CTE Media Matters


Journalism is a fundamental part of a democracy.


High school students across the country are learning the skills of scholastic journalism.  Some of these programs have been adapted and renamed under the category of Career Technical Education (CTE) media.  The skills and the experience are the same, but the name and framework celebrate the value of what is being learned.  This site provides resources for students, parents, teachers and administrators to learn the benefits and opportunities available through CTE. 

Use this site to help you find your way to success.  

Parents/Students – Look at the value of CTE in the About CTE page, watch Alumni testimonials from programs across the country.  Also learn from Experts about the importance of CTE media classes. Under resources, explore Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment to find out more about this awesome opportunity.

Administrators & Teachers – Learn how to become a CTE program under About CTE, and how to take advantage of Dual Enrollment under the Resources tab.  Then visit the directory and map page to see what is happening across the country.  Explore Experts in the industry as well as Alumni Testimonials.

If you have other questions, let John Dent know so he can get some answers for you.  [email protected]

John Dent is a media adviser at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, CA. He started his career teaching math in 2002, but quickly moved into the media realm, starting an after school video class in his first year. In 2004, the video production class became a daily news show for the school community.

As the program advanced, John saw the synergy between the news show and the school’s yearbook, taking over the publication in 2008-2009. After meeting with yearbook legends like Jim Jordan and Carrie Faust at the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association conference in Anaheim California, Dent realized that both his programs were guiding students through the world of scholastic journalism, but he needed more to be able to support them. Therefore, he enrolled in Kent State’s Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication program with the hopes of improving his teaching and understanding of media.

The program provided real-world, hands-on and invaluable experiences that he applied into the daily operations of both programs. It was this program that helped Dent realize the Career Technical Education connection and the immediate implications that the lessons he learned in the masters program were often taught the next day or next month, and the students saw a tremendous growth in their understanding of journalism.

Each course that Dent completed helped to move the bar for his students and his program, and in 2018 he successfully applied for and won a $3 million grant from the state of California to build a media building on campus. Opening in fall 2022, the new facility will house as many as 600 media students per year. These students will experience at least one media class and will continue to grow the journalism experience on the campus and in the community.