Monthly Archives: October 2009

The results are in

Please Do Now:

  1. www.newsroom101.com
  2. Set 4, newsroom 31: http://newsroom101.com/NR_exercises/newsroom031.htm
  3. Report your score as a comment to this post

Today, students will:

  1. Receive final poll data from Alessia
  2. Get presentation tips from debate students
  3. Finalize presentations
  4. Rehearse presentations

Tonight’s homework is (due Wednesday):

  1. Actually do your presentation, with a rate card and ad contract.
  2. Brainstorm 5 new story ideas on your blog.
  3. Graphical layout, including center spread (Helen, Madison, Josh)
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Alessia is in charge

Please Do Now:

  1. Write three poll questions that are directly related to the business you are targeting.
  2. Submit them to Alessia

Today, students will:

  1. Editorial Staff: Final edits w/ Weiss
  2. Business Staff: Distribute polls and collect results

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Some experiences allow you to write in the first person, even in news.  Read this amazing series of articles by a NYT journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/world/asia/18hostage.html

Deadlines approaching

Please Do Now:

  1. We’re going to do mini-lessons in Newsroom101.com: http://www.newsroom101.com/NR_exercises/grammar/nouns1.htm
  2. Post your score.

Today, students will:

  1. Editors will edit – Google Docs edition.
  2. Layout will lay out
  3. Business will be busy (polling and finalizing presentations, that is)

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Final edits need to be on my desk by Friday
  2. All graphics need to be uploaded by Friday
  3. All presentations need to be presentation-ready by Thursday at the end of class

Happy Friday!

Please Do Now:

  1. www.newsroom101.com
  2. Set 3, Newsroom 26
  3. Post your score

Today, students will:

  1. Editors must finish editing (Josh and Amanda are in charge of this)
  2. Business staff (AKA everyone who is not an editor) will distribute polls  and finalize presentations – Alessia is in charge of this.
  3. Graphics and layout should fill out a HEAT request for InDesign and then be populating the pages (Helen and Madison)

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Business staff: final drafts of presentations due Tuesday
  2. Editors, Graphics and Layout: editorial meeting after school

Spotlight on Business

Please Do Now:

  1. View and answer the following SAT Writing problems: writing 6
  2. Select the correct answer and correct the error with each sentence.
  3. Submit your answers and corrections as a comment to this post.

Today, students will:

  1. Editors will be editing all period.
  2. Staff writers will review and discuss student reflections : Something I will do better next time is not to generalize so much by getting more quotes from more people. Also I learned I need to get quotes from a variety of people and not just one specific group. It takes a lot of work in scheduling appointments with people and you can’t always interview the people you like because they may be busy.
  3. Everyone will view presentations from the business team.
  4. Staff writers will select one local business to present to.
  5. Madison and Helen will be working on layout.
  6. Begin to learn the differences between news writing and features writing.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Final edits due Friday.
  2. All graphics due Friday
  3. Staff writers: Design poll questions for the company you are targeting and create a first draft of your presentation, with placeholders for information you don’t have yet. (Feel free to use this as a model: STARBUCKS III)
  4. There will be a brief editorial meeting after school Friday.

With a Little Help from my Friends

Please Do Now:

  1. Go to www.newsroom101.com
  2. Do Set 3, Newsroom 25: http://www.newsroom101.com/NR_exercises/newsroom025.htm
  3. Post your score on as a comment to this post.

Today, students will:

  1. Read Nadine and Rachel’s final draft: http://nadineg2012.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/final-draft1.doc
  2. Divide into groups and fill out peer review forms: https://weissjournalism1.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/peer-editing-form-08091.doc
  3. Print off the final draft and make line by line edits.
  4. Reconvene and create a final final draft as a group.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Write a one page reflection of how your articlewriting process went, including what you learned and what you think you still need to work on with respect to newsgathering and newswriting.
  2. Helen and Madison: Collect and arrange photos: carlosphotography6019493@live.com
  3. Editors: Brainstorm HOF issue articles and sources
  4. Business: Have final presentations ready for Wednesday’s business meeting.

Final Drafts!

Please Do Now:

  1. Newsroom101.com; Set 3, Newsroom 24
  2. http://www.newsroom101.com/NR_exercises/newsroom024.htm
  3. Post your score as a comment

Today, students will:

  1. Be reminded of Student Journalism Day at FIU, 8 AM this Saturday.  My phone number is 305-710-4925.  Please let me know if you intend to attend.
  2. Discuss peer reviews
  3. Work on final drafts
  4. Review presentations with business staff
  5. Find out where my receipt book is?

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Newbie final drafts due Monday
  2. Photo shoot sheet and dummy due Monday