Journalism: Unit 1 - Introduction to Reporting

Perfect for an intro to journalism. Students will learn journalism ethics, what makes an event newsworthy, how to evaluate news sources for credibility, the importance of the First Amendment, and news media shifts in the Digital Age.
Mr. LeCara
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70 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

o STANDARD 1: Reading for information and understanding
  ~Student journalists will internalize writing process from pre-writing to publication by
    • accessing a variety of print and non-print sources, extracting relevant information and concepts from them 
    • combining this new information with prior knowledge
o STANDARD 2: Reading for critical analysis and evaluation
 ~Student journalists will capture readers’ attention through topic, lead, headlines, design, and art by
    • developing a critical stance as to the accuracy, relevance, quality and merit of a text and the ideas and information that it conveys
o STANDARD 3: Range and versatility in writing and speaking
 ~Student journalists will identify purpose and audience for selecting article type by
    • selecting appropriate article type and news value for her/his purpose, making effective use of the conventions for that article type
    • using the appropriate format to communicate his/her position on information, issues, or ideas
o STANDARD 4: Collaboration and reflection
 ~Student journalists will produce quality written pieces ready for publication, assembling them into a portfolio by
    • assessing his/her own work using the established publishing criteria
    • describing the process used to produce the work, including collaboration
    • recognizing achievements and setting specific, realistic goals for improvement and/or further story development
    • working with other class members to mirror a real world editorial board
o STANDARD 5: Mechanics and conventions of speech and print
 ~Student journalists will use technology to gather and present information by
    • applying rules of grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, citation, and other conventions to written/spoken work
    • using appropriate technology tools and organization frameworks for written/spoken work
    • adhering to the established Journalist Ethical and Legal Codes of Conduct
News media, as it exists today, does not entirely reflect its true purpose.  While there are many possible reasons for this, the goal of these journalism courses is to return to basics with an understanding of why a free press exists, what its true responsibility happens to be, along with an ongoing discussion of what might be perceived as evolving threats to the system.  In learning journalism basics and writing their own articles, students will also realize the pressures current journalists around the world face, their responsibilities, and how to spot bias so as not to be overly influenced. Objectively looking at information, demanding verified and corroborated facts over hearsay, is essential to independent thought.    

Relevant experience: As the creator of a middle school newspaper after school program, journalism teacher, faculty advisor of middle and high school newspaper clubs, Mr. LeCara was also a student editor in both high school and college.     
o Session 01 Home Assignment: View Unit 1 Film; Vocabulary Exercise (due S3)
o Session 02 Home Assignment: Beat Sheet A & B for “Local” news story; Vocabulary Exercise (due S3)
o Session 03 Home Assignment: Review First Amendment for S5 Recitation; Beat Sheet C-E; Six Steps Response/Reflection 
o Session 04 Home Assignment: Work on “Local” Rough Draft; Primary Sources Due S5; Primary Source Interview Due S6; Secondary Source Due S7; “Local” Rough Draft Due S7
o Session  05 Home Assignment: Primary Source Interview Due S6; Secondary Source Due S7; “Local” Rough Draft Due S7
o Session 06 Home Assignment: Secondary Source Due S7; “Local” Rough Draft Due S7; Review Vocab
o Session 07 Home Assignment: Work on Edits for “Local” Final Draft; Review
o Session 08 Home Assignment: Work on Edits for “Local” Final Draft; Review
o Session 09 Home Assignment: Work on Edits for “Local” Final Draft; Review
o Session 10 Home Assignment: n/a
Though materials will be provided by teacher, students will need access to YouTube and the Internet.  Students will need to use Google Docs for composing their articles.  Students will also need to be mindful about checking for Outschool messages in order to stay current with due dates, ongoing assignments, and ongoing collaboration related to their writing.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress will be assessed by/through:
   --timely completion of assignments, including journals, drafts, and assessment
   --session engagement with instructor and peers
   --sharing of work and ideas

25%: Community Role
            • Participation and cooperation
            • Group/Peer collaboration/editing
            • Round table discussions
30%: Classwork
            • Notes and/or annotations
            • Journal responses
            • Drafts
45%: Assessments
           • Final Drafts
           • Projects
2 hours 20 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Mr. LeCara
Lives in the United States
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130 total reviews
206 completed classes

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