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Give it up for teachers

In journalism on 14 Apr 2011 at 3:04 pm

Let’s hope there is some journalism osmosis in the air. Someone I once met has won a prestigious award from Columbia University.

Palo Alto (Calif.) High School journalism and English teacher Esther Wojcicki has received an “excellence in teaching” award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Charles O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching is named for a director and benefactor of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and signifies “stellar achievement in the teaching of student journalists,” according to the association and the Palo Alto Weekly newspaper story announcing the prize.

The Palo Alto High School journalism program defies description. There are many college newspaper Web sites that can’t compete with this. The school was also recently named one of three Journalism Education Association First Amendment Press Freedom Award winners for its commitment to student free speech.

In the newspaper story, Wojcicki summed up perfectly the importance of journalism in our schools and notes that it is a perfect blend of disciplines.

“I see journalism as an integration of all the curriculum — English, social studies, writing skills and more,” she told Chris Kenrick of the Palo Alto Weekly.

“It teaches you to get along with your peer group, makes you responsible, teaches you about the business world because you have to go out and get ads,” she said. “There’s no other subject that prepares you as effectively to be a functioning adult in a democratic society, if it’s taught properly, in a way that students are actually trusted.”


  1. I loved hearing about the University newspapers….right on

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