Conducting Research, Reporting and Interviewing

This week we’re going to focus a little more on conducting quality interviews for your in-class articles. Many of you have already begun branching out on your own and have conducted a few interviews of students around campus already – now we’re going to discuss just how to interview correctly, how to get the best interview possible, and how to be transparent in your interview process.

Please watch the lecture below for our notes over interviewing. I will expect you guys to be able to:

• Understand how to find a variety of interview subjects appropriate for stories

• Prepare questions that will gain effective source responses for basic facts, context and emotion

• Conduct an interview with confidence

• Identify key ethical concerns about interviewing, including use of confidential sources and on and off the record information


Click here to watch our lecture over interviewing and reporting.

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Teams and Publication Schedule

This week we will begin writing and publishing our articles on the journalism website,

You have all done a wonderful job working together to learn the basics of Journalism, and giving feedback on the website design and template. Now its time to start working together in your teams and posting your updates!

Please click here to access the entire team packet from class.

Remember, all assignments are due by the end of class on the day noted in the schedule. Failure to do so will result in 10pts being deducted from the assignment! News needs to be shared in a timely manner, and you only have one major assignment a week – so lets make sure we’re on time!


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How to generate story ideas.

breakingnewsNow that we’ve covered ‘what is news’ and ‘how do I report the news ethically’, we can begin to examine just how to generate story ideas.

“According the, the story is the currency of journalism. Generating them is at the heart of what journalism does. Without story ideas, we have no content. Even in today’s media atmosphere with newsrooms aggregating content, the idea of what a story is has to come from somewhere. Most original stories that the media produces are the result observation of data, incidents, trends or statements. What they have in common is they started as an idea.”

As you brainstorm, map and research your story topics in this class you must always remember our AUDIENCE. The students (teenagers) of HCHS – what type of stories are they interested? What type of stories do they need to hear? How should we present these stories to them in a way that is interesting and engaging? Consider these questions as you work on your first articles this week, and please review our lecture notes before your test! 🙂

Click here to review our lecture notes.

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Journalistic Integrity and Ethics – Bias and Reliability

Over the last week we have been examining current events in class and discussing not only ‘what is news’ but ‘how do we report the news ethically’? You have all done an amazing job analyzing news articles for bias and reliability – remember, as a journalist your job is to report the news – and only the facts of the news – in a manner that is accurate and reliable. Make sure you actively proofread your articles to ‘catch’ any opinion or biased connotative language that might accidentally make it into your writing before publishing.


In addition to discussing bias and reliability in the news, we also examined the code of ethics for Journalist, and what is means to make ethical decisions as a journalist. These notes are very important to this class and all of your assignments in this class – not just your test.  Please be sure to review our notes and lecture over Journalism Ethics below, as I will expect your to practice this ethical behavior in class each and every day.

Click here to review our lecture notes over Ethics in Journalism. 

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The Eight Traits of Newsworthy Stories

In class we have been discussing the question ‘What is news?’, and you have all posed very insightful answers and discussions to this question. As we move forward and you begin reporting on and writing your own news stories, it is important that you check each of your ideas with our 8 step checklist of ‘newsworthiness’.

Remember, a story can be interesting, but not news-worthy. A story can be impactful, but not news-worthy. It must meet all 8 of the requirements in order to be deemed ‘news-worthy’, and worth your time and effort to report on. Please review the video below for our notes over ‘What is News’?

Click here to watch the lecture.


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