Archives for February 2011

Journalism 2 – Week 5



The video we will watch and discuss today is below. If you missed today, please answer the discussion questions from the presentation, watch this video, and write a brief reaction.



Journalism 2 – Week 3 concept: Making a place where Journalism can thrive

If you miss class on Monday or Tuesday, you’re missing a lot. Please see me about making up the activities from today.



Journalism 2 – Week 2 – Continuing our discussion on Journalism

Thank you for a wonderful discussion yesterday. We managed to get deeper into the topics than I imaged we could have. It was really interesting for me to consider some brand new perspectives presented by the class. Today, we’ll have a shorter class discussion that continues from some of the loose ends we had left yesterday.

The presentation below has many links in it that can help you as you look for sources to support your opinion or ideas you want to refute. They are meant to help discussion and help you as you blog.

Tomorrow, we’ll have the entire block to work on blogs and

Journalism 2 – Week 2 discussion – What is journalism?

Here’s the picture that came from our discussion today:

J2: Day 2

At the start of class, we took a look at some of the highlights from your blog entries from last night. The people who haven’t done their blog got a reminder about it.


We continued the class by resuming our discussion on the Meaning of Truth from yesterday. The discussion started by reviewing the important themes in the short story we read for today.

Opening Questions :

Answer any three on a sheet of paper, and be thorough with your answers
How do you think Tim O’Brien defines Truth?
What do you think O’Brien means when he says, “If the answer matters, you have your answer?”
What is the point of O’Brien sharing a graphic story like this?
How can the story of the Baby Buffalo be about love?
How can this story and O’Brien’s message about truth relate to Journalism?
How would you, personally, define truth after yesterday’s discussion and the reading by Tim O’Brien?


We’ll spend some time in class looking what makes a good story.

We’ll also look at some examples of good and bad stories on and talk about good sources for stories and ideas. We’ll decide about how we’ll do the first stories (groups, photos, videos, etc) in class.

Know what you’re doing for next week. Decide on if you’re writing as story, doing a photo essay, making a podcast, or producing a video. Once you’ve decided, we’ll take a little time to get ready to publish on your specific day.


Next, we did an activity by looking at the Online Pacemaker Winners from 2010.

Go to This Website.

Log in for your group with the following credentials:

Teacher ID: buffalo
Team ID: Star color with the first letter capital (Green)
Password: Star color with the first letter capital (Green)

Click the Pacemaker Activity and rank the publications in order of your most favorite to least favorite.

Clarion, Riverside-Brookfield HS, Riverside, Ill.

HiLite Online, Carmel HS, Carmel, Ind.

The Harbinger Online, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.

Blue and Gold Today, Findlay HS, Findlay, Ohio

Uproar, Mansfield HS, Mansfield, Texas

Oakton Outlook, Oakton HS, Vienna, Va.


To continue our examination of Truth in Journalism, we took a look at 13 Seconds in August from The StarTribune. We’ll all take a look at it and then talk about the ways this is better or worse than traditional reporting.


At the end of the hour, if we had time, we watched this video from about Fringe Presidential Candidates. It’s very different from traditional journalism, but is it still the truth? Is it appropriate and good, or does it take too many liberties with the truth?