The Newsroom Project

Project Overview

Over the course of the semester, we will create an online media platform to showcase student journalism. We will learn about what it means to create a readership and following in the modern area and explore the ethics and laws around journalism and sharing information. 

Learning Goals

At the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • Use the writing process to create multiple published pieces for a targeted audience.

  • Execute the roles and responsibilities of a specific job akin to one a person might hold in an online media company. 

  • Understand the complexity of the media’s role in storytelling.

  • Examine the ways truths are presented and manipulated. 

  • Identify the interests of their audience and publish content that is engaging and widely read.

  • Write a piece that clearly expresses an opinion. 

Check out the news website the students put together!

  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.5
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

Key Project Takeaways:
  • Students able to write about what they want

  • Connect to local San Diego issues

  • Weekly pitches

  • Working in a group of two

  • The power journalists have in supporting the people and holding the government accountable

Final Products
  • Finalized 1st Individual Piece

    • polished written piece that is 500-750 words

    • published on class media account 

    • must be on topics covered in science class (ecocide, human impact on the environment, climate change, pollution, plastics) 

    • Must have data and statistics covered in wills class

    • Must have a graph/table chart showing collected data

 

  • Large Secondary Individual Piece (with our approval and the editorial board)

    • On topic of student’s choice

    • Must have a personal connection

    • One of the following

      • Written article 500-700 words 

      • Political cartoon

      • Photojournalism piece

      • Podcast

      • Short Video

 

  • Weekly smaller pieces (250 - 500 words) published onto the website-9 total drafts submitted each Friday.

    • Process folder specific to role detailing and demonstrating the learning over the course of the semester

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.8
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.9
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.