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Flashback: Lessons on avoiding sloppy reporting

Posted by on Oct 24, 2020 in Blog, Ethical Issues, Mission, Policy, Teaching | 0 comments


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Semantics can strengthen reporting

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments


by Stan Zoller, MJE

When President Trump was hospitalized recently with COVID-19, it was, to say the least, interesting to watch the briefings from the medical professionals attending to him.

It was evident their words were chosen carefully – so carefully I couldn’t help but think of the late S.I. Hayakawa. 

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Having supportive administrators is not a fairytale

Posted by on Oct 9, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

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by Teresa Scribner, CJE, Cleveland STEM High School Seattle, Washington

Once upon a time, there were three administrators. These warriors stood for racial equality, social justice and making sure all students in their school felt safe, seen and heard. They were champions of student voice, advocates of the school’s journalism program and defenders of student press rights.

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Voting: the meaning of being a citizen in a troubled era

Posted by on Oct 4, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

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These lessons and activities about covering elections can help journalism students plan a path to understanding issues, providing for civic engagement and developing leadership

Election Day this year is of monumental importance whether it might be a person’s twentieth time to vote or another’s first.

Given the pandemic that allows medical and health issues to impact political, social and economic phases of society, Nov. 3, 2020 will be a harbinger of things to come.

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Teaching law and ethics so it MEANS something

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Your cartoonist decides to poke gentle (?!) fun at the football team, which has had a dismal season. His art shows a football player, talking to a cheerleader. She asks, “How do you expect to do in the game tonight?” He answers, “We beat St. Eds six weeks ago.” She then asks, “How did you do against East Aurora last week?” He repeats, “We beat St. Eds six weeks ago.” And so on, covering all the weeks of the season so far. The coach, who is trying to build up the team’s sagging morale, is livid and berates the newspaper staff in the Friday pep assembly. How do you respond to him?

by Candace Bowen, MJE

Teaching law and ethics isn’t easy. Most beginning teachers have discovered the hard way that some methods just don’t work. JEA members taking the MJE certification test often have spent far too much time wrestling with the question that asked for a three-week lesson plan on the topic and not having enough time to answer the rest of the questions.*

For instance, dividing their journalism class into groups and having each research a scholastic media court case is one that sounds good at first but often bombs. Sure, they can report on the armbands the Tinkers and Chris Eckhardt wore and end with the famous line: “Students (and teachers – they often forget that part) don’t shed their constitutional rights … at the schoolhouse gate.”

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