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Encouraging Lightbulb Moments:  ‘Single Stories’ and the Lack of Diversity in the Media

Encouraging Lightbulb Moments: ‘Single Stories’ and the Lack of Diversity in the Media

When we ask students to critically analyze texts and ideas, the most powerful moments often occur when they flip on the lightbulbs themselves--not when we do it for them. Students will look sheepish when they admit they get their news from Facebook headlines; they know--at least on some level--they need to be more critical in their news consumption. "Where do you get your information, and how do you know you can trust it?" are critical questions for us to be asking our students and ourselves. ...  Read More »

Making News Literacy a Trending Topic

Making News Literacy a Trending Topic

United States Media Literacy Week - Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016   When asked, teenagers--high-schoolers and college students alike--will typically say that if they feel connected to the news at all, it's through sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat. They will often say that they read the headlines and don't click on the articles. There is much to be concerned about in this scenario, but we as educators should take this opportunity to elevate the critical importance of news lite...  Read More »

Plan now for Constitution Day: Teach the First Amendment

Teachers can prepare now to teach the First Amendment as part of Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with the materials and ideas below. Many teachers incorporate First Amendment instruction into their curriculum on a weekly basis by using news articles to discuss First Amendment issues. In Peter Paccone’s classroom, every Monday is “First Amendment Monday.” The San Marino High School social studies teacher encourages students in his U.S. government classes to look for news stories and editorials...  Read More »

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Advice for our Students

Advice for our Students

Here are some tips from four professionals for students interested in pursing a career in print, broadcast, or radio. Feel free to share these tips with your students: “I'd say my best advice for those wanting to get into the profession comes from my old news director atKOMU, Stacey Woelfel. I was constantly nervous about live shots or covering hard stories. He told me to ‘be fearless’ and that's always stuck with me. In journalism, you're constantly thrust into uncomfortable situations whether it's talking to a murder victim's family or holding a public official accountable. You need to muster up the confidence and remember who you're doing this for: the viewer. You never know how ...  Read More »

Giving our audience their money’s worth with little money

Giving our audience their money’s worth with little money

I’ve taught the novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for the past nine years in my creative writing class. One of the most powerful quotes from the book, is from the character Randle Patrick McMurphy, when he says, “But, I tried though.” Often when I teach my journalism class, I think of this quote. My students and I have been trying and trying and trying again.  We try to provide quality journalism coverage on a small budget to our school community. At times, we fail in our pursuit. We fail at staying objective, sticking with the format for the specified article, and not stumbling over our words for a newscast. We fail and that’s okay, because we keep trying again and again,...  Read More »

Making News Literacy a Trending Topic

Making News Literacy a Trending Topic

United States Media Literacy Week - Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016   When asked, teenagers--high-schoolers and college students alike--will typically say that if they feel connected to the news at all, it's through sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat. They will often say that they read the headlines and don't click on the articles. There is much to be concerned about in this scenario, but we as educators should take this opportunity to elevate the critical importance of news literacy in the classroom and beyond. When students admit to relying on social media platforms for their news and even then just by perusing the headlines, they often do so with embarrassment in their ...  Read More »

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