The project gives priority to schools with large minority populations and to schools with large numbers of students who qualify for the federal reduced-and-free lunch program.
RTDNF established HSBJ in 2003 with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The mission was to develop and nurture electronic journalism programs and promote First Amendment education in high schools across the country. Today, this work continues -with a special emphasis on multimedia - through the continued support of the Knight Foundation and other partners.
In addition to providing small seed gran ts to help build and continue broadcast journalism programs, HSBJ offers support and advice on other fundraising initiatives. We also establish partnerships between schools and professional broadcast organizations, creating in many cases productive, long-term relationships.
HSBJ offers teachers teaching curriculum, online training courses and other support materials. We also sponsor workshops dedicated to production skills, classroom management and journalism excellence. We advocate on behalf of teachers and offer a private, supportive forum where new and veteran teachers can receive input and advice on issues related to broadcast journalism.
To support students, HSBJ sponsors contests that encourage interest in broadcast journalism and First Amendment issues, provides information about student workshops and scholarships and arranges professional broadcasters to lead workshop sessions on topics such as writing, reporting, videography, podcasting and journalism ethics. HSBJ also features an online forum that allows students to share ideas with peers.