View DeKalb Early College Academy
Unit Overview
The following information is only a guide -- always check with your teacher for due dates, scoring guides, projects, etc.Subject(s) Journalism
 
Journalism 1
Unit 4: Interview
 
Essential Questions and Big Ideas 
1. When does a conversation become an interview?
--  A conversation becomes an interview when the intent is to gather information from an informant via predetermined question for a predetermined purpose.  
2. What are the consequences of misquoting an interview?      
-- A misquoted interview can ruin the credibility of an entire news story and the author may be accused of plagiarism. 

Performance Assessment
Engaging Scenario
You are a reporter for a national newspaper. You will need to gather research for a story from one of the following areas: world news, domestic news, local news, entertainment news, or politics. You will need to gather information from a variety of reliable sources that have been verified. You will then need to present the information you gathered and the reason the story is newsworthy for consideration for publication.

Performance Task Synopses
Task 1 JRN.3.6   Evaluate the credibility of sources in a variety of newspaper and non-print media stories
Interview-
Find and interview primary/secondary sources to solicit viable information for your news story. Use an Interview Organizer to create questions for the interview. Then conduct an interview and record the responses.

Task 2 JRN.4.2   Identify relevant issues and events of interest to readers through current news analysis, surveys, research reports, statistical data, and interviews with readers.
Newsroom Pitch-
Present all sources used and information gathered to assist in your delineation of your story’s newsworthiness by highlighting one or more of the following elements:
?      Timeliness
?      Proximity
?      Prominence
?      Consequence
?      Human interest
?      Conflict
?      Other factors


Journalism 1
Unit 5 - Journalistic Writing Process
 
Essential Questions and Big Ideas  
1. How does a publication benefit when journalists follow a consistent style?
--  The use of consistent style between journalists creates a cohesive product for the reader, resulting in a better reading experience and returning readership.
 
What is the effect of maintaining different standards for different types of news stories?
-- By maintaining specific norms within the different types of news stories, consistency between news outlets is created. This builds trust in readers’ expectations. 

Performance Assessment
Engaging Scenario
You are a reporter for a national newspaper. Your editor has approved your article based on the research you recently submitted. You will need to determine what type of story you have, then write the story using the appropriate journalistic writing style.

Performance Task Synopses
Task 1 JRN.5.6  Use varied and extended or technical and scientific vocabulary or language that is appropriate for journalistic style, different purposes, and a variety of audiences.
Determine Story Type - 
Research the various types of stories and use your research to determine which type of story their research has provided you.

Task 2 JRN.5.6 Use varied and extended or technical and scientific vocabulary or language that is appropriate for journalistic style, different purposes, and a variety of audiences.
Article Planning -
Organize the information you have gathered according to the parameters set by the type of article you are writing.

Task 3 JRN.5.6 Use varied and extended or technical and scientific vocabulary or language that is appropriate for journalistic style, different purposes, and a variety of audiences.
Article Writing -
Compile your research following the guidelines of journalistic writing style into an article that follows the appropriate style.

 Journalism 1
Unit 6: Publication
 
Essential Questions and Big Ideas  
What is the effect of maintaining unique standards for various types of journalistic products?      
-- By maintaining specific norms within the different types of news stories, consistency between news outlets is created. This builds trust in readers’ expectations. 

Performance Assessment
Engaging Scenario
You will need to adapt your previous article into the proper format for two of the main areas of journalism here at the school: Newspaper, Yearbook, News Broadcast, and Literary Magazine. You must determine how to properly format and publish your previous article’s information for that specific format. You will then create a presentation discussing the process you used to adapt the information and present it to the class as well as the teacher for the program you are most interested. You will also actually publish the product and add it to your application for admission to the program of your choice for the following school year.

Performance Task Synopses
Task 1 JRN.4.9 Revise and edit copy to improve sentence variety and style and to enhance subtlety of meaning and tone in ways that are consistent with purpose, audience, and journalistic form.
Determine Journalistic Style - 
Research the various types of journalistic styles and use your research to determine what changes will need to be made to your previously written article in order for it to conform to the appropriate journalistic styles of your choosing.

Task 2 JRN.4.7 Use language effectively to establish a specific tone. 
Planning -
Adjust the information in your previously written article to match the stylistic requirements of your chosen format.

Task 3 JRN.4.9 Revise and edit copy to improve sentence variety and style and to enhance subtlety of meaning and tone in ways that are consistent with purpose, audience, and journalistic form.
Publication -
Using proper formatting, create and publish your chosen journalistic product.

Task 4 JRN.7.8 Create a journalistic product chosen from the following:
?      Newspaper page
?      Yearbook page
?      News Broadcast 
?      Literary Magazine page
 
Presentation -
Present to the class an explanation of the differences between your original article and the final published product you plan to present to the journalism program of your choice.

District Home         Parents         School Nutrition         Bus Routes