While 96% of American high schools provide some opportunity to participate in student media, only 33% of the 1,000 schools surveyed have an online component to their student publications, according to researchers.
“Not enough schools are providing students opportunities to learn about responsibly producing online media,” says Peter Bobkowski, co-author of the study.
The lack of online media may be due to lack of teachers with knowledge of the subject, a lack of resources, school administrators reluctant to give students the opportunity to use a medium that can be more controversial and reach a wider audience.
Among schools with some form of student media…
* 94% report having a yearbook
* 64% percent have newspapers
* 29% have TV programs
* 3% have radio
Researchers also found: 86% of high school papers are published as a part of a class, and not just as an extracurricular activity; and the average school without student media has a 56% minority population vs. 35% of schools with media.
CLARIFICATION: This post originally identified University of Kansas journalism professor Peter Bobkowski as author of this study. That is not correct. “This research was a project of the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University,” writes Mark Goodman of Kent State in email. “Principal investigators for the survey were Mark Goodman, Professor and Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, and Candace Perkins Bowen, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Scholastic Journalism, both from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University; and Piotr Bobkowski, Assistant Professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.”