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January 2008 presentation to the Culturally Responsive Teaching, Learning and Counseling Symposium, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

January 2008 presentation to the Culturally Responsive Teaching, Learning and Counseling Symposium, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

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  • Today’s teenagers are on myspace, youtube and facebook.


  • 1. Journalism Across the Curriculum:
    Build Skills and Empower Learners as Citizens
    Kim PearsonThe College of New Jersey
  • 2. Subjects you teach?
    Anyone with journalism experience? Blogging? Twittering? Virtual worlds?
    How do you use news media in your classes now?
    What ideas or questions do you have about incorporating journalism into your classwork?
    Tell me about you
  • 3. Why journalism education belongs in the Secondary School curriculum
    How journalism education can be applied across the curriculum
    Journalism education as a tool for culturally-responsive teaching
    Useful tools and techniques for your classes
    A reporting exercise
  • 4. I’m a practitioner and experimenter, not primarily a scholar, however
    Working on these issues as part of NSF “BPC” program
    Our project built on NJ Core Content Standards, which differ somewhat from Colorado’s (eg – NJ has a technology standard)
    Like you, New Jersey has the paradox of high income and high dropout rates.
    A prefatory note
  • 5. Today’s teens are already publishers!
    Weblogs, Myspace, social networking YouTube
    Mobile publishing: 82% of US has cell phones
    Immigration march organized via text msges
    However, they lack the ethical and legal grounding to use their resources responsibly
    Teen Ethics Survey: 70% of respondents say they can make ethical decisions, but 40% OK cheating to get ahead
    Mindich: Young people are turning away from the news, and that is bad for democracy.
    Why journalism education belongs in the secondary school curriculum
  • 6. And yes, today’s journalism has its faults:
  • 7. At its best, journalism is the pursuit of truth
    It is a discipline of verification
    It is inextricably linked to civic engagement
    As an educational tool, it can make abstract ideas concrete
    Interactive journalism lends itself to students of varied learning styles
    Journalism as a tool for culturally responsive teaching
  • 8. School sports: writing, math
    Market basket : basic economics
    Surveys and polls
    Editorial articles and cartoons [must be based on informed opinion]
    Some examples
  • 9. Ethics
    Basic media law
    Media literacy
    Technological literacy
    Journalism can also be used to teach:
  • 10. Check out this blend of narration, sound and image that elevates what could have been a routine story into a memorable slice of life
    New York Times’ Polling Place Photo Project
    Anatomy of a news story: Images
  • 11. What’s news? Mitch Stephens and Jerry Lanson say newsworthiness depends upon:
    Impacteffect on the audience
    Weight its value with respect to other facts or events
    ControversyArguments, debates, charges, countercharges, and fights
    Emotionhuman interests that touch our emotions
    The UnusualWhen a dog bites a man it's not news. But when a man bites a dog, it is news. (Old journalistic cliche)
    ProminenceMore prominent individuals are given more attention
    Proximitythe closer to home the better
    TimelinessEmphasize what is new
    CurrencyTake into account what is on people's minds
    UsefulnessHelp the audience answer questions and solve problems in their daily lives
    Educational ValueMake readers more knowledgeable rather than merely informed
    Journalism basics
  • 12. Interactive means: user actions affect information presentation
    Might be linear, non-linear, multilinear
    Hypertext, social media have removed the authority of the journalist as gatekeeper
    Because of social media, newsgathering is now about stimulating conversation and community, not just about publishing information
    Leadership is about guiding conversation
    Interactive Journalism basics
  • 13. Lede – with the five Ws
    Ring in the New Laws
    Delayed lede that asks a question, newspeg in second sentence
    This article is a survey of new laws, so it continues with a series of examples and quotes that illustrate impact
    Succeeding paragraphs provide detail
    This is a kind of news feature, so there is closure in the last graf that ties the news story to a civics lesson
    Anatomy of a news story: Print
  • 14. Breaking news
    Knowledge management
    NOT just personal diaries
    Tools: Blogs as Journalism
  • 15. Ning.com: Ad-free for K-12
  • 16. Twitter: a tool for collaborative reporting and writing
  • 17. Scratch
  • 18. Teen Second Life
  • 19. Join Ning
    Create twitter accounts and follow me
    Story assignment – crowdsourcing
    Team reporting on assignment
    Blog your lede
    Post links to Twitter
    A reporting exercise
  • 20. Questions?
    Thank you!