NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Journalism Theme Page
Below are other CLN pages which can supplement the study of journalism.
Clip Art Theme Page
Current Events Theme Page
Curricular Resources in Writing
Educational Resources in Media Literacy/Studies
English Grammar and Style Theme Page
Instructional Materials in Writing
Plagiarism Theme Page
Publish Your Creative Works On-Line Theme Page
General Journalism Resources
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Journalism. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our AskEric
Lesson Plans: Journalism
About half a dozen lesson plans from the Eric data base.
of the High School Press
Select from over 15 categories of newspaper/yearbook features and then
see samples of student work showcased by the National Scholastic Press Assocation.
Caution: the samples are posted as images and you'll be able to discern the
basic layout but specific text sections may be difficult to read.
The American Society of Newspaper Editors offers various articles for students
interested in a career in journalism including advice on choosing a school
and planning your college career, tips on landing your first job, and what
life is like in a small newspaper.
Over 30 case studies in Media Management and Sales from the School of Journalism
at the University of Missouri. Many of the issues that these address would
be suitable for high school students.
Journalism Teachers Only
There are plenty of valuable resources throughout this large and comprehensive
site - some on their own site and some via links to other sites. Tips, advice,
free handouts, articles... your only problem will be getting a handle on all
that's available. Teachers - don't miss this site!
of the Press vs. Prior Review
A lesson plan for high school students in which they engage in a webquest
researching the dilemma of censorship/freedom of the press for high school
Intended primarily for professional journalists, this Detroit Free Press
site has dozens of training articles and ideas on reporting, writing, computer-assisted
journalism and other related topics. Student should find most of these articles
valuable, if nothing more than for gaining an awareness of the issues and
challenges of journalism. Within this index, there's a section with about
ten articles specially designed for students. See also the separate section
on their web site titled Journalism
Rocks: High School for additional resources (with some redundancy) for
of Journalism Ethics Cases
The Indiana University's School of Journalism has posted over 170 case
studies/articles within 13 categories. Teachers using these articles could
raise a variety of ethical problems faced by journalists for high school students
News Council Determinations
The Minnesota News Council addresses citizen complaints against the media
by holding hearings and then reporting its "determinations" as indexed on
this page. These reports can serve as useful educational tools since they
address journalistics issues such as advertising policy, anonymous sources,
conflicts of interest, editorials, political coverage, racism/sexism/stereotyping,
In this lesson plan for middle school students, they perform a successful
interview, take and transcribe notes, use appropriate and powerful words that
fit the tone of the paper and the level of the audience, write clear and concisely,
organize thoughts and information according to a news writing style, and communicate
meaning through the written word.
York Times Learning Network: Journalism
Over 15 lesson plans in which grade 6-12 students use a New York Times
article as a starting point to learn more about journalistic issues.
A Matter Of Opinion
Tutorials for journalism students on how to write opinion pieces including
editorials, commentary and columns, and editorial cartoons. There's also a
tutorial on persuasive writing in general. For teachers, there's a teacher's
guide complete with assessment tools, a collection of lesson ideas, 2 case
studies, and a bulletin board for the exchange of ideas.
SchoolNet News (SNN)
SNN is a national online journalism program for Canadian K-12 students
who submit stories (including images) about whatever interests them (usually
200-800 words) for publication on the web in the SNN monthly issue. Online
resources for students include: an Assignment Desk for students looking for
ideas; a Reporter's Toolbook with tips and tricks from professionals for interviewing,
researching, and writing; and, a mentorship program in which students can
be paired with professional journalists. There are also resources for teachers
- classroom activities, assignments and projects, tips on learning history
through media, and guidelines for collaboration (it's possible for your students
to collaborate with other students in Canada). And, of course, there are all
the issues of the News that you can read.
of Professional Journalism
This site contains a three lesson Internet based course. Lessons 2 & 3
are protected by id/password and require a $15 (U.S.) fee. However, Lesson
1 on the Art of News Reporting is free and covers Reporting a Speech, Press
Conference Savvy, TV Interviews - Beyond the "Sound Bites", Preparing for
Interviews, Initiating a Story, The Old "Inverted Pyramid" - Still Essential,
and The "Feature Story".
A teaching unit composed of 10 lessons in which intermediate students create
their own newspaper.
Another teaching unit where students create a newspaper. This one is intended
for students from upper intermediate to high school grades, has two lesson
plans, and publishes the newspaper electronically.
Members of the Journalism Education Association will answer questions you
might have about journalism teaching and/or provide sample lessons and project
ideas. This page also has links to a sample Style Guide and a sample set of
Ideas for Journalism Educators
Three articles with ideas for writing/journalism teachers.
for Journalism Teachers at the Middle School Level
Advice on how a teacher can help students discover a story, discover an
angle, find information and create leads.
TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "journalism"
will produce a number of hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these
lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson
objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the
lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the
lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the
tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
Middle school students can access the "NEWSROOM" to find articles on the
history of journalism, famous journalists and photojournalists, career opportunities
in journalism, researching tips, advice from journalists on how to improve
their writing, and learning to use a journal. There are also links to news
organizations, libraries, and student publications. Teacher resources can
be found in the EDITOR'S DESK and include: curriculum materials, lesson descriptions,
task cards, graphic organizers, and checklists. Collaboration with other students
and teachers is made possible through their "NEWSSTAND".
Virtual Library: Journalism
A large metalist of links to journalism sites on the web.
Individual School Papers
Yahoo has identified over 125 school newspapers on the web.
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