Monthly Archives: August 2008

News Stories

Please Do Now:

  1. Please read the following excerpt from The Manual: In Depth News Stories
  2. Identify 3 facts within the author’s reporting.
  3. Identify 3 opinions within the author’s reporting.
  4. List all of the sources the reporter consulted in the reporting of this article.
  5. Explain how the author integrates fact an opinion within the article.

Today, students will:

  1. Check your last post for my comments – if you have no comment, it is because I can’t find your post (or you didn’t do one) – please see me.
  2. Learn how to use a news planner.
  3. Plan their first news articles of the year.
  4. Begin reporting their first articles.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Read the following excerpt and come to class ready to work a beat: How to work beats
  2. Fill out a news planner and upload it to your blog by Wednesday.

News Values

Please Do Now:

  1. Think of a really interesting article you have read.
  2. What makes this story interesting?  List as many qualities as you  can think of.

Today, students will:

  1. Understand the 8 News Values
  2. Review your story ideas in light of the 8 news values.  For each story idea you proposed, answer the eight questions in your head.  Make a chart ON YOUR OWN BLOG.  Identify the three stories that have the most news value.
  3. Become familiar with the Planning and Prewrite forms

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Take your three most promising story ideas and write each one up as a formal one-paragraph story proposal.  ON YOUR OWN BLOG, Explain what the story idea is, predict how many news values the story would include, and spell out the sources you expect to consult.

A New Week

Please Do Now:

    1. Open a new window in Internet Explorer and login to using your username and password.
    2. Read the following article:
    3. Write the “Who, What, Where, When, Why and How” of this article as a comment to this post.  EXAMPLE: Who – Mr. Weiss; What- Journalism Class; Where – Room 356; When – Period 8; Why – To write the school newspaper; How – By learning how to use and learning how to write proper articles.
    4. Write a one sentence summary of the article in your comment (Do NOT use the phrase “This article is/was about…”)

Today, students will:

  1. Hand in your confirmation email printouts.
  2. Get your voice recorders and phones checked off.
  3. Learn the 5 W’s and an H.
  4. Learn to use wordpress blogs
  5. Configure your wordpress blog: wordpress configuration instructions
  6. Set up your blogroll: Blogroll Setup
  7. Share Name-A-Grams and profiles.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Follow the instructions for posting your blog photo: Pictures Setup
  2. Complete any outstanding information on your social network profile (or help your parents)
  3. Read the following article:
  4. Post the 5 W’s and an H to your own blog tonight.

Welcome Back!

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Stories are everywhere!  Think like a journalist: How many stories have you seen since the first day of school?

Please Do Now:

  1. On a blank sheet of paper, brainstorm at least 5 things that have happened (or are happening) since school started that you think other students at MBSH would want to read about. 
  2. What makes these stories interesting for people at MBSH?

Today students will:

  1. Review policies and prodecures of Journalism I: Reminder to buy a voice recorder ASAP!
  2. Share Name-A-Grams and Journalism profiles.
  3. Learn to post photos to this site.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Purchase a voice recorder by Monday (preferably a digital one with a USB connection)
  2. If you haven’t yet, comment back to yesterday’s post with your Name-A-Gram.
  3. Point your browser to and click on the green “Sign Up Now!” button
  4. Select a username and password. Your username should be your first name and the first letter of your last name, follower by the year you will graduate from Miami Beach Senior High. EXAMPLE: JohnD2010. You will have to give me your password, so make it something different from other passwords you use.
  5. Enter your email address.
  6. Click on the “Legal Flotsam” and “Gimme a blog!” boxes and move to the next page.
  7. Leave the blog domain field as it is. The blog title should reflect your username. EXAMPLE: JohnD2010’s Weblog. Make sure the language is set to “en-English” and that the “Privacy” box is checked.
  8. Click on the “Signup>>” button.
  9. Open the email you will use for this class
  10. Print out your confirmation email and bring it to class tomorrow
  11. Make sure you and your parent are signed up on the Beachcombers Unite social network.
  12. Please make sure you and your parents have a clear photo uploaded, and that you use your full names, so I know who is related to whom  (and memorize your names faster)!
  13. Make sure you and your parent are signed up for the “Latest Events” email list under the IMPORTANT: SIGN UP! header (I checked it – it works from outside the school)
  14. Make sure you are signed up on the Journalism I group and your parent is signed up on the Parents group.
  15. Make sure you have electronically signed the syllabus on this blog, and that your parent has electronically signed the syllabus inside the Parents group.

Welcome to Journalism I

Welcome to Mr. Weiss’ Journalism I class. Please, silently take your seat at a computer according to the seating chart.

Please Do Now:

  1. Log onto your computer (username and password are 7201student)
  2. Open Internet Explorer and point your browser to
  3. Make a “Name-A-Gram” for yourself in the comment box and post the comment.



N Nasty,

D Dastardly

Y Yankee

W Who

E Excels

I In

S Scaring

S Students

Today, students will:

  1. Learn to navigate a weblog
  2. Review the course syllabus to learn the policies and procedures of Journalism I

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Electronically sign the syllabus by posting your full name and today’s date as a comment to the syllabus page
  2. Get a valid personal email address (Free email accounts are available at
  3. Get your parent a valid personal email address
  4. Point your browser to (Beachcombers Unite)
  5. Click on the “Sign Up” link in the upper-righthand column and follow the instructions to complete your profile.  Please answer all of the questions.
  6. Click on the “Invite” tab of Beachcombers Unite.
  7. Enter the email address of at least one parent / guardian
  8. Upload a photo of yourself to your Beachcombers Unite profile
  9. Subscribe to Latest Events by email by clicking the link under “IMPORTANT: SIGN UP!” and following the instructions
  10. Help your parent sign up for Beachcombers Unite
  11. Help your parent upload a photo and answer the required profile questions
  12. Help your parent join the “parents” group
  13. Help your parent e-sign the syllabus
  14. Help your parent subscribe to Latest Events by email by clicking the link under “IMPORTANT: SIGN UP!” and following the instructions