A proven model

The origins of this project: Success with at-risk students


Journalists in Schools broadens, improves and updates for the 21st century a successful pilot program that was founded by our project director, Leslie Seifert. Beginning in the mid-1990s, that program ran for eight years at Middle College High School in Long Island City, Queens, a public school for students considered at risk of dropping out. Cecelia Cunningham, the principal at the time, credits the program with having helped to reduce the school’s dropout rate, with having sparked a number of improvements and for making everyone in the school community — students, administration, faculty, and staff — more accountable.

The unique model of having professional journalists manage a school newspaper was covered in feature pieces on CNN and WNYC radio’s “Morning Edition.”  See the CNN video below, and click  the CNN logo for a transcript. Click on the WNYC logo to hear the radio feature.



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