Unit 1: How to Write Stellar News Stories
Understand the different types of stories that make up journalistic writing.
Identify the elements of news stories and replicate them.
Structure a news story based on the journalistic outline.
Plan and write a news story that fits the criteria for one of the types discussed in the unit.
Unit 2: Researching Your Story Wisely and Well
Understand the role of research in journalism.
Identify the difference between fact checking and knowledge-based journalism.
Distinguish between a primary and secondary source and a credible and not credible source.
Create a strategy for finding the information you need.
Use key words and search engines/databases to find information.
Unit 3: Using Personal and Observational Sources
Identify the differences between observational and personal sources.
Understand how to find and cultivate good-quality sources.
Create effective interview questions and conduct interviews well.
Use source material to create compelling stories.
Unit 4: Preparing Posts for Publication
Understand the writing process and how it relates to journalism and writing under a deadline.
Work step by step through a piece of writing to revise for content and edit for clarity and concision.
Explore the role of an editor.
Learn the meaning of proofreader marks used for noting grammatical errors and style.
Identify and revise common grammatical and writing errors.
Use attribution successfully in writing and understand the purpose behind it.
Unit 5: Understanding the Publication Process
Understand the steps of creating the content of a newspaper or news broadcast.
Identify the parts of a news broadcast—including packages, teases, art, and segments—and learn how to create them.
Identify the four parts of a newspaper layout—headlines, text, art, and captions/cutlines—and tips to create them well.
Apply this knowledge to create your own miniature version of a news broadcast or newspaper.
Unit 6: The Changing Environment of Journalism
Discuss how technology is changing the scope of journalism.
Explore how consumer habits are changing journalism.
Understand the change in demographics of those consuming news stories.
Analyze the impact that technology, consumer habits, and demographics have on the future of journalism.
Unit 7: Data and Journalism
Explain what data journalism is and why it is important.
Discuss how a data journalist uses data to tell a story.
Understand the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in journalism.
Describe the ethical implications of AI in journalism.
Unit 8: Careers in Journalism
Identify the education and work experience needed to become a journalist.
Discuss how to create a writing portfolio.
Explore types of employers that hire journalists and the jobs they provide.
Discover opportunities in journalistic niches.