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Ledes, Focus and Journalistic Values

Exploration of journalistic basics begins with the traditional news lede and expands to the variety of delayed ledes used to convey information, capture reader interest and enhance comprehension. The focus of feature pieces is analyzed in “The Homecoming.” Discussion of journalistic values and the freedoms of speech and press are based in recent actions.

NIE Curriculum Guides

Media informs the public of events and situations that occur at home and around the globe. Couched within the news and features are problems to be solved and opportunities for adults and children to make a difference.

Through Washington Post articles, commentary and suggested activities, we ask students to consider the importance of the arts in a democracy. Who should fund the work of artists, theatrical performances and exploration into the healing potential of the arts? In what ways can scholastic journalists cover fine and performing arts events in their community? Can a society afford not to support artistic endeavors?

Students are encouraged to observe their environment as artists, scientists and consumers. Articles, commentary, weather data and editorial cartoons address threatened and endangered animals, energy sources, environmental policy and climate change. Several approaches and resources are provided for further research and observation.

Freedom of the press requires journalists to be ethical, accurate and fair in their coverage. Freedom of the press demands readers expect reporters to respect their subjects, sources and readers, following a story to inform honestly. Guidelines for identifying true from fake news, student activities and Post articles, guest commentary and editorial cartoons provide resources for educators.

Campaign 2016

Campaign 2016 provides avenues for diverse study. At the foundation are candidates’ speeches, actions and policies, and party platforms. Understanding polls and their influence, analyzing political cartoons and political ads and using social media form another strand of study. Considering bellwether Indiana towns and a Virginia town that lacks enough candidates to run for office, defining issues and using original documents offer more challenges for students.

Budget and Manage Health Care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, focuses attention on the role of federal and state governments, insurance companies, businesses and individuals in providing for health care, from preventive care to benefits of insurance coverage and the use of technology to enroll citizens. Students locate the facts, analyze the issues, study different stances, explore explanatory journalism and use a variety of media to express their points of view.

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