Archives for November 2010

Journalism – Term 2 – Week 1


Welcome to a brand new quarter of Journalism!

We spent the day discussing some issues in High School Journalism in both small and large groups.

You began by filling out your Appointment Clock to decide partners for the small group discussions.
If you were absent today, you need to answer the questions we discussed in writing.

12:00 Appointment: What is the purpose of journalism?

3:00 Appointment: Take a look at the first amendment. Why do you think the right to a free press is included alongside our most basic freedoms?

6:00 Appointment: What kind of power does the press have?

9:00 Appointment: What limits (if any) do you think should be placed on those powers?

We ended the day with some large group discussion about some situations specific to the high school press.

The cases we debated are here or download as a pdf, if the link is broken.

If you were gone today, download the cases and write what you would do in response to three of the six cases presented. In your responses, pretend that you are the editor of a high school paper and the sole decision-maker for the staff.


We started the day with a discussion about the purpose of high school journalism and what The Hoofprint should look like if it met all of these roles.

– What should a high school paper be loyal to?

– What types of stories should a high school newspaper cover?

– Should a high school paper have as many rights as a professional paper, or should the rights of a high school paper be limited?

– If the rights of a high school paper should be limited, what limits should be placed on them?

– Answer as many questions as you’d like or bring up completely unique points of your own.

Finally, you got your very own copy of the Communications Law packet. We used it to name the concepts that you had done such a good job of defining the last two days.

Here are the concepts you should understand with the topics we’ll go over today and tomorrow:

1. What is Libel?
2. What has to be proven to sue for Libel?
3. What are the defenses against Libel?
4. What is Privilege and what are its limitations?
5. What is Fair Comments and what are its limitations?
6. What is a public figure?
7. What is a private citizen?
8. What is the Burden of Proof.


We went through the first four pages of the Communication Law packet. Here are some questions you should be able to answer after today:

1. What is libel?

2. What has to be true in order to sue for libel?

3. What is the Burden of Proof?

4. What is Privelege and what are its limitations?

5. What is Fair Comment and what are its limitations?

6. What is Malice?

7. How do you defend yourself from libel suits?

Next, you got into groups and started working on your presentations and movie posters explaining different Landmark Supreme Court cases that shaped our current laws governing journalism.

Use Google Docs to make your presentation. It should include the following information:

1. Background about the parties involved in the case.
2. What happened?
3. What did each side argue in court?
4. What was the final decision?
5. Why is this case important? Why are we studying this today?

The movie poster you’re making needs to supplement your presentation and offer clues about the case you’re studying. The focus should be visual isntead of on words. We looked at for examples that can inspire your groups.

You’ll have the whole block to finish posters tomorrow.

Journalism – Week 9 – November 1-5


Feedback has been given to all drafts and grades are in the gradebook. If you don’t understand the grade you received or the feedback that was left, ask me today.

Gather all the feedback you received on your draft from the different sources. Create an action plan for the day that answers the following three questions:

  1. Based on your feedback, what did you do well?
  2. What do you need to improve before you’ve got a final draft you can be proud of.
  3. What will you do each day this week to make your draft final? Plan for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Before you leave today, have these questions either at the end of your draft or turned in on a separate piece of paper.


This is your last day you have the whole block to work on your draft. Tomorrow, we’ll look at some layout things.


Publications Writing – Week Nine – November 1-5

This is our Layout unit.


Do your Yearbook Deadline Evaluation and turn in your yearbook folder with all the evidence of your grade.


We learned the basics of yearbook design and worked on a practice layout. The presentation we learned from is below.

We ended the block with time to make a draft. You will have the start of class tomorrow to finish this. This shows me that you understand the concepts of basic layouts. Here’s an example of a rough draft. Click it to see it larger.

Use this Basic Layout Checklist to see if you’re doing everything correctly.

Due Tomorrow: Background Research.

We’ll do photo orders in class tomorrow.


We started the class by finishing your basic designs and turning them in.

Next, you worked on Photo Orders as I reviewed what you brought for background research.

Then, we went into trends with design.


Computer and InDesign – Learning



Create a new spread for your first deadline assignment.