Send Bear River High School students to the National Journalism Convention

Editor’s note: We were glad to make a donation. The website for donations is HERE.

The Story
Hello, my name is Christina Levinson. I’m the journalism teacher at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, Ca. When I was hired, all that was left of the shelved journalism program was a stack of dusty, yellowed newspapers. Over the last two years, a scrappy, hard-working group of Bear River students revived the journalism program. They rebooted the old school newspaper, The Current, into a digital-only news site. View The Current here:

The Current’s staff of student journalists are doing a phenomenal job. My students utilize interview skills, critical thinking, and face deadlines without fear. They create editorial cartoons and strive to be bold photojournalists. A team of editors steers school coverage, everything from controversial topics to uplifting stories of Bruin pride. They discuss opposing viewpoints with respect and evidence. Real journalism lives again at BRHS.

But my students need your help. The National High School Journalism Convention, sponsored by JEA/NSPA, is being held in San Francisco in April 2018. It’s a 4-day convention, essentially the Super Bowl of high school journalism. The location changes annually — this is one of the few times BRHS could participate so close to home. Also, I have a strong core of 2nd-year Journalism students who will undoubtedly perform well and be truly impacted by this experience.
Learn more by reviewing the event brochure and visiting the convention’s website.
Click here to see a breakdown of our costs.

Our issue is cost. Most of my students are unable to pay for this unforgettable experience. Our fledgling program has no funds, so I’m asking for your help. If you value journalism and the 1st Amendment, this is your chance to act on it. Please donate to our group. My students are bright, ready and eager for the challenge. They are worthy of your gift. They won’t let you down.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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