Adviser Update Adviser Update Spring 2017 | Page 14

WHAT I LEARNED FROM SCHOLASTIC JOURNALISM By Lori Keekley A Lori Keekley, MJE, teaches at St. Louis Park (Minnesota) High School where she has advised the Echo online and print for 14 years. Keekley received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and master’s degree from the University of Missouri. She was named the 2016 Dow Jones News Fund News Adviser of the Year, the Minnesota Journalism Adviser of the Year (2010) and a NSPA Pioneer recipient (2012). dvisers and journalism students know that student media provides more than the traditional journalism skills of writing, photography and design. Student media teaches the “soft skills” employers desire. Students learn teamwork, interpersonal communication, deadlines, organization, creativity and adaptability. However, journalism advisers often are asked to explain the value of journalism — especially this time of year when the next school year budget gets decided. I’ve included seven responses and left them in their own words. They answered the question: How did being part of a student-run media program help you in whatever you are doing currently? Kelsey Reid CURRENT: Program associate, Vera Institute of Justice GRADUATED: 2011 High school journalism was one of the first contexts where I experienced not only the value of my own voice, but I also got to grapple with how my work and the resources available to me could best support others’ voices and experiences, particularly, those most often silenced. While covering stories ranging from transgender students’ access to bathrooms to a student involved in a violent crime, my peers and I learned how to think through how to do both our audience and the individuals whose stories we were telling justice. As a public servant and policy maker, I’m always working to balance personal narratives and statistical analysis to inform and mobilize an audience on issues that matter. The foundation for how I go about that was built years ago, proof-by-proof and story-by-story, in collaboration with my peers on our high school newspaper staff. Solly Kane CURRENT: Management consultant GRADUATED: 2007 I actually think my experience at the Echo and in student journalism in general is possibly the most influential educational experience I had in terms of skills I use every day. (To remind you: I graduated from SLP in 2007. After Park, I went to UW-Madison for journalism and political science, including writing for the student newspaper there and working on a student-produced TV show for the Big Ten Network, worked at a non-profit for six years, got an MBA at NYU, and currently work in