Congratulations, Intro to Media/Journalism students! Done. Finished. Complet-o. You’re moving on.

What are some things you shared in your end-of-term reflection about taking Intro to Media/Journalism?

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So, next stop for you?

 Look in the Kennedy Program of Studies to register for Yearbook-Profile, Newsmagazine-Torch, Digital Photography, Graphic Design. The Intro to Media/Journalism is offered again in 2015-2016.

For sure! I encourage you to check out these electives. Senior student editors lead the daily class and oversee the student publications. Try them! You will love being a part of our school’s outstanding media programs. You can take journalism electives more than once. You can take them yet this year, or you can wait until your interest strike or as your time allows in a future semester.

And a quick review of what you gained, learned about, and/or put into real practice……

  • awareness of current events and news
  • media history,events and people
  • interviewing skills and approaches
  • story gathering and writing processes
  • determining and finding source types
  • understanding reasons for why news is selected as news
  • writing like a journalist
  • more story-writing processes: drafting, revising, editing
  • ways to hear and give feedback to improve others’ writing
  • photo composition and photo techniques
  • design elements and layout principles
  • writing Q/A, profiles, reviews, features, opinions, news, breaking news…
  • learning about blogs (and blogging)
  • social media, web, and print convergence
  • intro to editing and Associated Press Style
  • importance of your staff policy/editorial policies
  • learning about media/press laws and considering media ethics

See some of you Term 2 in the next step. Journalism 2 (Ybk or Nwsmg). Happy turkey break. ### Mrs. HM


Student Reflection


Each answer should be about 1-2 regular Language Arts paragraphs in length. Please take your time to be thoughtful. Add detail and examples to support your response ideas.

1)  Goal one: Be aware of current events.

Question: How’d you do? Compare your awareness of current events from the beginning to the end of the term.  How have you changed as a viewer and/or a consumer of news?

2) Goal two: Learn to be comfortable interviewing and talking with people.

Question: How’d you do? What can make interviewing people difficult? Fun? What kinds of advice can you offer students who are just starting/learning to conduct interviews? If you could go back to one of those early interviews for a ‘redo’ of it, what questions would you ask or ask differently?

3) Goal three: Learn to storytell like a journalist.

Question: How’d you do? Compare one of your class writings from the start of the term with a class writing that you completed later in the term. What are 3-4 differences that you recognize? What are some of the basic rules for writing like a journalist? Explain.

4) Goal four:  Be able to talk about why stories are selected; be able to critique media for their story and photo choices. 

Question: How’d you do? What is an example of a story in current media that you think is a good example of something that needs to be covered for the public to know? What is an example of a photograph in current media that you think is an example of a photo with excellent composition? In this answer, add a link to these and explain.

5) Goal five Understand some of the key U.S. media laws and the protections you have as a student journalist.

Question: How’d you do? How has your understanding of “freedom of speech” changed or developed as you learned more about U.S. media history and laws? What kinds of laws/ethics rule your judgment in making story decisions or photo decisions? Explain.

6) Goal six: Consider aspects of journalism/media that you might like for continuing in yearbook or newspaper and/or as a future career.

Question: How’d you do? What kind of media job would you most enjoy?  What kinds of qualities does a person need to have to enjoy and to do the job well? What do you think it would be like to work for a web site, TV station, radio station, magazine, or newspaper?

Last Question (it’s always smart to end the interview with this one…..) Any other comments you want to make? Feel free to provide feedback/suggestions/comments.

Design principles

Wednesday, 11-12-14

Today we continue learning and practicing design principles

Part 1 / Directions: Use your class text and/or notes for design term explanations

  • Go to the site: and go to Today’s  Front Pages
  • Browse and select 2 different states’ front pages
  • Design a dummy page of each front page
  • Use a full notebook page for each front page
  • Closely pay attention to all elements and standing elements
  • Label elements on your design with the appropriate terms
  • PRINT the Newseum page of each Front Page design.
  • Staple the Newseum pages to your dummy pages and hand in.



Thursday > Photojournalism

Students taking photos, practicing techniques

Framing / by Taliah

Framing / by Taliah

Angle: worm's view / by Abbie

Angle: worm’s view / by Abbie

Reptition and color / by Abby F.

Repetition and color / by Abby F.

Color / by McG

Color / by McG








Read Photojournalism chapter, p. 243.

Answer these questions in a blog post:

1  Describe the job of a photojournalist.

2  What are 3 key elements sought in taking good photographs?

3  List 4 composition techniques of photo taking and explain what they are, then find a photo online that matches/shows off one of these techniques and post to your blog.

10-29-14 Editorial Revisions

Today in class:

1.  Use your editorial (and the comments/feedback on the editorial) to polish up your final draft. If you do not have an editorial completed, then obliviously this is what you are set out to do and finish in class today.

2.  Post your revised editorial on your blog.

3.  Include a headline, The headline must have a Noun (what is story about?) + Strong Verb (something ‘doing’). Here’s an example: “Students compete in council race” or “Video game stuns players.”

4. Make sure to proofread and edit carefully. There must be no typooossszzzz. That lessens your credibility and your publication’s credibility. It is a good idea to have another classmate read through your online story so that you can make any needed corrections asap.

Generating ideas for EDITORIALS

Wednesday, 10-15-14 / Beginning Editorial Writing

Some topics of today’s class discussion included:

What is an editorial? How can these stories influence or inform people’s views?

What are  3 types of editorials? What kinds of topics can be covered?

Next step:

What’s going on in current news – local, state, national, global? In sports or politics?

In health or education?  In music or entertainment?

Your assignment: find 3-5 current news stories. List story and where you found/read it, then offer a 2-3 sentence opinion about the story. We’ll use these as discussion starters for tomorrow.


News Topic #1 > Students are taking PSATs today across the nation. I found a story on this here:

Topic 1 > My viewpoint from reading the story? I think that….


Review stories look promising….

Your stories are looking great so far — the leads, the ideas, the information. I’m excited to hear and see what you have for Monday’s class. Directions for the Review Story are below — as discussed in class — and also they are available in Canvas.


  1. We brainstormed topics — music, restaurant, store at the mall, shoes, sports event, video game, movie, television show, etc…..
  2. Remember you need to “do” or “visit” or take part in this topic to review it.
  3. Establish 3-5 key “criteria” or categories.
  4. Include Ws
  5. Include sensory details
  6. Include information you can find online. Attribute/give credit to the source of this information.
  7. Feel free to include others’ views who were with you/you talk to about this product/event.
  8. Unlike hard news story writing, it’s okay to use first-person words.
  9. Try for a review story range between 500-1000 words.
  10. When you place this story on your blog, try adding media (picture or video) to complement your story. Look above for the button “Add Media.”
  11. When you please this story on your blog, add a couple hyperlinks within the story. You could link to the store, link to the corporation, link to the movie theater, etc.
  12. Proofread and edit. Have someone else proofread and edit. Publish.