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The Lead is a weekly newsletter providing resources and connections for student journalists in both college and high school. Subscribe here and read more background here. Starting in April 2020, The Lead is produced in partnership with The Poynter Institute.

Contact Taylor Blatchford, who writes the newsletter, at or @blatchfordtr on Twitter.

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UPDATE: Read issues from the newsletter archive here.

It’s not hard to find examples of the impact of student journalism.

A principal in Pittsburg, Kansas, resigned after high school journalists uncovered discrepancies in her qualifications. Missouri audited the number of sexual assault evidence kits across the state after a student reporter exposed a backlog of untested evidence. Students in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, discovered that complaints against high school teachers were hidden in students’ files.

But to do this great work, student journalists face a lot of unique challenges, like pushback from administrators and authorities, a lack of funds and resources, and simply doing journalism while also being a student. …


Taylor Blatchford

Reporting + engagement + journalism education. I write The Lead, a newsletter for student journalists:

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