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News Gathering

News gathering basics

Below you will find all lessons related to news judgment and newsgathering basics in the Newsgathering module. The default table setting shows lessons in the sequence they are recommended, but you can also use the headers to sort for lessons according to the time it takes to teach the lesson, the type of lesson (direct instruction, projects, etc.), and the requirements for technology, and which lessons include modifications for special populations (gifted and talented, special education, etc.).
LessonOrderTime to teachType of lessonTech needsModifications
News judgment1More than 90 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
News gathering vocabulary245-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
Journalistic research3More than 90 minutesDirect instructionSome computers
Interviewing basics4More than 90 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
Note taking practice545-60 minutesPractice/ formativeNo computers
Digital note-taking tools experiment6More than 90 minutesAnalysis/ critique1:1 computer access
Fact finding and observation7Less than 20 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
Story pitch meetings8More than 90 minutesPair/ group workSome computers
Using social media to cultivate coverage9More than 90 minutesPair/ group workSome computers
Establishing and nurturing relationships in beat reporting10More than 90 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
News gathering basics review and test11More than 90 minutesTest/ quizzesNo computers

Interviewing skills

Below you will find all lessons related to interviewing in the Newsgathering module. The default table setting shows lessons in the sequence they are recommended, but you can also use the headers to sort for lessons according to the time it takes to teach the lesson, the type of lesson (direct instruction, projects, etc.), and the requirements for technology, and which lessons include modifications for special populations (gifted and talented, special education, etc.).
LessonOrderTime to teachType of lessonTech needsModifications
Interviewing practice145-60 minutesPractice/ formativeNo computers
Interview a pro260-90 minutesProjectsNo computers
Conducting a press conference3More than 90 minutesProjectsNo computers
Digital dictation tools445-60 minutesDirect instruction1:1 computer access
The human touch: Humans of your school5More than 90 minutesProjectsSome computer access

News gathering for specific needs

Below you will find all lessons related to specific newsgathering techniques and stories in the Newsgathering module. The default table setting shows lessons in the sequence they are recommended, but you can also use the headers to sort for lessons according to the time it takes to teach the lesson, the type of lesson (direct instruction, projects, etc.), and the requirements for technology, and which lessons include modifications for special populations (gifted and talented, special education, etc.).
LessonOrderTime to teachType of lessonTech needsModifications
Using databases1More than 90 minutesPractice/ formative1:1 computer access
Using public documents2More than 90 minutesPractice/ formative1:1 computer access
Question and answer345-60 minutesProjectsSome computer access
News gathering for a profile story4More than 90 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
News gathering for a sports story5More than 90 minutesPractice/ formativeNo computers
News gathering for the in-depth news or feature story6More than 90 minutesProjectsSome computer access

Data journalism

Below you will find all lessons related to data journalism in the Newsgathering module. The default table setting shows lessons in the sequence they are recommended, but you can also use the headers to sort for lessons according to the time it takes to teach the lesson, the type of lesson (direct instruction, projects, etc.), and the requirements for technology, and which lessons include modifications for special populations (gifted and talented, special education, etc.).
LessonOrderTime to teachType of lessonTech needsModifications
Why data literacy matters145-60 minutesPair/ group workSome computer access
Data in scholastic and professional journalism2More than 90 minutesPair/ group work1:1 computer access
Gathering data3More than 90 minutesDirect instruction1:1 computer access
Introduction to spreadsheets4More than 90 minutesPractice/ formative1:1 computer access
Using descriptive statistics to analyze data5More than 90 minutesPractice/ formative1:1 computer access
Finding stories in data660-90 minutesPractice/ formative1:1 computer access
Resources: News gathering activities7Less than 20 minutesWarm ups/ bell workSome computer access