Interscholastic Online News Network

The Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN) is an association of high school news websites, teachers, administrators and professionals who seek to help scholastic journalism improve in today’s converged environment. A main purpose of the association is to encourage the startup of news websites at high schools and middle schools.

ISONN is a part of the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN).

Any individual or organization that shares in the beliefs and goals of ISONN may join this organization. There are no fees for joining at any level.

Member sites of ISONN agree to share their originally produced content with other member sites and also agree to give appropriate credit to the originating site.

The Intercollegiate Online News Network was begun at the University of Tennessee in 2008 and held the first of its annual conferences in January 2009.


Any high school website, teacher, class, program or high school may join the Interscholastic Online News Network.

Those who wish to start a news website for their class or school may do so through ISONN’s JeffersonNet content management system. ISONN will create and host the site for free.

Members are also able to participate in the ISONN NewsStream, the news service of the Interscholastic Online News Network/

There are no membership dues or fees.


The map below show the location of current ISONN member websites.

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Mission statement

The Intercollegiate Online News Network (which includes the Interscholastic Online News Network) is a set of individuals, academic programs and professional organizations dedicated connecting student web journalists and campus news websites and to advancing education in web and online journalism.

One goal of ICONN is to foster and encourage good journalism and high standards of journalism education through campus news web sites where students are free to learn, experiment, fail and succeed in constructing the future of journalism.

We want to assist faculty and journalism programs as they make the shift in their curricula from heavy or exclusive emphasis on traditional news media to the emerging online environments in which journalism is increasingly being practiced.

We seek to be inclusive and supportive, believing that no individual or group has all the answers or all the good ideas. We believe the future holds great promise and exciting opportunities for all who will embrace it.

ICONN is an organization dedicated to free expression and the rights and ideals embodied by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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