I cut my teeth at the Proconian, the student newspaper at Chapel Hill High School. While reporting there, I was tapped to write a weekly update on campus activities for the local paper, The Chapel Hill News. I was hooked and here I am a zillion years later still plying the trade, even if not for a local paper because, sadly, we don't have one in my community. But that's a topic for another day.

This is Scholastic Journalism Week (#SJW2022), a time to celebrate student reporters and editors. I'm all in.

This year's theme is #AmplifyingVoices to encourage students to amplify their voices and the voices that may be unheard.

These are topics I've I've been presenting about at the National High School Journalism Conference for several years.

This is by far my most popular presentation at the NHSJC and with adult audiences. It outlines an easy-to-follow process to sketch out and write more effective persuasive and opinion content.
This deck helps student editors and journalism advisors understand the value of a diverse newsroom and shares tips on how to create one.
This deck explains why source diversity is important and shares tactics professional reporters use to cultivate diverse sources for their reporting.

How we amplify new voices at The Word Factory

We endeavor to walk our talk. Here are two ways we do it:

  1. It's not 'too difficult' to find diverse vendors and suppliers
  2. Content marketing tips for Celebrate Diversity Month

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