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Known officially as the Scripps Howard Citywide High School Newspaper Program, the Teen Appeal was made possible by the cooperation of four entities. 


Scripps Howard Foundation

Philanthropic organization supporting journalism education in cities served by E. W. Scripps Company newspapers

As the primary sponsor, the renown Scripps Howard Foundation provided well over a million dollars in funding for the operation of the Teen Appeal  from 1997 to 2015. The Foundation also provided  several college scholarships of $1000 per year (renewable for three additional years) for students majoring or minoring in journalism. 


The Commercial Appeal

Memphis Newspaper published by the E. W. Scripps Company

The Commercial Appeal provided free publication and distribution of the Teen Appeal  to all Memphis high schools. Editorial Staff members provided instruction in the summer training camps and taught Teen Appeal  staff new media skills, assisted with the technical production aspects, and mentored former staff members in their college program.


Memphis-Shelby County Schools

Administration for Memphis-area public schools

The support of the Memphis-Shelby County School System was essential to connect students to the Teen Appeal  program, as they helped with recruiting students and pre-publication review. The high school administration also helped support the First Amendment rights of students as they reported - sometimes critically - on life at their high schools.


University of Memphis

Department of Journalism

The Department of Journalism at the University of Memphis hosted the daily work of the Teen Appeal  and its annual week-long training camp, bringing high school students to the campus to prepare them for future college life, whatever their career plans.  Thanks to the Scripps Howard Foundation's support, a full-time coordinator was hired to oversee the production of the Teen Appeal  and its coaching and mentoring activities.  The Department also championed the Teen Appeal  by seeking and managing the grants for the program.


Together, these four partners turned the Teen Appeal  from Professor Elinor Grusin's dream into a professional newspaper with the motto "Giving Truth to Memphis Youth."  It was the enthusiasm of the students who responded to their call that gave the Teen Appeal  its spirit, as thousands of students each year applied to work on the paper. Each  year, hundreds of Memphis teens would become Teen Appeal  staff members, learning about the practices and ethics of the journalism profession, media literacy, design skills, and much more.

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