Teamwork in Journalism: Story Meetings by Molly Burt for 21st Century Journalism (Grades 9-12)

Journalism Standards:

0.5.2 Work with others to achieve objectives in a timely manner (i.e. follow direction, take responsibility, respect for others and cooperation)

0.7.1 Model behaviors of a good employee (i.e. reliability, dependability, professionalism)

How do you get your news?

REVIEW - 11 Elements of Newsworthiness

As we've discussed in previous lessons, there are eleven qualities that make a story "newsworthy." When participating in the following activity, be sure you can name which of these elements make each of YOUR stories "newsworthy."

Impact, Weight, Controversy, Emotion, The Unusual, Prominence, Proximity, Timeliness, Currency, Usefulness, Educational Value

Reporters: Pitch potential story ideas (at least two each) for your section to the producer. Ask them for topic suggestions if you need help. Remember, stories should be timely and relevant, and you should really try to sell them to your producer.

Producers: Suggest topics you'd like your reporters to look into. After all the reporters have pitched at least one idea, choose FIVE stories and a reporter to cover each one. The story should be timely, relevant, and well-presented. The reporter you choose should be capable, hard-working, and resourceful. After time is up, you will announce the story and reporter you chose, and why, to the head editor (or producer, in broadcast journalism), which will be Ms. Burt in this case.

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