Journalists in Classrooms (JiC) is a grassroots network of journalists committed to equipping students with the knowledge and tools necessary for civic engagement. Founded in Sacramento in fall 2018, we work directly with educators to bring news literacy into classrooms through a combination of live guest speaker visits by local journalists and news literacy training for teachers. We aim to instill students with the capacity to independently discern factual, detached reporting from opinion, advertising, and disinformation. We work at the district level to ensure consistency and continuity. Presently we focus on schools in Sacramento.

We believe in transforming education to meet the challenges created by a misleading online information environment. This starts with local journalists who share reporting and fact-checking skills with students and educators in their community to foster enhanced understanding of news content and the ability to ask insightful questions — skills critical to all forms of learning. Greater understanding of news media inspires youth to participate in scholastic journalism, shown to improve academic performance. We work with our partner The SacCounty Breeze, a county-wide student newspaper, to funnel interested students into student reporting opportunities.

Our first speaker visits are scheduled for this spring. We plan to offer select teachers a professional development day at the offices of our partner The Sacramento Bee this summer. To inquire about visiting a classroom or bringing JiC to your classroom, write to us at info@journalistsinclassrooms.org.

We are fundraising through our fiscal agent California Press Foundation (CalPress) to cover costs of the professional development day. Funding will also go towards maintaining JiC’s website, costs for CalPress to process funding, educational materials for guest speaker visits, and expanding JiC’s reach. JiC is not part of CalPress.

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