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Journalism Education Fellowship Program provides tuition-free, graduate-level course for teachers

mq1N.C. Scholastic Media Association will offer a short-term summer course for teachers and journalism/media advisers. Please help us spread the word.

Journalism teachers and publication/media advisers can receive three hours of graduate credit — for free. JOMC 491, “Teaching Online News in the Secondary School,” will be offered July 6-12. The course will be taught in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Current journalism teachers and publication/online media advisers — and those who may soon find themselves teaching journalism —  are encouraged to apply.

NCSMA’s Journalism Education Fellowship Program allows teachers to enroll in a short-term summer course. N.C. journalism teachers and media advisers can apply for free in-state tuition, free lodging and free books on a first-come, first-served basis. (These fellowships are valued at $1,230 each.)

The course in teaching online news will be taught by Professor Ryan Thornburg, online news faculty at UNC-CH.

The course will cover online publishing technologies, search engine optimization, writing for the Web, WordPress basics, using social media for news, designing and hosting a site, video and audio basics and more.

NCSMA offers this free in-state tuition opportunity through its NCSMA Teacher Fellows Program. To inquire about fellowships covering tuition, residence hall accommodations and books, contact Monica Hill at 1-888-562-6276 or Act soon. Fellowship applications must be postmarked by May 15.

N.C. Scholastic Media Association also invites teachers and students across the state to the annual Summer Institute, June 16-19 at UNC-Chapel Hill. For registration information, go

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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