Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Week 13 - 11/30/2015

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break!  Here's the new agenda.

And here is the new Student Journalism Rights and Ethics assignment, due Jan. 7.

Weeks 10, 11, & 12 - 11/2/2015,11/9/2015, and 11/16/2015

Looking backward once again, this was the agenda we were marching to in the week of 11/2/2015.


And here is a sample ad script you might use as you sell ads to local businesses.


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This is the agenda for the week of 11/9/2015.


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This is the agenda for the week of 11/16/2015.

And here's a link to the latest Knight Life, 13.3

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Weeks 8 & 9 - 10/19/2015 and 10/26/2015

Here's what last week's agenda looked like, in case you have some reason to go back and relive all the fun we were planning.  I think most of the fun really happened in Mr. Giessler's multi-media studio.  Wish I had been there all three days.  Be sure to thank him!

What you really need now is the agenda for the week of 10/26/2015.

Other things you may need this week:


Remember, the first article is due by Friday, the 30th.

The second article is due by Friday, Nov. 5th.

All ad sales should be done by Friday, Nov. 5th.

Our MIDTERM is on Wed., Nov. 3rd.  More on that anon.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Weeks 6 and 7 - 10/5/2015 and 10/13/2015

Better late than never?  I've never heard those words in the newsroom.
Nonetheless, here is the agenda for the week of 10/5/2015

We passed out a description of the basic editorial positions and a flow chart to show how they fit in.

On Thursday we interviewed Cam Place.  All Journalism 1 students are writing a double-spaced draft of that press conference.

On Friday we analyzed review articles.  There is no Review Analysis Worksheet, but you should:
  • Identify the reviewer's name, publication, date of review
  • Verify that the article is a critical review, not a preview or other type of entertainment news.
  • Identify what genre of art or product is being reviewed.
  • Note if the stars/characters/participants/directors are identified and discussed.
  • Note if the reviewer describes the details of the media used. (Is it innovative, artistic, cliché, etc.?)
  • Note if the reviewer expresses the critical opinion clearly. 
  • Record any particularly colorful or expressive language the reviewer uses.
  • Note if the reviewer sways you to want (or not want) to watch/hear/read/buy the item reviewed.
  • Note if you found the review interesting or not.
  • Record anything else of note about the review, especially if you have questions or we should copy (or avoid) some aspect of the review.


And then there is the agenda for the week of 10/13/2015.

We're still cleaning up our interviews from the past weeks, as well as making our way through the readings below.  The final three are for this week:

By Friday, you should have completed two analyses of editorials.  Note how much of the column is spent on informing the reader.  How much is devoted to the expression of a biased opinion?


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 5 - 9/28/2015

We're heading into the end of boot camp.  Soon we'll be writing real articles intended for publication.  Hang in there!  First, a little more practice.

Here's the agenda for the week of 9/28/2015.

Later this week I may be able to post the Structure of an Interview worksheet (about George Washington) on this blog.  It's not in digital format yet.

Some of the readings I'll be assigning later in the week are linked below:

Keep your eyes out for the next update.  And be ready to have some fun.  The Martian Homecoming press conference is just around the corner!  Friday or Monday, at this point.

    ~ Mr. Lang

Monday, September 21, 2015

Week 4 - 9/21/2015

Boot camp isn't quite over.  Here's what's up this week:

Agenda for week of 9/21/2015

See the previous entries for news analysis forms, AP style guidelines, and the like.


Enjoy the extra snooze on Wednesday!

       ~ Mr. Lang