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1) Students will learn about effective and responsible news gathering strategies.
2) The various parts of a news story will be identified and explained.
3) Students will learn how to prepare for and conduct interviews.
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Study Guide Answers
"The basics of newswriting are covered for student reporters in these two brief, clearly organized programs that deal with all of the essential elements of newswriting in a straightforward, simple way. Part 1 includes evaluating the news, gathering news, and preparing to write. Part 2 gets into specific kinds of newspaper writing - news, stories, features, columns, editorials, headlines and captions - and ends with some of the pitfalls that journalists should avoid. Each section is clearly introduced by a male narrator as the topic appears written on the screen. All terms and specifics, such as the 5 W's and H and the ten important elements that contribute to mass appeal, are printed on the screen and defined, making it easy for students to take notes. High school students are shown actually participating in all of the activities mentioned, such as interviewing, word processing, and using research tools on the Web. Fast, repetitious background music with a strong beat is used throughout the video, bringing to mind the fast pace of today's information network. It is difficult to understand why these two very brief segments were divided onto two videotapes, especially since both begin exactly the same way, with an overview of the subject and flashing images of the many kinds of news that might be of interest to student reporters. Perhaps teachers will be able to use the separate videos to supplement their instruction more easily this way. However, where journalism is taught, all of the information presented here will probably serve more as an overview. A teacher's guide on the producer's web site (www.edvidnet.net) will help schools decide if these videos would be a worthwhile purchase."
SOURCE: School Library Journal, April 2000 Issue
AUTHOR: Marilyn Higgins, Metuchen High School, NJ
Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal Copyright ©
By Cahners Business Information
A Division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
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