English, Department of


First Advisor

Stacey Waite

Second Advisor

Lauren Gatti

Third Advisor

Rachael Wendler-Shah

Date of this Version



Schmidt, Shelby. "High School Scholastic Journalism: An Empowering Force in our Polarized Democracy and Democratic Empowerment-Scholastic Journalism Curriculum." 2019.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Stacey Waite Lincoln, Nebraska July 2019

Copyright © 2019 Shelby Schmidt


Consisting of two parts, this thesis explores the way a journalism classroom can create a democratic space for students that allows them to practice social life while developing more skills in tolerance and more confidence in their agency. The second portion consists of a sample curriculum to allow more democratic empowerment in our classrooms.

Advisor: Stacey Waite