Summer Work


Required Readings

posted Jun 20, 2012, 8:51 AM by janet_karman@wayland.k12.ma.us   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 9:34 AM ]

Summer Reading Assessment -- Due 9/11/12:

   

In a Google doc that you call “Telling stories: evaluation, analysis, and application” and share with Ms. Karman (Janet_Karman@wayland.k12.ma.us and Mrs. Barber (Mary_Barber@wayland.k12.ma.us) , please do the following:

 

A. For each reading section (listed below):

 

    1.  Provide that reading’s title;

 

    2.  Express the main point (s) of that reading.

 

B. Then, in a paragraph or two, discuss which of the sections you found most helpful and why, AND

     which section had the most interesting way of expressing its point, and why. (For “why,” you will want to talk about the style it’s written in).

 

C.  Finally, suggest how any part of the reading could be applied to your articles/videos/photos, to our class, or to WSPN in general.


Please bring a copy of your Google doc to class on Tuesday, September 11th. 


Telling Stories sections:

 

p.3 -- "Stories Matter"

p.14 -- "Difficult Journalism That's Slap-Up Fun"

p. 19 -- "Introduction"

p.20 -- "Finding Good Topics: A Writer's Questions"

p. 22 -- "Finding Good Topics: An Editor's Questions"

p. 24 -- "Reporting for Narrative: Ten Tips"

p. 28 -- "To Tape or Not to Tape"

p.  30 -- "Interviewing: Accelerated Intimacy"

p. 34 -- "The Psychological Interview"

p. 35 -- "Participatory Reporting: Sending Myself to Prison"

p.39 -- "Being There"

p. 45 -- "Not Always Being There"

p. 100 -- "To Begin the Beginning"

p. 104 -- "Hearing Our Subjects' Voices: Quotes and Dialogue"

p. 128 -- "Details Matter"

p. 148 -- "How I Get to the Point"

p. 212 -- "How to Come Up Short"



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   For the summer, you will be reading excerpts from Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer's Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, edited by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call, and published by Penguin.  You can get the book on a Nook from the media center if you go in tomorrow (Thursday, June 21st).  You can also get the book at most libraries or from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  While it’s not essential to own the book, we do feel it’s a worthwhile book to own, and we will be having other readings from the book throughout next school year.

 

    This reading is a total of about 47 pages and come from a variety of writers -- journalists, novelists and screenwriters.  We encourage you to read other sections that interest you; here are the sections you should have read by the first week of school in September:

 

p.3 -- "Stories Matter"
p.14 -- "Difficult Journalism That's Slap-Up Fun"
p. 19 -- "Part II: Finding, Researching, and Reporting Topics" -- all readings through page 45.
p. 100 -- "To Begin the Beginning"
p. 104 -- "Hearing Our Subjects' Voices: Quotes and Dialogue"
p. 128 -- "Details Matter"
p. 148 -- "How I Get to the Point"
p. 212 -- "How to Come Up Short"

 

Be prepared to discuss these sections (take notes, underline or mark with stickies). 

 

Happy reading!

 

OPTIONAL Summer Work 2011

posted Jun 3, 2011, 12:33 PM by Mary Barber   [ updated Jun 20, 2012, 10:35 AM ]

As members of the Wayland High School journalism team and WSPN, we will need to start early in September with content for our site.  If you have never written articles or taken video or photos for a journalism website before, here’s your opportunity to get a head start on some basics.  

Over the summer, we suggest you explore some FREE self-directed courses at NewsU.  Each course is variable in length.  You don’t have to do a class all in one sitting; you can stop and start as much as you’d like.  The courses we have suggested are produced by the Poynter Institute News University, a wonderful resource for budding journalists.

We have suggested some course options available to you, by journalism level.
Please see the list below.  Once you are finished with a course - email Ms. Karman and Ms. Barber the course report.  You will see instructions once you are enrolled in the class.
If you do not have an account yet, just follow the instructions for creating an account.  You need to provide a username and password and personal information but you do not need to give any other information. 
 


The instructions for how to access the courses are in the attachment below.  Please contact Mrs. Barber if you have any difficulty accessing your course.  She can be reached at (617) 901-5826 or at her email: mary_barber@wayland.k12.ma.us.

Journalism 1:                   Course 1, 2  and 4.  (optional 3 and 5)
Journalism 2, 3, and 4:    Course 3, 4, and 5  (optional 1, 2 and 6)

Courses:


  1. News Sense: The Building Blocks of News
  2. The Be A Reporter Game
  3. Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling
  4. The Writer’s Workbench: 50 Tools You Can Use
  5. Best of Photojournalism: What Makes a Winner
  6. Be an Editor (advanced)

Please follow the link below to register and log into the class:

https://www.newsu.org/

When complete, email Ms. Karman and Ms. Barber the course report.  You will see instructions once you are enrolled in the class.
If you do not have an account yet, just follow the instructions for creating an account.  You need to provide a username and password and personal information but you do not need to give any other information. 


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