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Character Ed should link in lessons on Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship

Character Ed should link in lessons on Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship

The need for Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship in school curriculums cannot be denied. However, I have a radical proposal. Can we emphasize in those lessons themes that include kindness and respect for others? Just a few weeks ago, I saw two prime examples of why incorporating Character Education traits into our lesson plans is a must. Example #1: One of my broadcast students, Jade, was working out with her boyfriend at a local gym. Unbeknownst to her, a complete stranger took photos o...

Journalists’ Creed gets an updated look – download!

Journalists’ Creed gets an updated look – download!

The Missouri School of Journalism just redesigned the print presentation of The Journalist’s Creed. Please feel free to download here, share this, make copies, hang it as posters, etc. Walter Williams’ words are timeless!...

Beyoncé and Black History: Get in Formation

Beyoncé and Black History: Get in Formation

On Feb. 6, 2016, Beyoncé released "Formation," a surprise new single and music video. The next day, she performed the song during the Super Bowl halftime show. The music video itself featured stunning imagery of southern African American pride, and included painful imagery as well, including Katrina floodwaters, an empty swimming pool and police in riot gear facing a young African American boy dancing (with the words "stop shooting us" written on a wall). The Super Bowl performance featured dan...

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Three Hours Recharges Your Program

Three Hours Recharges Your Program

I have heard of teachers who have had a lot of success with three-day or five-day boot camps, workshops, etc. with their incoming staffs preparing for the new year through ice breaker games, skill building and work exercises. Those are, I’m sure, spectacular for many schools. However, multi-day events don’t work for everyone. These days, there’s more and more that fills a student’s summer:  traveling athletic teams, youth camps, debate competitions, summer school consuming June, family vacations, working summer jobs – the list just goes on and on. A few years ago, I found myself asking my producer and editors, “Do you have one day, just one day to give to journalism?” Appare...

Teaching All the President’s Men to a New Generation

In my news writing course, much of our focus is on interviewing, grammar and AP style. It's more of a skill-and-drill class than any of my other courses, and I sometimes struggle with stimulating or maintaining student passion about the discipline (much more so than, for example, Diversity in the Media, or my other courses that focus on critical analysis via Socratic seminar). Since news writing is a gateway course to higher-level journalism courses, the rigor and focus on skills is important. However, this semester I integrated more historical perspectives and current commentary about the news media to highlight the dire importance of the profession. Resources ranging from the Annenberg C...

First Winners in First Amendment Contest Announced

First Winners in First Amendment Contest Announced

East Central College in Union, Mo., and SchoolJournalism.org are excited to announce the winners of our First Amendment Matters PSA Contest. We received entries from all over the United States and selecting the honorees was not an easy task. The judge said: "My judging was focused on the students having a clear understanding of the First Amendment and not providing a blanket ‘right,’ but that the rights afforded to us are specifically about these freedoms not being infringed upon by the government. I also looked for creativity at conveying that message.” Honorable Mention: "Five Freedoms" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CISKyGPS8Uk&feature=youtu.be Washington High School in Washington, Missouri Produced by Cassidy Lesire, Emma Hilsabeck, and Emily Pull Adul...

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