Projects

21st Century Journalism Project

The world of journalism is constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of their readers or viewers. As members of this world, it is important to recognize how different parts of journalism function and how we interpret this information. So now it is your turn to be a 21st century journalist at the forefront of your field! Choose one of the options below to research, create, and present.

Broadcast Journalism

With YouTube and television, broadcast journalism through video is a large part of how we get our information. Create a 3-5 minute video where you use video journalism to report on an issue, an event, or another matter. You can use the YouTube video editor to edit your film. When you present it to the class, your film should be neat and well done and you should be able to explain why you chose this topic and how your broadcast reports it.

Comedic Journalism

One of the most controversial forms of journalism, comedic journalism focuses on delivering news with a twist of satire or humor. With shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, more and more people are getting their news through comedic sources like these. For this option, create a 3-5 minute sketch where you take on the role of a comedic journalist. You can report more than one story and riff on it all you want, but they MUST be real events happening right now. Write a script, incorporate pictures and music, be as creative as possible! You will present it live in front of the class.

Digital Journalism

Blogging has become a popular form of communication about a variety of subjects. Join the digital age and create your own journalism blog. Your blog should contain a purpose and have a central theme to it. Write three posts about this theme and remember to cite your sources! At the presentation, read one of your posts (or an excerpt) and explain the purpose of your blog and your posts.

Graphic Journalism

Different from photojournalism, graphic journalism uses infographics and comics to bring issues or events to light. Using www.piktochart.com, create an infographic based on an issue or topic you want to report on. Your work should be clean, neat, well-developed, and backed up with plenty of research into your topic. When you present your creation, explain it to the class and tell us why you chose that topic and where your information came from.

Photojournalism

Photojournalism allows journalists to report on a range of events using a set of photographs and brief captions or even just titles. As a photojournalist, take 4-6 pictures that help you to tell a story. Using www.fotoflexer.com, you will edit your photos and then write 3-4 descriptive sentences about each photo and how they fit into the story as a whole. When you present to the class, explain the story in your photos and tell us how each shot contributes to it and what the story means for you.

FAQs

Q: What if I don’t have a camera phone to record video or sound?

A: You can use one of our cameras or borrow your friend’s camera phone and upload your video from there. If you are really struggling with your technology needs, let me know and we can try to find another platform to use. That is the beauty of technology and the internet!

Q: What if I want to do something different?

A: If you have another idea than something listed or you aren’t sure if what you want to do will work, first ask yourself if you can still accomplish your learning objectives with the journalism project you have in mind. If you think you can, then ask away and I’ll let you know if it is acceptable or not.

Q: Where can I find my rubric and project information?

A: In Google Drive! I will email everyone a link to the rubric and the assignment sheet, so if you come to class and can’t remember what all you need or you can’t remember what the rubric says, all you need to do is log in to Google Drive.

Q: Can some of my classmates be in my project?

A: Absolutely! That would be great for broadcast journalism, comedic journalism, or photojournalism. However, each person must complete their own project. This means that if you are in your friend’s video, that will not count as your own project. You will still have to make your own unique project.

Q: Can I report on anything?

A: Anything that is school-appropriate and can be backed up is fair game.

Q: Do I need to cite my sources?

A: ALWAYS. You MUST cite your sources! Check your rubric for more details!

Q: What if the technology isn’t working and I can’t do the work?

A: The projects are designed so that even on a day that Google fails us, you will still have things you can work on! Technology not working is not an excuse for not working on the project at all.

So What Can I Do?

I can distinguish the difference between different types of journalism.

I can produce and publish work using modern technology.

I can recognize journalism in a variety of formats.

Broadcast Journalism

What Do I Need:

  • An edited video between 3-5 minutes
  • A hook to pull in the viewer
  • At least one story in your video
  • Two resources per story you report on
  • The who, what, where, when, and why of your stories
  • A closing for the video
  • Explanation of your project, your stories, and why you chose these stories and the medium.
Fantastique! (5) Very Good (4) Almost There (2) Not Quite (1)
Hook You gave an intriguing hook to your video and your stories. Viewers would want to continue watching. You gave a hook to your video and your stories. You gave a hook to either your video or your stories. You gave a weak hook to your video and your stories.
Story You have at least one story and stories all answer the 5 W’s clearly. These are stories that are current and interesting. You have at least one story and stories all answer the 5 W’s clearly. You have at least one story and stories answer only 3-4 of the 5 W’s. You have at least one story but your story only answers one to two of the 5 W’s
Resources

You had all of your required resources and integrated them very well into your project.

You had all of your required resources and integrated them into your project.

You were missing one of your required resources or barely integrated them into your project.

You were missing more than one of your required resources or did not integrate them into your project.

Closing You gave a strong and creative conclusion to your stories and your video as a whole. You gave a conclusion to both your stories and your video as a whole. You gave a conclusion to either your stories or your video as a whole. You gave a weak conclusion to your stories and your video as a whole.
Explanations You explained your project very well and answered the questions needed. Your answers were clear, in depth, and hit all the points. You explained your project and your answers made sense. You answered all of the questions. You explained your project but needed some prompting or didn’t answer one of the questions. You didn’t really explain your project or have answers to the questions.
Creativity Your project was very creative and used the technology and your information in an innovative way. Your project is creative and entirely your own. It uses your technology and information in an interesting way. Your project is creative for the most part. It makes use of the technology. Your project is not very creative or does not make use of the technology available to you.
Video Your video is creative, clear, easy to watch, and makes use of sound, photos, or another added effects. Your video is creative, clear, and easy to watch. Effort is apparent. Your video is not always clear or easy to watch. Effort with the video is partly there. Your video is not clear or easy to watch. Effort with the video is minimal.
Presentation You were engaging, made plenty of eye contact, spoke clearly, and gave an exciting presentation! You spoke clearly, made eye contact, and did not just read off of your page when you presented. You either did not speak clearly, did not make eye contact, or just read off of your page when you presented. You were hard to understand, not engaging, did not make eye contact, and/or just read from the page.
Neatness Your video is edited so you can be heard clearly and there are no sections throughout the footage that should not be there. Your video is edited so you can be heard clearly and overall presents a clear video that makes sense. Your video is unedited but can still be understood. The language in the video is not always clear or appropriate. Your video cannot be understood. The language in the video is not clear or appropriate.
Work in Lab In the lab, you were always on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were usually on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were sometimes on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were rarely on target and rarely working on your project.

Total: ___________/50

Comedic Journalism

What Do I Need?

  • A live presentation between 3-5 minutes
  • A hook to pull in the viewer
  • At least one story in your report
  • Two resources per story you report on
  • The who, what, where, when, and why of your stories
  • A closing
  • Explanation of your project, your stories, and why you chose these stories and the medium.
Fantastique! (5) Very Good (4) Almost There (2) Not Quite (1)
Hook You gave an intriguing hook to your performance and your stories. Viewers would want to continue watching. You gave a hook to your performance and your stories. You gave a hook to either your performance or your stories. You gave a weak hook to your performance and your stories.
Story You have at least one story and stories all answer the 5 W’s clearly. These are stories that are current and interesting. You have at least one story and stories all answer the 5 W’s clearly. You have at least one story and stories answer only 3-4 of the 5 W’s. You have at least one story but your story only answers one to two of the 5 W’s
Resources You had all of your required resources and integrated them very well into your project. You had all of your required resources and integrated them into your project. You were missing one of your required resources or barely integrated them into your project. You were missing more than one of your required resources or did not integrate them into your project.
Closing You gave a strong and creative conclusion to your stories and your video as a whole. You gave a conclusion to both your stories and your video as a whole. You gave a conclusion to either your stories or your video as a whole. You gave a weak conclusion to your stories and your video as a whole.
Explanations You explained your project very well and answered the questions needed. Your answers were clear, in depth, and hit all the points. You explained your project and your answers made sense. You answered all of the questions. You explained your project but needed some prompting or didn’t answer one of the questions. You didn’t really explain your project or have answers to the questions.
Creativity Your project was very creative and used the technology and your information in an innovative way. Your project is creative and entirely your own. It uses your technology and information in an interesting way. Your project is creative for the most part. It makes use of the technology. Your project is not very creative or does not make use of the technology available to you.
Performance Your performance is creative, clear, easy to watch, and makes use of sound, photos, or another added effects. You have a clear and creative title for your show. Your performance is creative, clear, and easy to watch. Effort is apparent. You have a clear title for your show. Your performance is not always clear or easy to watch. Effort with the performance is partly there. You have a title, but it is not very creative. Your performance is not clear or easy to watch. Effort with the performance is minimal. You do not have a title for your show.
Presentation You were engaging, made plenty of eye contact, spoke clearly, and gave an exciting presentation! You spoke clearly, made eye contact, and did not just read off of your page when you presented. You either did not speak clearly, did not make eye contact, or just read off of your page when you presented. You were hard to understand, not engaging, did not make eye contact, and/or just read from the page.
Humor Your jokes were school-appropriate, on target with the material, contributed to the overall story, and were balanced appropriately with reporting the story. Your jokes were school-appropriate, on target with the material, and were balanced with reporting the story. Your jokes were school-appropriate, not always on target with the material. You may have struggled with balancing jokes with reporting the story. Your jokes were school-appropriate. They did not contribute to the overall story or displayed poor balance between the jokes and actual reporting.
Work in Lab In the lab, you were always on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were usually on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were sometimes on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were rarely on target and rarely working on your project.

Total: ____________/50

Digital Journalism

What Do I Need:

  • A neat, well decorated blog
  • A central theme to your blog and a clear audience
  • Three posts to your blog that are two to three paragraphs each
  • Two sources for each post
  • The who, what, where, when, and why of your story
  • Should be able to explain blog theme, audience, how you address them, and why you chose this branch of journalism.
Fantastique! (5) Very Good (4) Almost There (2) Not Quite (1)
Hook You gave an intriguing hook to your stories. Readers would want to continue reading your blog. You gave a hook to your stories. Readers will want to keep reading. You gave a hook to your stories. Readers may want to continue reading. You gave a weak hook to your stories. The hooks do not promote interest at all.
Theme/Audience You have a consistent and creative theme throughout your blog and you address the concerns your audience has in each post. You have a consistent theme throughout your blog and you address the concerns your audience has in each post. Your theme is not always consistent throughout your blog and you don’t always address the concerns your audience has in each post. Your theme is not consistent throughout your blog and you don’t address the concerns your audience has in each post.
Resources You had all of your required resources and integrated them very well into your project. You had all of your required resources and integrated them into your project. You were missing one of your required resources or barely integrated them into your project. You were missing more than one of your required resources or did not integrate them into your project.
Mechanics Spelling and grammar are all correct. Your project is very neat, easy to read, and an excellent example. Spelling and grammar has one error at most. Your project is very neat and easy to read. Spelling and grammar have two to three errors. Your project is relatively neat, and relatively easy to read. Spelling and grammar have four or more errors. Your project is not neat, and hard to read.
Explanations You explained your project very well and answered the questions needed. Your answers were clear, in depth, and hit all the points. You explained your project and your answers made sense. You answered all of the questions. You explained your project but needed some prompting or didn’t answer one of the questions. You didn’t really explain your project or have answers to the questions.
Creativity Your project was very creative and used the technology and your information in an innovative way. Your project is creative and entirely your own. It uses your technology and information in an interesting way. Your project is creative for the most part. It makes use of the technology. Your project is not very creative or does not make use of the technology available to you.
Posts You had a minimum of three posts that are all in line with your theme and are stories the audience wants to hear about. You incorporate photos and/or videos into your posts to make them dynamic. You had a minimum of three posts that are all in line with your theme and are stories the audience wants to hear about. You had a minimum of three posts that are mostly in line with your theme. Not all of your posts are directly related to your audience. You do not have at least three posts that are all in line with your theme. These are not stories that pertain to your audience.
Presentation You were engaging, made plenty of eye contact, spoke clearly, and gave an exciting presentation! You spoke clearly, made eye contact, and did not just read off of your page when you presented. You either did not speak clearly, did not make eye contact, or just read off of your page when you presented. You were hard to understand, not engaging, did not make eye contact, and/or just read from the page.
Neatness Your blog is clearly organized, easy to read, makes great use of colors and layout and fonts, and is eye-catching but not over the top. Your blog is organized, easy to read, makes good use of fonts, and is eye-catching but not over the top. Your blog is partly organized and sometimes difficult to read. It may be over the top. Your blog is poorly organized and difficult to read. It is not eye-catching.
Work in Lab In the lab, you were always on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were usually on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were sometimes on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were rarely on target and rarely working on your project.

Total: ________/50

Graphic Journalism

What Do I Need:

  1. Fifteen facts on your infographic.
  2. A brief paragraph on the page explaining your topic’s importance and the facts’ significance.
  3. Three sources for your project.
  4. A neat, colorful, easy to read infographic that answers the 5 W’s
  5. Should be able to explain interest in topic, its significance, and why you chose this branch of journalism.
Fantastique! (5) Very Good (4) Almost There (2) Not Quite (1)
Hook You gave an intriguing hook to graphic. Viewers would want to continue reading. You gave a good hook to your infographic You gave a hook to your infographic. You gave a weak hook to your infographic.
Topic Topic answers all five W’s clearly and is presented as a dynamic and interesting topic. Topic answers all five W’s and is presented as a dynamic and interesting topic. Topic answers 3-4 of the 5 W’s. It is not treated as a dynamic subject, but is still interesting. Topic answers 1-2 of the 5 W’s. It is not treated as a dynamic or interesting topic.
Resources You had all of your required resources and integrated them very well into your project. You had all of your required resources and integrated them into your project. You were missing one of your required resources or barely integrated them into your project. You were missing more than one of your required resources or did not integrate them into your project.
Mechanics Spelling and grammar are all correct. Your project is very neat, easy to read, and an excellent example. Spelling and grammar has one error at most. Your project is very neat and easy to read. Spelling and grammar have two to three errors. Your project is relatively neat, and relatively easy to read. Spelling and grammar have four or more errors. Your project is not neat, and hard to read.
Explanations You explained your project very well and answered the questions needed. Your answers were clear, in depth, and hit all the points. You explained your project and your answers made sense. You answered all of the questions. You explained your project but needed some prompting or didn’t answer one of the questions. You didn’t really explain your project or have answers to the questions.
Creativity Your project was very creative and used the technology and your information in an innovative way. Your project is creative and entirely your own. It uses your technology and information in an interesting way. Your project is creative for the most part. It makes use of the technology. Your project is not very creative or does not make use of the technology available to you.
Infographic Your infographic is clearly organized, easy to read, makes great use of colors and layout and fonts, and is eye-catching but not over the top. Your infographic is organized, easy to read, makes good use of fonts, and is eye-catching but not over the top. Your infographic is partly organized and sometimes difficult to read. It may be over the top. Your infographic is poorly organized and difficult to read. It is not eye-catching.
Presentation You were engaging, made plenty of eye contact, spoke clearly, and gave an exciting presentation! You spoke clearly, made eye contact, and did not just read off of your page when you presented. You either did not speak clearly, did not make eye contact, or just read off of your page when you presented. You were hard to understand, not engaging, did not make eye contact, and/or just read from the page.
Information You have fifteen or more facts about this topic and you clearly explain their significance and the topic’s importance in a paragraph on the page. You have fifteen facts about this topic and you explain their significance and the topic’s importance in a paragraph on the page. You have 12-14 facts about this topic and you have a paragraph, but you don’t explain the significance or you don’t explain the importance. You have less than 11 facts about the topic or you have nothing on the page explaining the importance of the topic and its significance.
Work in Lab In the lab, you were always on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were usually on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were sometimes on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were rarely on target and rarely working on your project.

Total: ________/50

Photojournalism

What Do I Need:

  1. Four to six clear, good quality photos
  2. A 3-4 sentence caption for each photograph
  3. Collection needs to tell a story about something.
  4. Photos and captions should answer the who, what, where, when and why.
  5. You should be able to explain your story, your inspiration, how your photos contribute to the overall story, and why you chose this branch of journalism.
Fantastique! (5) Very Good (4) Almost There (2) Not Quite (1)
Hook Your first photo is eye-catching, a good introduction, and both caption and photo give a strong introduction to your collection. Your first photo is a good introduction and both caption and photo give a good introduction to your collection. Your first photo is not a strong introduction to your collection or your photo and caption are not good hooks into your collection. Your photo and caption don’t grab a person’s attention for a hook.
Story Your photos and captions create a strong story that answers the 5 W’s clearly. This is a story that is current and interesting. Your photos and captions form a good story and answer all 5 W’s. Your story is not very clear or answers only 3-4 of the 5 W’s. Your story is not clear or answers only 1-2 of the 5 W’s. Your story behind your photos is a weak link in them.
Resources You had all of your required resources and integrated them very well into your project. You had all of your required resources and integrated them into your project. You were missing one of your required resources or barely integrated them into your project. You were missing more than one of your required resources or did not integrate them into your project.
Photographs You have all of your photos and each one is clear, easy to see, and edited. These photos are attention-grabbing. You have all of your photos and each one is clear, easy to see, and edited. You are missing a photo or your photos may be unclear, some may be unedited You only have one or two photos or your photos are difficult to see or are unedited.
Explanations You explained your project very well and answered the questions needed. Your answers were clear, in depth, and hit all the points. You explained your project and your answers made sense. You answered all of the questions. You explained your project but needed some prompting or didn’t answer one of the questions. You didn’t really explain your project or have answers to the questions.
Creativity Your project was very creative and used the technology and your information in an innovative way. Your project is creative and entirely your own. It uses your technology and information in an interesting way. Your project is creative for the most part. It makes use of the technology. Your project is not very creative or does not make use of the technology available to you.
Captions Your captions are 3-4 sentences and clearly and concisely describe the photograph and contribute overall to a strong story. Your captions are 3-4 sentences and clearly and concisely describe the photo. Most of your captions are 3-4 sentences but several fall short or do not clearly explain the photo. Most of your captions fall short of 3-4 sentences or do not explain the photo.
Presentation You were engaging, made plenty of eye contact, spoke clearly, and gave an exciting presentation! You spoke clearly, made eye contact, and did not just read off of your page when you presented. You either did not speak clearly, did not make eye contact, or just read off of your page when you presented. You were hard to understand, not engaging, did not make eye contact, and/or just read from the page.
Titles Your title for your collection promotes interest and curiosity about your title and displays creativity. Your title for your collection promotes interest and curiosity. Your title for your collection describes your collection but doesn’t necessarily promote interest or curiosity. Your title for your collection has little to do with your photos and your story.
Work in Lab In the lab, you were always on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were usually on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were sometimes on target and working on your project. In the lab, you were rarely on target and rarely working on your project.

Total: _______/50

 Student Samples:

Infographic on Hurricane Haian and Huricane Sandy: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/765960-minimalist-poster-copy-copy-copy-

“Can You Not” Blog: http://shutyourmeowth.blogspot.com/

“How to Survive Your First Music Festival” Blog: http://concertconcertconcert.blogspot.com/

NFL Audibles Infographic: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/744188-create-your-own

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