Understanding the Basics of News Reporting

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Step into the shoes of a newscast director with a media analysis activity. High schoolers look over vocabulary for news media before deciding which three of five stories they'd want to air on tonight's news, based on exclusivity, viewer interest, and availability of footage. They then study the front pages of both local and national newspapers to rate each story's newsworthiness and position on the coveted front page.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Set up small newscast groups for the first activity, and have them decide which three stories they will air; then prompt them to defend their position to groups who made different decisions
  • Establish media stations in which groups rotate through the different activities
Classroom Considerations
  • Bring in enough newspapers for each individual, pair, or group to use, as they only need the front page
  • Part of a larger unit on media literacy; works on its own or in context with the previous lessons on newscasts and print news
  • Provide your own extension activities to keep readers engaged
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  • Role play activity is engaging and informative
  • Incorporates both television and print news into an analysis lesson
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Common Core