August 31st, 2011 • 1. Syllabus • 2. Newspaper Analysis
Newspaper Analysis • TITLE • AUTHOR: give the author's full name; if there is no author given, indicate if the article is an editorial or from a foreign news source. Is the author connected in some way to the issue being discussed? Is the newspaper or news organization affiliated with people who want to project a particular point of view (like a company or a political party)? Does the author's political affiliations conflict with the integrity of the story? • NEWSPAPER: the full name of the newspaper from which the article is taken • DATE: the day the article appeared in the newspaper • SUBJECT: the overall topic that the article is describing, for example, "Toronto's Bid for the Olympic Games" or "Recycling". • THESIS: identify what the article is proving or arguing about the issue. Is it trying to convince readers to take a side? If so what opinion is it encouraging?
Newspaper Analysis cont’d • Why did the writer write the article?Is the purpose to inform the public? Is the purpose to ridicule someone or something? Maybe the purpose is to create fear? Or maybe the author wants to create controversy and sell more papers? • How might other people view the article?Are there stereotypes in the article about people of a different gender, race, social class, or religion? Would anyone be offended by what the author wrote about?
Where do you stand? • Assume you are the editor of the student newspaper. Discuss whether you would say yes or no as to whether or not you would run the story.
The school is capping the attendance of students at 5 days a semester. • A student was assaulted in the restroom at your school. • An article containing "profane" words. • An editorial saying the principal is incompetent and should be fired. • An editorial calling for a one-day boycott of classes. • An article rating the teachers from best to worst.
A review of an NC-17 or R rated movie. • An article rating the hottest seniors of 2012. • The acting in the school play was very poor. • A student was suspended for drinking at a school dance. • Someone stole money from the school store. • An article about a student committing suicide. • An article about teachers who cannot control their classes.
Boot Camp Notes 2011-2012
What is news? • Anything printable • An account of an event, or a fact or an opinion that interests people • A presentation of current events in newspapers, magazines, periodicals, radio, or television • Anything that enough people want to read is news, provided it meets the standards of “good taste” and isn’t libelous.
What is news? • Accurate and timely intelligence of happenings, discoveries, opinions, and matter of any sort that affects or interest the readers. • The first rough draft of history. • The study of people.
What makes news news? • Proximity: This has to do with location. If the event is happening close by, it will have a greater impact on your reader. • Timeliness: If something is happening NOW, it has more impact than something that happened yesterday or last week. Often, the most recent development in a story can be used as a feature.
What makes news news? • Prominence: This has to do with how well known the people in your story are. If the person or persons are well known to your readers, the story will impact them more than a story involving people they do not know. • Conflict: Readers have an interest in disagreements, arguments, fights, and rivalries.
What makes news news? • Novelty: If something is unusual, people want to know what and why it happened. • Human Interest: If a situation makes you angry, sad, happy, or overjoyed, it contains the element of human interest.
News or Not News? • The temperature reaches 90 degrees in May. • A senior misses her first day of school since the first grade. • Three new homes are being built in the community. • A start athlete becomes ineligible to play because of poor grades. • A record number of citizens applied for United States citizenship this past year. • A student is absent from school for three days. • The basketball team loses its 6th consecutive game.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 • Bell Ringer: What does inverted pyramid mean when used in newspaper writing? • Agenda: • 1. Share stories • 2. Computer Lab • Type stories in Publisher, add a picture, send to Mrs. Wagaman (still ashumway).
Review for Quiz 9/19 • 5 W’s & H Criteria for News • By-line -Proximity • Inverted Pyramid -Timeliness • Lead -Prominence • Libel - Conflict • Quotation -Novelty • Sans Serif & Serif - Human Interest • Slander • LT-QT-QT • Transitions • Attribution
Sample Questions: • 1.In what way(s) are you different from other members of your family? • 2.In what way(s) are you different from your friends? • 3.If you had to make a video of yourself, what would you be doing in it? Why? • 4.What’s the greatest accomplishment in your life so far? • 5.What’s the biggest danger you’ve ever faced? 6.What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? • 7.In what ways are you strange, eccentric, or mysterious? • 8.Describe something that has happened to you that would fit into a novel.
October 11, 2011 • Turn in test • Share bio stories • Share police stories • Brainstorming Meeting - turn in story idea sheets at end
October 12, 2011 • Finish Brainstorming Meeting • What angle are you going to take on this story? • What pictures/art will we need? • Deadlines: see wikispace/edmodo
www.edmodo.com/wagaman11 • Login or sign up for Edmodo • Group Code – g46erx
October 12, 2011 Suggestions for Work Time: • Do a rough outline of each story. • Think about: • what outside information are you going to need? • Who can I get this information from? • Interviews – Develop a list of questions and arrange an interview time – double check with Mrs. Wagaman before heading out. • Be sure to print/save Weekly Timesheet – due Friday 10/14
Questions to Decide if It’s Done • 1. Does the lead pull the reader in? • 2. Does the piece say what I want it to say? • 3. Does the ending grow out of the piece or is it tacked on? • 4. What is my favorite part? Why? • 5. What is my least favorite part? Why? • 6. What would I like to write more about, either in this piece or another? • 7. Can I cut words, phrases, ideas? • 8. Is there a better lead buried in the piece? • 9. Does the piece flow?
2/20 - Analyzing “social media” articles • What/which social media is mentioned in the story? • Is it used in a positive or negative way? • If online article - is there a Facebook, twitter, etc. button to ‘share’? • What key terms are used that would be unfamiliar to non social media users?
SHS Technology Policy Project • Two short video clips to intro • http://emergentbydesign.com/2009/11/24/75-resources-educator-guide-for-integrating-social-media/
Brainstorming Meeting • Challenges for Issue # 4 • Everyone is going to be an Editor • Everyone is to take a picture to go along with their article • We have new cameras!! • Interviewees should be someone not in class
Politics and Media Unit • Studying the influence of media on politics and the shape of news. • Study current political shenanigans. • Analyze the effect of political cartoons in shaping the narrative of an election.
Trayvon Martin Case • The facts: 17 year old African American male shot and killed in Sandford, Florida by 28 year old George Zimmerman. • The spin? • Examine the way the story is presented by different newspapers around the country and world. • Examine the way the story is presented by CNN and Fox News. • Examine the way the story is presented by blog writers. • Examine the way The Daily Show presents the story.