Find a Story and Tell It: Teaching Journalistic Writing

Find a Story and Tell It: Teaching Journalistic Writing

by Marshall Grodin
Find a Story and Tell It: Teaching Journalistic Writing

Find a Story and Tell It: Teaching Journalistic Writing

by Marshall Grodin


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Learn how to effectively grab your students' attention and keep it as you turn them into strong journalistic writers. Find a Story and Tell It journeys through one teacher's successful approach to teaching students how to write well-from discovering a good lead, to conducting an effective interview, to writing a clean and concise story, to editing with purpose, and finally to publishing. You'll also learn how to navigate the potential minefields of permissions, censored topics, and privacy. This book is a testament to the fact that journalistic writing is alive and well, evolving into new mediums to reach-and be used by-21st century learners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781425806255
Publisher: Shell Educational Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2010
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

The Big Picture 12

Major Newspapers Fold 13

Newspaper Features 14

Chapter Overview 17

Chapter 1 The First Day 19

Chapter 2 Day Two and Beyond 27

Chapter 3 Building Blocks-Generating Story Ideas 31

Story #1 32

A Simple Formula 33

A Story About Change 34

A Story About Crime 39

Activity: Determining News Value 41

Chapter 4 35 Words or Less-Writing Good Leads 43

A Wordy News Lead 46

Chapter 5 She Said WHAT?-Objectivity and Fairness 51

The Music Challenge 52

Listening for Quotes 54

Activity: A Practice News Conference 55

Recording Device or Notes? 57

Objectivity and Fairness 59

Libel 62

Chapter 6 Considering Your Reader and the Consumer Angle 69

Activity: Trim the Story 70

Lack of Word Power 74

The Consumer Angle 75

Chapter 7 Surgery vs. Butchery-The Editing Paradox 79

Activity: Assemble the Story 80

Style and Copyediting 82

Chapter 8 Deep Throat is Dead-Sources 85

Anonymous Sources 87

Shield Laws 90

Off-the-Record 91

Chapter 9 Journalism and the Law 95

Tinker v. Des Moines 96

Hazelwood School District et al v. Kuhlmeier 97

Morse v. Frederick 99

Chapter 10 Editorials, Features, Reviews, and Sports (the "Other" News) 103

Editorials 103

Features 105

Reviews 109

Sports 111

Chapter 11 Statistics and Other Perils 115

Add Mathematics to Your Story 117

Chapter 12 Ethical Minefields 123

Valid Consent 124

Written Release 127

Teacher Privacy 132

Chapter 13 Administration Hassles 137

Chapter 14 Just Shoot Me-Photojournalism 143

Chapter 15 The Production Process 149

Production Cycle 153

Some Final Tips 154

Chapter 16 Upon Reflection 157

Appendices 163

A Reviews of Favorite Journalism Films 163

B The Watergate Name Game 167

C Glossary of Terms 169

D References Cited 173

E Additional Resources 175

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