Welcome to 2022!
First of all, a sincere and sincere thank you to the people who completed my survey before the break. I read every word and found your insight incredibly helpful. I promise to apply the data collected to create an even better newsletter for you!
I want to go straight to all the news, but here is my most recent roundup for those of you looking for resources to finish building your spring lesson plan (because we suspect that maybe, maybe maybe… students don’t really read the program).
Well Twitter journalism was on fire this tweet. This brings up an interesting point: when it comes to writing, what do you teach about recording interviews, but also about structure, speed and precision? Do your students see a difference in their own writing when using a recorded interview versus writing notes? I know my stories can become a kind of transition between quotes, transition between quotes when I rely too much on a recording. Finally, do they know about Otter.ai (with a free and paid version)? Does your school offer a wholesale purchase of this very useful tool?
My colleague Al Tompkins has put together 10 days of articles on strengthening audiovisual writing. You can read the summaries of the 10 here and click on any that you might find helpful. (And while they’re specifically written for broadcast, I’ve found them enlightening and useful for all journalists – see more on that below.)
For the FOIA nerds among us (including me), here is the latest from Frank LoMonte: “Copyright vs. the Right to Copy: The Civic Danger of Allowing Intellectual Property Law to Overcome the Law on state freedom of information. “
It came out in December, but I missed it: “When teachers offend students, class standards change. Where is the line, and who decides?
Oh ffs. “Howard, Spelman among HBCU campuses targeted by bomb threats.”
I am always ready to hear presentations from professors, advisers and students on the most pressing issues facing journalism in higher education. Here are two of those plays that aired last week.
This week we are featuring The Buffalo News in Buffalo, New York, which is looking for “reporting interns for a 10 week paid internship in the summer of 2022. This is a unique opportunity for motivated students or journalists. early in your career to gain hands-on, first-line experience working in one of New York State’s most fascinating markets. The position offers a rigorous learning experience and in-depth exposure to the field of daily journalism. We treat our interns like reporters in their own right and expect them to end the summer with clips, including front page clips, of which they are proud.
See all our announcements here.
As disinformation about the January 6 insurgency continues to spread even a year after the attack, here’s a helpful TikTok from the MediaWise team that you can show to your classes to help them spot the lies online.
I will cheat this week in this section, where we will present a tip, trick, hack, technique, tip, homework, recipe from a journalism teacher… I add this after reading your comments on the poll (but I didn’t react quickly enough to solicit any of you for this week’s newsletter).
As I noted above, Poynter’s Head Teacher Al Tompkins wrote 10 different articles designed to help broadcasters strengthen their writing.
If you’ve ever had the chance to see Al in action, you know he’s an amazing teacher. Here is one of his tips from “To tell stronger stories, use objective copy and subjective sound” that really touched me:
“Look carefully at these sound clips. What do you notice ? None of the bites contain any facts. These are the opinions, emotions, and observations of the people closest to history. No one else could have said what these people said with the same authenticity. Be careful though: don’t fall in love with a sound sample. If it doesn’t relate to the main meaning of the story, drop it. Concentration matters more than a sound sample.
(If you would like to be featured in this section, please email me at [email protected] Be prepared to send blurb, photo, and relevant links.)
The manager will return to inboxes later in January, but editor-in-chief Taylor Blatchford is looking for quotes for the calendar year 2022 by student journalists. Do you or any of your students have a great story with highlights for the classroom or student media that you would like to share? Click on the link to find out how to submit your idea.
I’m in Los Angeles for the next few weeks, so if you’re a teacher at a school in LA or adjacent to LA, let me know and I might be able to come visit your campus! (Assuming we meet on campus this semester. Eep!)
If you can’t make me come for a visit then just use This lesson internet. NSFW or the kids, but we will certainly make grammar nerds laugh.