Junior News Reporters Writing Workshop (Middle School)
So you want to be a news journalist? In this 5-week introductory course, students will write and present unique newsworthy articles and learn how to publish their work in print or online.
Janelle Molony, M.S.L.
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Once per week
over 5 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does a “Multi-Day” course 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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Junior Reporters plan and research relevant newsworthy topics from your community and organize them into an editorial writing format. In Session 1, we will explore the elements of a typical news article, rules for responsible and ethical journalism, and four basic types of writing found in news publications: Profile Piece, Promotional Piece, Investigative Piece, and Opinion Piece. Students will have writing homework each class, which may include research and/or personal interviews. In...
Students will be introduced to different approaches to editorial writing, learn professional news journalism practices, practice organizing their writing into the industry-standard format, and practice reporting their own news stories. Students will be guided through the course activities by a practicing freelance news writer and award-winning published author and professional editor.
The instructor is a practicing news journalist for Times Media Group and her stories have been featured in six valley-wide newspapers. She has been published in both national and international print magazines, featured in academic journals and invited to write topical guest blogs. She is the author of one award-winning novel, with a second in the works. She is a professional proofreader and editor for hire and has been a managing partner of a professional writers' critique circle for over a year. She holds a Master's in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Her previous students have successfully published their own works in addition to winning creative contests.
Starting on day one: students will compose a factual news article to “report” (read) live to your classmates in the next session. Middle schoolers and high schoolers need to write at least 200 words, but not more than 300 words. The reports can be typed or handwritten, as long as they are legible and easy to read back in a two-minute time allotment. The last class will provide an opportunity and instructions for students to either 1) put their four articles together into their own locally printed or online published newspaper, or 2) submit one or more of their articles to an online publication for children's writing. Please note: this workshop focuses primarily on content and format/organization, not writing mechanics or editing. Students will not be required to send in any items for editing purposes, but are always welcome to share their articles with the class for additional feedback.
2 files available upon enrollmentNotepad of paper, pen or pencil, handout packet (provided before class 1).
Reporters will receive feedback through peer review and teacher notes. No formal grade is provided in this exploratory workshop.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Class Rules: Enrolled Students Only. Cameras On (unless the teacher approves a parent’s request). Microphones Muted (if there is background noise). No Foul, Hurtful or Offensive Language or Gestures Allowed. Due to the feedback portion of this class, the class will not "go," if there is less than 2 enrollments. What this class is NOT: This class is NOT a proofreading or writing mechanics course. We will focus on the organization of information, critical analysis of written examples, producing oral presentations, and engaging in active listening skills. This class is NOT a speech class. Although it involves an element of public speaking, it is not a performance class and no acting skills are necessary, nor is memorization required. It is highly recommended that students write legibly (or type) and practice reading their material out loud before the second through fifth classes. This class is NOT a soapbox or platform for political, religious or other highly controversial or debatable topics. The teacher accepts NO liability for the material created by students and by participating in this class, parents automatically assume full liability for the works produced by their child. If, in the teacher’s best judgment, the student’s subject matter is inappropriate for the class, the teacher will do their best to stop the student’s reading and offer an alternative submission option in the form of a private message, that can be evaluated strictly on the student’s writing technique as outlined in the homework assignment.
Please have paper/notebook and pen/pencils during classes. Timer videos from YouTube and other teacher-curated handouts will be provided to assist with the student's experience.
Janelle Molony, M.S.L.
Creative writing coach
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
81 total reviews
173 completed classes
Hello! I am here to help young writers have fun exploring different forms of written and oral expression. I have worked in education for over 10 years and hold a Masters degree. Some of my educational credits include K-12 traditional classrooms,...