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The Journalism Salute

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The Journalism Salute is a journalism appreciation podcast. We interview journalists about who they are and what they do.The goal is to show that journalism is a great profession, that journalists are not the enemy, and that there are many great careers an aspiring journalist can pursue.Our goal is … read more


Journalism Teacher Alana Van Der Sluys On The Value of Journalism Education

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Kinnelon (NJ) High School journalism teacher Alana Van Der Sluys, who is also a vice-president of the Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA).

Alana explained the role of the GSSPA and shared her path to teaching. She described how the school’s journalism program, which has 3 classes and allows students to get college credit, works.

Alana also talked about issues that journalism teachers face, including administrators wanting a first look at stories in school media, small budgets, and limited resources. She spoke with pride about her students and gave examples of the work they’ve done in covering topics such as the election and Coronavirus.

Alana concluded by offering advice to people who are just now thinking about becoming a journalism teacher and picked an organization that she wanted to salute.

Thank you for listening. If you would like to rate and review the show, we would greatly appreciate it. You can offer us feedback by e-mail at and Twitter at @journalismsalut.

Important Links

Alana’s Twitter page

GSSPA website

Colt Chronicle (Kinnelon High School Student Newspaper) 

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