Book Club: Join Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and acclaimed high school journalists to talk “Chasing the Truth”

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for a very special book club on Instagram Live! We’ll be talking about their book “Chasing the Truth: A Young Journalist’s Guide to Investigative Reporting” with rockstar high school journalists from Townsend Harris High School in New York. The Student Press Law Center will be represented by Katina Paron, journalism educator extraordinaire and author of her own book for young journalists, A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism.”

There’s still time to read the book! Find Chasing the Truth at your favorite bookseller.

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This event is part of Student Press Freedom Day 2022: Unmute Yourself! Join us for a series of events, trainings and community building opportunities designed to uplift student journalists’ voices and prepare them to fight for press freedom.

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Meet your hosts:

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are investigative reporters at the New York Times. Jodi has focused on the workplace in her reporting, and particularly the treatment of women, covered two presidential campaigns, and is the author of The Obamas. Megan has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children, and, in 2014, as a reporter with Reuters News, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Jodi and Megan shared numerous honors for breaking the Harvey Weinstein story, including a George Polk Award, and, along with colleagues, the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. They both live in Brooklyn, NY with their families. You can visit Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey online at

Julia Maciejak is a senior at Townsend Harris High School and one of the editors-in-chief of The Classic, the school’s student run newspaper. Her work with investigating educator sexual misconduct began last year when she was the managing editor and her reporting has received great recognition.

Jasmine Palma is a senior at Townsend Harris High School and one of the editors-in-chief of The Classic, the school’s student-run newspaper. She has earned recognition for her reporting on allegations of educator sexual misconduct and an investigation into the air purification units in DOE classrooms and previously was the science and technology editor when she covered the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ryan Eng is a senior at Townsend Harris High School and member of the school’s student newspaper, The Classic. In his reporting, he alongside his fellow editors-in-chief have investigated the air purifiers installed throughout their school system and the circumstances surrounding educator sexual misconduct and preventative training in schools.

Katina Paron, MJE, lives at the intersection of teens and journalism. She is the author of A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” and was a senior project editor on The Trace’s award-winning gun violence series produced by youth reporters, “Since Parkland.”  She teaches at Hunter College (NYC) and manages the Teach for Chicago Journalism program at Medill (Chicago). Find her on Twitter (@katinaparon) and Instagram (@DearTeenJournalist).

Student Press Law Center: Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has worked to support, promote and defend the First Amendment and freedom of expression rights of student journalists at the high school and college level, and the advisers who support them. Working at the intersection of law, journalism and education, SPLC runs the nation’s only free legal hotline for student journalists. We also provide training, educational resources and support the grassroots non-partisan New Voices movement, seeking state-based legislative support for student press freedom. The SPLC is an independent, non-profit 501c(3) organization based in Washington, D.C.