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Honors Project Q4-- Underclassmen (everyone except the seniors)

 

Final project due: June 6th in class (NOTE: There are interim due dates. See below.)


Who: Each underclass student in J-class.

 

What:  With one or two other classmates, create a news package on the subject of the group’s choice. Each group will work to employ all the skills the students have learned in journalism to create a publishable product.

 

When:  See deadlines listed below. We’re hoping to be able to begin publishing the finished news packages during the week of June 9th.

 

Where: Groups may choose to do any story and may go wherever needed to (within legal and ethical bounds) in order to get the story.

 

Why:  Because we love you. And because we’re excited to see what subjects, angles, and information you come up with!

 

 

Hints for success:

 

*   The audience is still Wayland High School students.

 

*   You should prepare at least the following:

 

            Two written components  AND

 

One multimedia piece  AND

 

One element from the following:

 

            -- ASF’s;  OR

 

          --  Opinion pieces (Important note: If you choose to include an opinion piece, you will have to find another student to write it [the writer need not be in the class]. Your group will be responsible for editing the piece.  Rationale: A reporter who writes the news article(s) on a subject should not also write an opinion piece on the subject.);   OR

 

           -- Any other type of piece that fits your story.

 

*  Of course the elements you choose should fit the subject you choose.  Think about the best way to tell the story via various angles and visuals. Think big, but also think realistically about how much time your idea will take.  Think about what you have seen on other sites that you thought WSPN should implement.

 

*  You  will create a Google document for your group, shared with the advisers,  where each student in your group will share progress, ideas, questions. You will all help each other by providing ideas, answers to questions, etc.

 

 

See Deadlines, below.

 

Deadlines (NOTE -- for underclassmen only. For seniors, see senior honors project, below):

 

May 7th (B day): Provide teachers with the topic for your story package as well as the types of expected components of the package (news stories?; features?; ASF: opinion?; photos?). Will you need assistance with any component? Interview plan? Angle established? Multimedia plan?

 

May 13th (F day) : Check-in with teachers; present status of each piece.

First drafts? If you've got them, we can give you feedback.

 

May 22nd (E day): Check-in with teachers, e-i-c’s  and section editors: present status of all components; have drafts for review (enough so we can give feedback and you can revise), angle?

 

May 29th (B day): Drafts due of complete package. Articles submitted in hard copy and emailed. Any necessary revisions should be planned.

 

June 6th (H day): Final deadline for all elements of the package.  Self-evaluation of process and story.

 

We will begin publishing the packages the week of June 9th.

 

 

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Honors Project Term 4 -- Seniors
Seniors: Final Due: May 21st at the beginning of class. THERE ARE INTERIM DUE DATES. SEE DOC.
Details of Project are in this document
Projects will be published the week of May 26th.

Email to both Ms. Karman and Ms. Barber (faculty email addresses)
Topic choice submitted by March 6th in class

You will write a review (your choice of topic: music, movie, restaurant, product, or book).  Grading criteria will be based on the class readings, our class discussions, and the checklist below.


Reviews: Evaluation Checklist


 We will evaluate your review based on the following criteria.  Please use this guide as a way to evaluate and revise your before turning in your review.


 1.  Organization:

            *  Provides opinion up front


            *  Gives the reader a logical progression of information


            *  Paragraph structure supports the logical progression


            *  Closing indicates your opinion and perhaps references info from your lead, to provide a sense of closure or symmetry *  Max. 500 words (about two pages double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 font)

 

2.  Content:

            * Provides a clear angle (generally, in reviews, your opinion is the angle)


           *  Provides background information (about directors, authors, chefs, etc. )


* Compares to other books, music, films, restaurants, etc. that the audience might know, to help them compare and understand

 

            * Does not simply rehash playlist/menu/plot        

 
            *  Transcends personal prejudices – no gushing or brutality

            *  Provides a combination of fact and reaction – strikes the right balance

            

3.  Style:

            * No, or very little, first person (“I” voice)


            * Avoids hyperbole or general language that reveals little (e.g. “best movie ever” or “amazing”)


            * Uses correct grammar, punctuation, syntax, diction


            * Exhibits obvious awareness of audience


            * Provides a catchy lead and close

 

 

 

           

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Q2 Project:
You are to write an observation piece similar to the ones we've studied in class. 
Requirements: Approx. 450 words;
      Double-spaced, 12 font, Times New Roman;
      Observation in a place you don't often hang out (e.g. home, athletic fields,                         Commons, media center are all off limits);
      Use of your observation skills as well as interviewing skills -- see the rubric we've given you for the substantive criteria for assessment; and
      Observation is done alone -- no partners.

We strongly suggest you plan to just observe; if you are engaging in any other activity during the observation (eating, shopping, etc.), your attention will be split, and you will miss potentially interesting, significant details.

When you are done, read it one more time and complete the Observation Story Evaluation, as a self-assessment.  Turn in the Observation Story Evaluation attached with your written observation.  
If there is a snow day: Share the observation with Ms. Karman and Ms. Barber via a googledoc or email with a Word attachment before 5 o'clock on Friday. 
Bring in your Observation Story Evaluation sheet on Monday morning, and put it in a folder on Ms. Karman's desk.


Portfolios and Reflections due Tuesday  January 7th.  
Each student must schedule a meeting time with Ms. Karman (writing) Ms. Barber (multimedia) to discuss your portfolio on one of the following days:
  • January 8, 9, 10, 13 , 14, 15

Editors' reports due January 14th by end of day.  All are due by the 14th.  If you set up a conference day on the 15th, your editors report is still due on the 14th.

If you would like feedback on your editors report and an immediate grade, you can turn it in when you conference with us. 
See directions under Editor's Report


Honors Project Term 1 DUE November 8th.

Choose another student-run website and become extremely familiar with it; visit it at least three times a week for the rest of the term.  Pay particular attention to the section of that website that corresponds with your section. For example, if you are working on Arts and Entertainment this term, focus on the website's Arts and Entertainment section design and articles.  Compare its section to WSPN's.  

- What does their site do better?  

- What do we do better?  

Analyze that section of the site for purpose, structure, and use of media.  Contact an editor from that site and interview him or her about the section. Make sure you keep a log of your daily or weekly findings that includes:

- the date and what you found,

 - as well as your thoughts about your findings. 

The format of this log is your choice (e.g. Googledoc, spreadsheet, etc.)

Report your findings to the class, including any insights as to how your findings can improve WSPN. Be prepared to display the site during your presentation.

You will turn in hard copy:   (aka: print)

-- Your log: 30% 

--  A written explanation of the what they do better, what we do better, and what we could imitate.:  50%  (You analyzed your section for purpose, structure, and use of multimedia. Your responses are clear, concise, organized and proofread.)

-- Any visuals you have that are from your presentation. (Print and attach if visual is one page; provide URL if more than one page): 20%

Due November 8th at the beginning of class.  Please be prepared to present your findings.



     



           Campanile Online, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA:   Lauren

            El Estoque Online, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA: Harry

            FHNtoday.com, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, MO: David

            Harbinger Online,
Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS: Brendan

            Hilite Online,
Carmel High School Carmel, IN: Cole
  • Talonwp.com, Harker Upper School, San Jose, CA: Thomas

    The A-Blast, Annandale High School, Annandale, VA; Mia

    The Foothill Dragon Press Online, Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, CA: Will

    The Paly Voice Online, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA: Nina

    The Pride Online, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, San Antonio, TX: Martin

    The Rider Online, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX: Allison


    Black & White, Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD: Lizzy

    Knight Errant, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, St. Louis Park, Minn. : Alex

    Globe Online, Clayton HS, Clayton, Mo.: Whitney

    The Voice Online, Huntley HS, Huntley, Ill.: Angela

    West Side Story, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Sammy

    Grizzly Gazette, Granite Hills HS, Porterville, Calif.: Elena

    The Fourth Estate, Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, Calif.: Max

             The Feather, Fresno Christian High School, Fresno, Calif: Nandita






















Evaluation Criteria (click on link)

Honors Project Term 4

posted Apr 30, 2012, 9:09 AM by janet_karman@wayland.k12.ma.us   [ updated May 21, 2012, 10:55 AM by Mary Barber ]

For our final honors project, you are going to learn a great deal about the following:

* investigative journalism
* famous U.S. investigative journalists
* some of the greatest historical events revealed by U.S. investigative journalism

Here’s how it will work:

1.  You will be randomly assigned an investigative journalist.

2.  You will visit http://www.investigatingpower.org/ and explore the site, focusing in particular on the “About” section -- including ‘more about the project’ -- then surfing the through sections that interest you.

3.  You will watch and read all the following “Related Content” (You will find it on the about page near the bottom, after the ‘more’ section).
   
        Video: Canary in the Coal Mine
   
        Video: How the Project Started
   
        Investigating Power Discussed on NPR's All Things Considered
   
        Intellectual and Editorial Methodology
            

4.  Write a brief description, in your own words, how you see investigative journalism.  Consider what it is, its effects, and how it might work for WSPN.

5.  Then research your assigned reporter.  There may be info not only in the section labeled as your reporter, but also in the sections labeled “Moments of Truth” and “Inside Journalism.”  Write a description of your reporter, focusing particularly on the most famous information the reporter uncovered and the methods used by the reporter to uncover that information.  
  
6.  You will present your findings to the class.  In order to be clear and to best teach the class about the reporter and the events reported on, you will have to do some research (Internet, library, teachers, parents, other students, experts?).  In your presentation, you will be expected to convey the following:

    a.  Who is the reporter? Who did he or she work for?
    b.  What event did the reporter investigate?
    c.  What did the reporter discover?
    d.  What method(s) did the reporter use to discover the truth?
   
Please use visuals in your presentation.  


Due:  
Seniors:  Due at the beginning of class, Tuesday May 29th.  You will present your project Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday May 29, 30, and 31st.
Underclassmen: Due Friday June 8th, 2012.  Due at the beginning of class.  You will present  Friday June 8th and we will continue until everyone has presented.  You will still be responsible for meeting your story deadlines, so plan accordingly. 

Honors Project: Quarter Two

posted Dec 7, 2011, 8:28 AM by Mary Barber   [ updated Dec 9, 2011, 10:19 AM ]

Mini-experts

You will become a mini-expert on a particular style of journalism by researching, reading, and finally synthesizing all you’ve learned into a list that describes the best way to write your chosen type of article. The goal is to be able to teach the rest of the class about the major components of writing your type of article.

See project details from the link below:

Spotlight directions

posted Nov 19, 2011, 12:21 PM by Unknown user

1st Sunday: Turn in a pitch. 

Pitch format: 
  • Story Topic & Angle:
  • Relevance to Wayland/WHS:
  • Why it's newsworthy:
  • A list of crucial facts:
  • Who is involved? Who is responsible? Who is affected?
  • Sources where you would research (Ex. Student Handbook, Dr. Burton Interview, Rite Aid in Wayland, etc - you do not have to go find these sources yet, just list them):
  • Potential areas for bias:
  • Photo ideas:
2nd Sunday: Write your set interview date on the pitch page.

3rd Sunday: Share the first draft of your Spotlight with Kruti. Upload your photo to photobucket.com.

Friday after 3rd Sunday: Share the final draft of your Spotlight with Kruti.

4th Sunday: Publish!!


Honors Project: Thursday Nov. 10th: Submit by end of day electronically

posted Nov 2, 2011, 9:48 AM by Mary Barber

We do not meet on Thursday November 10th, as a class, so please submit your Honors Project by the end of day through google docs.  Please "SHARE" your document with Ms. Karman and Ms. Barber at their SCHOOL email (@wayland.k12.ma.us).

You will present  your project in class on Monday. 

NOTE: Portfolios are due by end of day on Monday.

Editors:  Editors reports are due by end of day on Monday.

First Term Project: List of Student Choices

posted Oct 7, 2011, 11:05 AM by Mary Barber   [ updated Oct 18, 2011, 9:05 AM ]

Knight Errant: Caitlin O'Keeffe

The Foothill Dragon Press: Jake Adelman

The Communicator: Allison Wei

The Rider Online: Elizabeth Karpacz

The Chronicle: Connie Yoon

Harbinger Online: Alex Erdakian

FHCtoday.com: Andrew Herstine

The Talon: Matt Gutschenritter

Huffpost High School: Kruti Vora

The Eye of The Storm: Evan Barber

Hilite Online: Sammy Keating

Saxon Scope: Harry Falber

Reasonrecorder: Riley Starr

The OTHS Today: Ally Toto

The Paly Voice: Brianna Fay

The Lariat: Sophie

The Dart: Eli Lord

Silver Chips Online: Caitlyn Pineault

The Tribune: Shane Brady

The Blue Devil: Lizzy

The Little Hawk: Oliver Levin

TRN Wire: Elaine Hunt

Tiger Times Online: Jackson Hubbell

Niles West News: Sarah Pesaturo

The Stoga News:  Andrew Lidington



First Term Honors Project: Due November 10th

posted Oct 5, 2011, 7:54 AM by Mary Barber   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 8:45 AM ]

Choose another student-run website and become extremely familiar with it; visit it at least once a week for the rest of the term.  Pay particular attention to the section of that website that corresponds with your maestro section. For example, if you are working on Arts and Entertainment this term, focus on the website's Arts and Entertainment section design and articles.  Compare their section to WSPN's.  

- What does their site do better?  

- What do we do better?  

Analyze that section of the site for purpose, structure, and use of media.  Contact an editor from that site and interview him or her about the section. Make sure you keep a log of your daily or weekly findings that includes:

- the date and what you found,

 - as well as your thoughts about your findings. 

The format of this log is your choice (e.g. Googledoc, spreadsheet, etc.)

Report your findings to the class, including any insights as to how your findings can improve WSPN. Be prepared to display the site during your presentation.

Due November 9th at the beginning of class.  Please be prepared to present you findings.

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