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Finding Local Story Ideas

September 4, 2013
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Traci Peugh North Medford High School Medford, Oregon I. Overview Gathering story ideas in a five-minute walk around school and analyzing those ideas to be sure they have the qualities of good news writing. II. Rationale Students need to come up with their own, unique story ideas. Doing this will help av...

Day 1 Story Ideas lesson

June 14, 2016
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Prepared by: Jami Williams, Mexico High School, Mexico, Missouri TARGET Students will understand how to find story ideas and develop them for an audience EDUCATION METHODS PowerPoint Brainstorming session Creation of a survey to determine audience OBJECTIVES Level 1 (Basic) understanding of...

Story Ideas Training

March 15, 2016
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About this Lesson The story is the currency of journalism. Generating them is at the heart of what journalism does. Without story ideas, we have no content. Even in today’s media atmosphere with newsrooms aggregating content, the idea of what a story is has to come from somewhere. Most original stories...

Story Ideas Lesson Plans

February 17, 2016
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ASNE lessons created for use with the Story Ideas Training Module Day 1 Story Ideas lesson Story Ideas PowerPoint - Day 1 Day 2 Story Ideas lesson Story Ideas PowerPoint - Day 2 Funnel Graphic Organizer Day 3 Story Ideas lesson Maestro Graphic Organizer Beyond Maestro Question Sheet &nb...

Advice and ideas abound at new online meeting place for journalism advisers

August 28, 2015
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ASNE Chat is picking up speed as the new meeting place for journalism advisers from around the country to gather, ask questions and share ideas. Administered by the American Society of News Editors’ Youth Journalism Initiative, the forum features discussions divided by topic, and anyone can join for...

Generating Feature Ideas

September 4, 2013
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Elinore Kaplan Queens High School for the Sciences at York College Jamaica, New York Unit Overview and Rationale While it is easy enough to teach students to recognize feature stories, and to motivate students to write stories about given feature story subjects, it is essential that we to help student...

Developing Story Ideas

September 4, 2013
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C. Dow Tate Hillcrest High School Dallas, Texas The ultimate goal: Developing specific and feasible story ideas. Objectives Teach news value judging criteria. Students need basic questioning strategies to help them determine if their thoughts make a good story idea. The first questi...

Three Hours Recharges Your Program

Three Hours Recharges Your Program

Christina Geabhart, MJE, journalism adviser at Oak Park High School, KC, Mo.
July 10, 2017
Filed under Lesson Plans, Recent News, Training

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...

Teaching All the President’s Men to a New Generation

Leigh Kolb, English and Journalism Instructor at East Central College
May 31, 2017
Filed under Civics, Lesson Plans, Recent News, Training, Writing

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 co...

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

Leigh Kolb, English and Journalism Instructor at East Central College
December 5, 2016
Filed under Lesson Plans, News & Media Literacy, News & Media Literacy Corner, Writing

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 t...