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Mark Goodman

Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio


Mark Goodman is the Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism concentrating on First Amendment awareness and civic education.


Professor Goodman is a lawyer and was the executive director of the Student Press Law Center for 22 years where he helped advise student journalists and advisers about legal rights and responsibilities.

Grant Background

The chair will develop and share innovative teaching, be a leader crusading for First Amendment awareness and civic education, the use of news in classrooms and the creation of student media, building a strong Center for Scholastic Media and encouraging diverse students to pursue journalism careers. A significant web presence will help the chair reach journalists across all media. The chair is expected to collaborate widely, including with the Knight Foundation grantees working in this area. Ultimately, this chair should help strengthen student media by improving high school journalism education.

Recent Activities

Hosted a weekend retreat of a distinguished group of national high school journalism educators that result in the first update in a decade (and the first ever that had an online component) of the Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society’s book, Principal’s Guide to Scholastic Journalism ( The book is the only resource specifically for school administrators about the oversight and support of a scholastic journalism program.

Continued to promote the results of the Scholastic Journalism Census and began second stage of it. The results provided the most detailed and definitive picture of the state of scholastic media in American public high schools and the follow up will show how the scholastic media has changed over the course of two years.

Presented for the fifth year the Courage in Student Journalism Awards, the most prominent national recognition of high school journalists and their administrators and advisers who have shown outstanding support for the free press rights of teen journalists in the face of difficulty and resistance. The award was presented at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association National Convention in each November.

 Name one experiment or idea (a tool, an approach, a book) in journalism, journalism education or media innovation that is “out there” -- pushing the frontier. Why do you think that project is interesting? Add detail if you plan to incorporate it in your teaching ?   

I wish that there were more ebooks out there like Eric Newton’s new Searchlights and Sunglasses. It’s an interactive, engaging content-rich resource focusing on the future of journalism that draws students into the ongoing debate. I’ll be using it in our master’s degree program for high school journalism educators and I know those teachers will in turn use it in their classrooms.

 Many student journalism projects are read by few people in the target community and have little impact. How should that change? Should students engage with the community to understand its information needs before doing their journalism ?

“Audience first” should be the mantra of every university project that involves students in content creation. Who are we producing for? How are we reaching them? Are we meeting their needs and seeking their feedback? Too many programs put a focus on audience as a last priority or leave it out of the equation all together. The strongest programs teach students the importance of “audience first,” build in a mechanism for consistent audience input and feedback and allow for updates of the project based on the information gathered.