Archives for January 2012

J2 – Day 2


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?


After that, we had time to log in to our blogs and for the first time. Please do the following things in both places:

1. Log in.
2. Change your password to your school password.
3. Edit your Profile in any way you like. Pay special attention to your new profile. It will appear on every story you create.


Next, on your blog, attempt making your first post.


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?


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.

Once you know what you’re writing about, claim it here.


Welcome to Journalism 2

Welcome to Journalism 2!

As you found your seats at the beginning of the block, you found out two of the groups you are in for the rest of the semester. The groups are indicated by the stickers on your note cards.

The circle group is your computer group. This was indicated by either a Pink or an Orange circle on the note card.

The next group is a little more significant, and it was decided by the colored star on the top of your note card. Make sure you write down your two groups, you’ll be using them all semester.

Publishing Groups:
Gold = Mondays
Silver = Tuesdays
Red = Wednesdays
Green = Thursdays
Blue = Fridays

We will begin publishing our first stries on Monday.


You’ll be using quite a few technology tools throughout the semester, so it’ s essential you keep them straight. If possible, try to use the same password for each of the tools we use in the class.


Once those things were taken care of we began a discussion that will guide us throughout the rest of this quarter. In publishing groups, we started discussing the concept of Truth and what it means to journalists.



Homework for tonight:

Read Tim O’Brien’s “How to tell a true war story.”

Login to your blogs at and update your password. Write your first blog post as best as you can.

Share your drafts

Click here to see who to share your drafts with.

  • Reminders for today and Homework for the weekend:
  • On Google Docs, Share your draft with McCallum and all the editors that apply to you. Find the list for sharing on the J1 page of .
  • Print two copies of your story (three for groups of four people) and give them to the people in your review group.
  • Be sure to get the rough drafts from your review partners before you leave class today.
  • Over the weekend, read each draft closely and mark the paper thoroughly, pointing out errors in style or grammar but more on giving advice on making the story better . Be ready to share your thoughts on your partners’ stories when you get back on Monday. It will be the first thing that you do.
  • Both annotating drafts and conferencing on Monday is a part of your Summative quarter grade.