Course Map for Journalism

Mrs. Judy Zone

Course #

 

Month

Content

Skills

Assessment

August-

September

Orientation to newspaper format

Examination of student newspapers (this activity continues throughout the year)

Goal setting for the year

Orientation to staff organization

Familiarization with job descriptions of various staffers

Orientation to different kinds of newspaper stories

Interviewing techniques

Handling quotes fairly and accurately

Production of first issue

Identificatin of the various parts of a newspaper

Development of the concept of "audience appeal"

Ability to brainstorm and select appropriate sources and questions for a newspaper story

Ability to ask questions of a source, take notes on the answers, ask follow-up questions

Continuing skills:

1. Critical analysis and evaluation of student and professional publications according to the standards of good writing

2. Develop skills to be a critical consumer of news

3. Application of standards of good writing to writing various kinds of newspaper articles

 

 

Continuing assessments:

1. Class discussion

2. Response sheets

3. Analysis assignments

4. Reading quizzes

5. Graded writing assignments including articles for the paper

October

Hard news style

Video "Mediawatch"

Print "Mediawatch"

Class critique of first issue

Production of second issue

Application and analysis of the elements of hard news style

Critical analysis/evaluation of TV news magazine stories

Continuing skills (see above)

"Mediawatch" notebook

Presentations on TV and print news and feature stories

Continuing assessments (see above)

November

Feature stories

Personality features

Print "Mediawatch"

Class critique of second issue

Production of third issue

Understanding, application, and analysis of the elements of good feature and personality story writing

Continuing skills (see above)

Personality feature

"Mediawatch" notebook

Continuing assessments (see above)

December

In-depth reporting

Presentation on own and professionally produced in-depth reports

Print "Mediawatch"

class critique of third issue

Production of fourth issue

Develop concept of "indepth report"

Develop research skills on internet, in the community

Continue to hone interviewing skills, writing skills (involving synthesis of material from many different sources)

Public speaking skills including organization of a presentation

Continuing skills (see above)

Indepth report

"Mediawatch" notebook

Graded class presentation

Continuing assessments (see above)

January

Editorials and editorial cartoons

Presentation on an editorial cartoon

Print "Mediawatch"

class critique of fourth issue

Production of fifth issue

Analysis of editorial pages of professional newspapers

Understanding of the elements of a good editorial

Research to develop an editorial on a topic of the studentís choosing

Public speaking skills including organization of a presentation

Continuing skills (see above)

Graded writing assignment: Editorial

Graded class presentation

"Mediawatch" notebook

Continuing assessments (see above)

 

February

Humorous columns

Reviews

Sportswriting

Print "Mediawatch"

class critique of fifth issue

Production of sixth issue

Understanding of, analysis of, and application of the elements of good humorous columns, reviews, sports stories

Continuing skills (see above)

 

Graded assignment: Humorous column, review, sports story

"Mediawatch" notebook

Continuing assessments (see above)

March

History of the media and responsibilities of the press

Guest speakers

Print "Mediawatch"

Critique of sixth issue

Production of seventh issue

Critical thinking skills

Analysis of present media trends in light of historical events

Continuing skills (see above)

"Mediawatch" notebook

Continuing assessments (see above)

April

Current issues in journalism

Guest speakers

Research paper

Class presentation on a current issues in journalism topic

Critique of seventh issue

Production of eighth issue

 

Critical thinking skills

Research skills

Research paper writing skills

Public speaking skills including organization of a presentation

Continuing skills (see above)

Graded research paper

Graded presentation

"Mediawatch" notebook

Continuing assessments (see above)

May-June

Broadcast journalism

Guest speakers

Field trips to local TV news station and local newspaper

Analysis of a local TV news stationís broadcasts

Paper and presentation on local TV station

Critique of eighth issue

Production of ninth issue

Understanding of basic production of TV news show

Understanding of local market competition in TV news and TV news "image" marketing

Critical analysis and evaluation skills

Public speaking skills including organization of a presentation

Continuing skills (see above)

Graded class presentation and paper on a local TV station

Continuing assessments (see above)