Introduction to Journalism

by Dianne Smith


Course Description:

Introduction to Journalism is a basic entrance to the world of journalistic writing and design which can be used with any journalism textbook, or it can serve as a guide to using printed and online periodicals as a study of modern-day journalism. Class activities and individual and group projects will focus the students toward communicating with a mass audience through newspapers, television and other media. Students will learn approaches to factual and persuasive writing in a variety of formats, as well as visual approaches to information presentation. The book offers a basic but expandable approach to the teaching of journalism, providing a level of confidence for beginning teachers and a starting point for more experienced teachers. A pacing guide and daily lesson plans offer a structured approach, with the addition of "wild card" days where reteaching, practicing skills, viewing related movies or discussing related printed materials, or the teacher's choice of enhancement activities are options for the class.

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This thorough curriculum could guide even someone totally unfamiliar with journalism to plan, teach and evaluate a worthwhile course; evaluate students fairly and significantly; and learn from the experience. The amount of material is overwhelming but any teacher working with the material could choose what to use, what to adapt to local circumstances and what could realistically be taken on by both teacher and students. The book does what it promises to do. It could prove vital to preserving journalism in secondary schools as they go wanting for experienced teachers in the field. The writing is clear, the information is current, I'm not aware of any book as exhaustive.
--Wayne Brasler, Journalism Department Chair, University of Chicago Lab School; Author of The Newspaper Guide Book, published by the National Scholastic Press Association.

Let me say that I absolutely LOVE the materials and only wish I had had them for the begining of this year.  FANTASTIC support, excellent resources, and completely up to date for all of the latest content standards and essential knowledge and skills.  Dianne Smith is fantastic and what an excellent teacher.  I shall use this resource and these materials for a long long time. -- Thomas J. Kaup CJE, NBPTS, Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School

Complete Teacher Manual and Student Book - pricing below

Table of Contents:

  1. An Overview
  2. A Matter of Facts
  3. Interviewing and Other News Gathering Techniques
  4. Feature Writing
  1. Sports Writing
  2. A Matter of Opinion
  3. It's All in Your Head
  4. Typography and Graphics
  5. Using Photos
  1. Advertising
  2. Newspaper Design
  3. Planning and Designing the Yearbook
  4. Writing for Broadcast
  5. Newspaper Production

These instructional support materials (available in print or eBook versions), regularly updated, cover the complete course (at regular, honors, AP and IB levels), whether it be semester, year or 2-year (IB) with daily support for all aspects of instruction. The Teacher’s Edition includes a syllabus; correlation to standards; daily pacing guide; detailed daily lesson plans; teacher edition of student activity book or lab manual with answers; class notes in PDF (for use as color overheads) and/or editable PowerPoint's (for use with light projector or smartboard); and complete editable assessments. Classroom sets include 25 printed student books and Teacher Edition with DVD. Samples are available for each course (including complete short-term limited screen view versions in eBook format upon request). After purchase of the Teacher Edition in any of the various editions, student activity books or lab manuals are available for individual purchase. Although the online eBook version is screen view only, other versions are available that allow printing student material. Click here for details.

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Teacher Edition Subscription - eBook Version
screen view files only, typically purchased with student eBooks, timely delivery to qualified purchasers, includes 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher
Qty: $279 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-626-1
Teacher Edition Subscription Printed Version
Teacher Manual
Includes 3 times email access
to a mentoring teacher.
Qty: $349 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-075-7
Class Set with perpetual license - Printed Version
includes printed teacher manual, 25 printed student books and 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher.
Qty: $999 US

Page count is Teacher Edition and number of Student Books.
Class Set download files
ISBN: 978-1-59657-627-8
Student eBook
screen view files only, timely delivery to qualified purchasers
Qty: $24 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-528-8
Printed Student Book
concurrent or prior Teacher Edition purchase is required.
Qty: $30 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-076-4
Mentoring Teacher Program Subscription
This subscription allows for 25 times email
access to the mentoring teacher
for 370 days or end of next school year whichever is longer if purchased after Dec. 1
concurrent or prior Teacher Edition purchase is required
Qty: $200 US

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