Scholastic Journalism Week Is February 17-23
NCTE INBOX 2-12-13
Sponsored by the Journalism Education Association, Scholastic Journalism Week (February 17-23, 2013) gives us the opportunity to celebrate the work of journalism students within our classrooms and to make our school communities more aware of the work our students are doing. The following links from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org provide resources on working with journalism students and other students as they write with an authentic audience in mind.
The ReadWriteThink.org Printing Press is a great way to support students in writing for authentic purposes. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and fliers announcing class events.
Social action literacy projects provide opportunities for students and teachers to address English language arts standards while speaking out for social change and addressing an authentic audience. Read more in "Activists and Writers: Student Expression in a Social Action Literacy Project."
As teens spend more time online, we may ask how our language arts curricula can help them become savvy technology users. Two teachers describe their experience in "Finding Our Way: Eighth Graders Explore Social Networking Sites."
Intended for middle and high school teachers, Go Public! Encouraging Student Writers to Publish offers specific writing ideas and classroom activities to help students develop the confidence and ability to publish in a wide market.
"Jumping into Journalism: Help with School Publications" provides suggestions, strategies, and tips for teachers who take on a supplemental role on a school publication.
"Using Journalism Writing to Improve College Composition" details a first-year college composition course that blends journalism instruction with first-year composition and describes how students learn about news gathering and news writing techniques common to feature writing and then complete a profile writing project.
Drawn from a longitudinal ethnographic study, "From Journals to Journalism: Tracing Trajectories of Literate Development" links one undergraduate's extracurricular journaling to her school writing and her emerging identity as a journalist.
Mike Rose encourages teachers to think and write like journalists about what they see and do in their classrooms. He thinks teachers' voices need to be a part of the public discussion of education as he explains in "Observing Classrooms: What Journalists and Teachers Might Have in Common."
All members of the Journalism Education Association are also members of NCTE's Assembly for Advisers of Student Publications/Journalism Education Association (AASP/JEA). The Assembly serves advisers of student media, such as newspapers, yearbooks, websites, literary magazines, radio, and video, by supporting free and responsible scholastic journalism and providing resources and educational opportunities.
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