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The Journalism Salute

81 EpisodesProduced by Mark SimonWebsite

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


University of Alabama professor Meredith Cummings on teaching, touring newsrooms, and journalism for children of all ages

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by University of Alabama journalism instructor, Meredith Cummings, who also is the director of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) and the National Elementary Scholastic Press Association (NESPA).

Meredith talked about what teaching journalism to college students in a her state is like, the way she approaches her classes, and how sports has played an important role in teaching larger lessons about journalism.

She also talked about the role the Alabama Multicultural Journalism Association has played in improving newsroom diversity starting at the scholastic level. She also explained the services provided by the ASPA and NESPA and why she believe the future of journalism is bright.

We also talked about #FollowHerLede, a 10,000 mile cross-country journalism tour that Meredith did, visiting a diverse array of news organizations. Meredith also provided advice on balancing so many passion projects and listed a few journalism organizations she wanted to salute.

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National Elementary School Press Association

#FollowMyLede article

Article on high school students in a pandemic

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