Wednesday, September 20, 2017

News story!

Rules for leaving the room:
    1. DO NOT abuse your privileges. One strike and you're OUT.
    2. Go to where you are supposed to, get the interview, and then come back.DO NOT wander theb
        halls. DO NOT pull your friends out to talk with them.
    3. Walk quietly in the class, wait for the teacher to acknowledge you, and then say "May I borrow BLAH BLAH for a journalism interview for a moment?"
    4. Always be polite!
    5. Record or write down their answers WORD BY WORD. Make sure they sign if you write.
    6. Interviews are ALL DUE on Wednesday, 9/28 AT BEGINNING OF HOUR
    7. Be resourceful--use lunch shift study hall, let me write you a pass to be late to another class. Can't just use the excuse "I couldn't interview my person." That doesn't cut it!

     300-400 word story
     Must include 3 quotes, from a variety of grades/gender
     Must be something that is going on in the school/world
     Must fit in one of the NEWS ELEMENTS, and you must be able to tell me why

     Check story idea with me
     Work on questions/determine who to interview/set up any appointments
     Can't leave until I've checked questions and interview assignments


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

9.19 Evaluate a News Story

We've looked at interviewing, worked on a basic story, and now it's time to look at some quality examples to model your stories from.

Go to the NSPA Story of the Year Winners 2016 and look through the finalists. Pick a story to read from the News  categories--don't read Features, Sports, Editorial, Diversity

With a partner,

  • Read the first six sentences of the article and see if you can find the 5Ws (who, what, when, where and why) and 1H (how) of the story. When you find one, write it on your Inverted Pyramid sheet.
  • Finish reading the article. As you read, jot down words or phrases that are important. 
  • At the top of the inverted pyramid, write down the 5Ws and 1H of the story. Beneath your 5Ws and 1H, vertically list the important words or phrases that you found as you read the rest of the article. List them in the order they appeared in the article.
Homework for tomorrow: Come to class with an idea for a news story!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017


Today, you will be scattering throughout the building to observe quietly and think of story ideas. 

Go quickly to your assigned area and do some observing. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What seems strange? What do you observe? BE QUIET and just observe. YOU MUST THINK OF OUR NEWS ELEMENTS FROM YESTERDAY.  WHERE DO YOU SEE ODDITY, PROXIMITY, PROMINENCE, ETC.????

Based off these observations, pay attention to those "curiosity questions" that come to your mind. Why do students keep gym bags on top of their lockers? Why is Mr. McCabe talking about the bell schedule with Mrs. Combs? Why are students wearing strange clothes?
NOW--turn those questions into story ideas!!

Take your laptop, and as you are observing and thinking, add your story ideas/questions to the correct Padlet page Each GROUP needs a minimum of 10 story ideas, and you must be back in the room by ______ Don't forget to put your name on it and the location you were assigned.

BEHAVE! If you go into a classroom, be quiet and sit in the back. Do not disturb the students or the teacher. If I hear negative comments, you will be in big trouble and be grounded to the room for future stories. 

Group One: Use THIS PADLET 
  • EGG- Elle A and Arionna
  • LMC-- Jett and Sam
  • Counseling office/Main Office-- Brooke and Chris
Group Two: Use THIS PADLET
  • Eagle Avenue-- Autumn and Mackenna
  • Cafateria--Grace and Courtney and Angelina
  • Nurse's office-- Peyton and Zac
Group Three: Use THIS PADLET
  • Fieldhouse-- Elle M and Owen 
  • Aux Gym-- Tia and Cassia
  • Learning Stairs-- Grace and Kali
  • Upstairs in new wing-- Alexis and Kylie

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday, 8.26: Semifinals

Bracket is here

1 minute Lower Seed
1 minute Higher Seed
30 Second Halftime
1 minute Lower Seed Question 
 1 Minute Higher Seed Question
30 second Lower Seed wrap up
30 second Higher Seed wrap up

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday, 8.28: Begin Court case debate!

What court case had the most impact on high school journalism?

Today's plan:

1. Check bracket here for the schedule for the week
2. Finish your Game Plan--shared through Google Classroom. Will be checked for a grade before your debate on Tuesday.
3. Make a list of your 5-6 main points
4. Make a list of your opponent's weaknesses
5. Figure out what you're going to say during your time
6. Grade for your debate is based on how prepared/organized you are, not on whether you win or lose!

Time frame for Tuesday's first round:
        1 minute Lower Seed
        1 minute Higher Seed
        30 Second Halftime
        30 Seconds Lower Seed
        30 Seconds Higher Seed
        VOTE on team who won, NOT who your friends are.

Remember--What court case had the most impact on high school journalism?-- that's the ultimate question you are trying to prove

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday, 8.22 Agenda: First Amendment

The first unit we will study is Press Freedom. We will start today with the first amendment, and study it for a couple days.

First assignment--Memorize the First Amendment.  I have cards to give you, and you MUST have it memorized by Friday, September 1. Extra credit to the person who says it first in front of the class. You are not required to say it in front of the class; you can say it to just me privately before school, in passing periods, after school, during lunch...whatever is easiest for you. So....memorize First Amendment by Friday, September1. 

Today, you will take a quiz over the First Amendment. I don't expect you to do well, especially if this is the first time you are seeing this stuff. So take the quiz here, do the best you can, and let me know when you are finished and what your score was.

Once everyone is finished, you will be divided into groups into research a few of the questions and present to the class on Wednesday as we review. 

First Amendment Quiz is on Thursday.