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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 »

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 »

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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 »

Building a Broadcast Studio

Building a Broadcast Studio

Broadcast studios are notoriously expensive and complicated. In the last six years, I have attempted again and again to create a studio that is effective and affordable. Thanks to a $500 Lowe’s Toolbox Grant I was able to provide a professional space for video and photography (the shopping list is here). This type of grant doesn't buy everything you need, but it was a good start. First, a permanent space is needed so you don’t have to disassemble your backdrop and set up lights every time. My design could be used inside a classroom with a little work. I am fortunate I share an advanced-art studio in the school’s art department across the hallway from my classroom. The studio floor sp...  Read More »

Boehringer Named JEA’s 2017 National Broadcast Adviser of the Year

Boehringer Named JEA’s 2017 National Broadcast Adviser of the Year

Boehringer Named JEA's 2017 National Broadcast Adviser of the Year. For the full story visit HERE.

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