Monthly Archives: February 2009

Happy friday!

Please do now

1. Go to http://www.newsroom101.com and do problem set number 2
2. Post your score as a comment to this post

Today students will

1. Check for comments from your journalism 2 section editor
2. Conduct any outstanding reporting
3. Begin final drafts

Tonights homework is
1. Packets due Tuesday
2. Packets should include 1 final draft and 1 copy of other drafts notes and quotes and planner per story but also 1 reflection per person who contributed

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Peer Review – Writing Day

Please Do Now:

  1. Look what I found: http://www.newsroom101.com/NR_exercises/newsroom001.htm
  2. Post your final score as a comment to this post.

Today, students will:

  1. Begin to learn AP style.
  2. Conduct peer editing for writing.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Submit an additonal draft Friday.

Fact Checking and Attribution

Please Do Now:

  1. View the following audio slideshow: http://citmedia.org/accuracyvoices/index.html
  2. If you read a number or statistic quoted in another story, what do you need to do to include that number in your story?
  3. If you read a partial quote in another story, what do you need to do to include the quote in your story?
  4. Why are fact checking and attribution important to journalists?

Today, students will:

  1. Visit several fact checking websites
  2. Peer edit first drafts with the following jobs: Fact checker, attributer, Objectivist, Big Picturista

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Second drafts due Wednesday

Half Day!

Please Do Now:

  1. Go back to http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/battle-plans-for-newspapers/?hp and read the responses of Fouhy and Rodriguez.
  2. How does the following quote apply to The Beachcomber?  “Economic models? There’s no one size fits all. Advertisers seem to like Newcastlenow in affluent Westchester County but there’s not enough revenue to pay either the editors or contributors; the same is true at the Forum. In San Diego where voiceofsandiego journalists are paid, they use a modified public radio model; memberships for readers willing to contribute for first rate journalism, six figure contributions from philanthropic-minded citizens and grants from local foundations. About 10 percent of the annual $840,000 budget comes from advertisers.”
  3. And this one: “University-affiliated papers, too, may play larger roles in coverage beyond their campuses. They may become legislative watchdogs as more newspapers close their state house bureaus. Perhaps they will collaborate with seasoned professionals to do investigative and other public service journalism.
    Philanthropic groups have already stepped up to finance nonprofit reporting organizations, and some bloggers are starting to cover local news, which is increasingly ignored by bigger papers. “

Today, students will:

  1. Peer review with some combination of the following jobs: Fact checker, Attribution police, Objectivity patrol, Big Picture person.
  2. Conduct additional reporting.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. First drafts due Monday.

Reporting Day

Please Do Now:

  1. Go back to this article: http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/battle-plans-for-newspapers/?hp
  2. Read the responses by Brill and Overholser.
  3. Do you think a charge model (newsstands, subscriptions, paperboy) is viable for The Beachcomber?  Why?  What would you suggest for implementing a  pay model?
  4. Overholser tells us to scan our local media and newsreporting organizations and ask the question, “what needs are not being met? And what can my paper alone do best?”  What do you think this answer is for The Beachcomber?

Today, students will:

  1. Discuss input from J2 planner reviews.
  2. Report articles.
  3. Work on notes and quotes
  4. Begin First Drafts

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Notes and Quotes due Thursday.
  2. First Drafts due Monday.

Planning Day

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the responses of Nicholas Lemann and Joel Kramer: http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/battle-plans-for-newspapers/?hp
  2. Explain Lemann’s comment: “What’s essential right now is that we be precise about the social function we need to strengthen, and creative and non-doctrinaire about how to strengthen it.”
  3. What are some of the business models highlighted by Lemann and Kramer?  Are any of these models relevant for The Beachcomber?  How?

Today, students will:

  1. Verify all team changes.
  2. Receive feedback from section editors and alter gameplans slightly.
  3. Finalize gameplans with me.
  4. Begin planning documents.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. All planning documents are due on the Representative AND Alternate’s blog by 1 PM Friday.  You should comb these documents from the blogs of your other groupmembers.  If one group member does not post something they are responsible for, say so in your blog posts.

Free at Last!

Please Do Now:

  1. Read just the first section below up to the question: What survival strategies should these dailies adopt? If some papers don’t survive, how will readers get news about the local school board or county executive?http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/battle-plans-for-newspapers/?hp
  2. Answer the question to the best of your ability without reading the ideas in the later sections of this article.  We will use them in the coming days.
  3. The question is relevant because we currently have $1.58 in the Beachcomber account.  Newspapers all over the world are in financial trouble and we are no exception.  I want you to think of something creative and outside the box.  What can local papers do to survive?

Today, students will:

  1. Receive quarterly assignments:  http://joshd2010.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/staff-writers/
  2. Form section groups and choose J1 representatives.
  3. Self-assign group story ideas and responsibilities (Ideas from J2 here: http://joshd2010.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/j1-article-assignements/)
  4. Post J1 proposals representatives’ blogs.
  5. Tentatively divide up story responsbilities.
  6. Begin to plan reporting.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Contact your J2 editor (you’re a journalism by now – you should know how to track someone down).
  2. Obtain the following information: Phone number, email, class schedule, after school and weekend schedule. 
  3. Obtain 3 bits of “secret” information about your editor that she is not telling the other members of your group (eg she is afraid of the dark, loves rollerskating, has a tattoo, etc).
  4. Post to your blog.