How to write an effective movie review - 

Reviews are written for books, music, plays, movies and a number of other forms of "art". With this in mind, we will review, think about, discuss and ultimately write a movie review both collectively and independently. 

To get us started, let's think about the movie "Elf" that we watched together as a class. Click on the link below to get started.

Movie Review Brainstorming

How do newscasters engage their audience. Look at a few of the following clips and record strengths and techniques that you feel would be beneficial to our broadcasts. When you are done, find an example of your own to share with the class. 

How to write a sports article - Check out the following link to help guide you as you write your sports story. 
Different Sports Articles

Photojournalism - What is it and how is it different from traditional reporting?
If I had to sum up Photojournalism in a phrase, I'd say that it is a picture that conveys a complete story. Look at the two pictures below, what stories do these pictures tell? Which picture tells a complete story?

Now - read the article on Photojournalism and complete the assignment that will be handed out to you and is also on my website.


Hard News and Soft News - 

What is the difference between hard news and soft news. In a nutshell, hard news is typically an event and is written using the inverted pyramid style. 

Soft news is quite the opposite. They tend to be more detailed stories that explain and amplify a story. They are researched deeply, can be colorful, reflective and can focus on a number of topics, such as: human interest (people), how-to, historical figures or events, seasonal themes (Valentines' day, MLK's birthday etc) and behind the scenes (crocodile wrangler, prolonged violent media exposure and children). 

Take a look at the attached video to learn more about hard news and an example of a soft news story. 


Your Digital Footprint - What is it and why does it matter?

A digital footprint is the data trail left by the interactions in a digital environment; including the use of TV, mobile phone, the World Wide Web, the internet and other connected devices. Check out Mrs. Marotta's Blog for Digital Footprint examples. Mrs. Marotta's Tech Blog
To Do - Then for HW - find an article that is an example of a person's Digital Footprint gone bad! Also - in a blog post answer the following prompt. What does your digital footprint look like and what does it say about you?


What makes a good lead?

To ensure that the lead of your article hooks your readers and answers the important questions of who, what, when, where and how - take a look at the following resources to edit your article.

Good and Bad Leads

How to Write a Lead Purdue University

New York Times Article

New York Times Article 2

Welcome to my Journalism Class Blog Page! This year, in addition to working with Nashoba News and the morning announcements, you will keep a blog with school and community news, opinions, reviews and links to relative websites, stories and information!


Let's get started - Where can we find stories? Sometimes it's hard to know where to begin and who the right people are to talk to. Here is a list of places that you can go to as resources to find the story!!

Students - specific stories
Sign in front of the school - Office
Posters and flyer
School website - Dept website - the calendar
Clubs and organizations - Magic Club, knitting club, Lit mag, Green Club
Nashoba PAC, Math Club, DECA, Robotics, Drama
Find the leaders of the clubs - on websites
Facebook Groups
Student Government
Nashoba Teachers and leaders
Media Center
Local Papers
Do - now! Answer the following question on your blog? Use examples and evidence from a reputable source.

You can use a few of these sources to get you started.
The Role of Journalism

The Fate of Professional Journalism in the 21st Century

What is journalism and who are today's journalists?


Does all news matter? Listen to Kirk Citron of The Real News, speak about the news. What message is he sending? Do you think what he is saying matters? Why or why not? Be prepared to share your ideas in class.

Feature Stories are:

1. Soft news stories that are human-interest stories of one kind or another. They focus on particular people,   places or events.
2.Journalistic, researched, descriptive, colorful, thoughtful, reflective, informative, thorough writing   or videos about original ideas and perspectives.
3. Cover topics in depth, and amplify and explain the most interesting and important elements of a situation or event.
4. And can be found in newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, newsletters,  television and on-line broadcasts, and other mass media sources.
5. Is usually not late breaking news. That is usually reserved for hard news articles and broadcasts

Look at an example of a human interest Feature Story -

Video Sequencing - What is it? How can it help tell a story? Take a look at the following video and be prepared to discuss how you can use this technique with your next "video article"

Article or Video - Which should it be? Read the blog below and think about your next story. Should it be a video or a written article? What kind of story should be in the format of a video? Take notes as you read and be prepared to discuss and debate the topics and format of your next story.
 The Print Reporter's Brain
The Print Reporter's Brain
Then - check out the BRoll video - Question? What is BRoll and why is it important?

BRoll Video

Friday, October 25th - Kudos to Mrs. Allaire for setting up Career Day for the entire Nashoba community!

Here's a sample of what was going on today!

Essential question - How can we use Twitter to communicate and inform our school and the community of important events?

Let's create Twitter accounts to tweet stories that can be retweeted by our Chieftain_Chat account.

Individual Accounts?
Group or club accounts?

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