis is on advancing journalistic learning scholarship and practice through peer-reviewed, trade, and popular press publications.