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This Just In


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

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This Just In

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