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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...  Read More »

New Year’s Resolution: Consume a Healthier News Diet

New Year’s Resolution: Consume a Healthier News Diet

Resolving to eat healthier is a common new year's resolution. Moving away from the holiday gluttony of dips and roasts and cookies can be difficult--after all, in our society, it's fast, cheap and easy (not to mention addictive) to feed our cravings for junk. While many of us will resolve to try to slow down and make better food choices, so also must we resolve to drastically improve our news media diets while teaching and encouraging our students to do the same. It's quick and easy to read headlines...  Read More »

Fake News Making Headlines Nationwide

Fake News Making Headlines Nationwide

How do we help our students? Try these links: ~ What is Fake News? How to spot it and what you can do to stop it.  ~ Making News Literacy a Trending Topic ~ Reliable Sources Lesson Plan ~ 7 Reasons to Include Current Events in Your Lessons ~ What Comes Between Fake News and Students? Educators!  ~ Fake or Real? How to Self-Check the News and Get the Facts...  Read More »

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Application for the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop 2017 ready to go

Application for the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop 2017 ready to go

MUJW is excited to announce the application for the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop 2017 is available. We are in the process of changing the format of the workshop and will be offering a unique opportunity for student journalists to explore many facets of journalism.  Attached you will find the information and instructions for applying for selection to the 2017 workshop held at the Missouri School of Journalism on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. Our mission for MUJW is to help aspiring high school student journalists in developing an understanding of the importance of diversity in news coverage and in the newsrooms of America. This hands on, interactive worksh...  Read More »

Elections and Marches Provide a Sense of Journalistic Purpose

Elections and Marches Provide a Sense of Journalistic Purpose

East Central College has held multiple events related to the election to draw in students and promote participation in government. The library, for example, held a session about fact checking during the presidential debates. About a week before the election, Plumage Media produced a special edition of our print newspaper, The Cornerstone, which focused entirely on the election and social issues. Additionally, the inauguration was shown in the theatre for students and staff. Plumage Media staff members, including our adviser, and myself participated in the St. Louis Women’s March. I took several photographs at the march and we plan on including a photo spread along with an article explaining...  Read More »

Lesson Learned: Check Your Default Images

Lesson Learned: Check Your Default Images

The community that is served by our high school newspaper in Rolla, Missouri has buried five alumni in the past two months because of heroin overdose. Most of those students graduated from the high school in 2012 and 2013. Back in 2011, a reporter for our school publication, ECHO, recognized students who were enticed by the drug and reported the growing problem of heroin use in our community in our school publication. The staff opted to publish the story both in print and online.The 2011 reporter, in mourning after the most recent loss, went to the school’s online publication, www.rhsecho.com, and shared the archived story from 2011 on Facebook. She shared the story around 11:30 on Monday night. When I woke up on Tuesday morning, her post and the attac...  Read More »

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