Coaching Tomorrow's Journalists

Course Overview

Coaching Tomorrow's Journalists
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
This course takes an hour or two to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Are you new to running your paper's youth pages and not sure where, or how, to start? Does your Web site have a page for stories written by teen or even younger journalists? Are you a veteran youth editor or journalism adviser eager to share ideas or looking for fresh feedback?

In Coaching Tomorrow's Journalists, you'll discover a variety of ways to capture the attention of rookie reporters and shape their training. You'll learn what to say (and what not to say) when you offer feedback about their work, and you'll have access to a network of colleagues who share your joys as well as your challenges in working with eager young journalists.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply a variety of training tools with youth journalists
  • Practice offering feedback to a youth journalist in the virtual newsroom
  • Identify how to use colleagues in the newsroom
  • Build a network of other journalists and educators who work with youth journalists
  • Tap additional training resources
Who should take this course:

Managers and trainers in charge of the young reporters for their organization’s youth pages or Web site, and any teacher working with young journalists.

Course Instructor:

Mark J. Miller

Mark J. Miller has written for American Journalism Review, Presstime, Crain's BtoB's Media Business, Folio: magazine and Digital Magazine News as well as Glamour, Details, The Washington Post,, Sports Illustrated for Kids and Runner's World, among many others.

Training Partner:

Newspaper Association of America Foundation

The Newspaper Association of America Foundation strives to develop engaged and literate citizens in a diverse society. NAAF endeavors to help media companies increase their readership and audience by offering programs that encourage the cultivation of a more diverse work force in the press. The foundation also invests in and supports programs designed to enhance student achievement through newspaper readership and appreciation of the First Amendment.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 8.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • You set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • You use a high-speed connection

This course contains audio, so please make sure you have your speakers or headphones on.