Media Arts,

Columnists are informed opinion writers with a distinct voice and style. They have the same ethical and journalistic standards as reporters but add a particular perspective gained through experience, education and a passion for the topic. Columns are strong models for student composition development.

  Having accurate and lucid weather information is essential to the safety, economic viability and comfort of a community. Severe weather, in addition to the immeasurable loss of life, costs billions in loss of personal and business property. The Post's Capital Weather Gang provides weather information through multiple platforms.

Analyze and write ledes, explore how focus may change a feature story and consider the journalist's role in maintaining the freedoms of press and speech through the suggested activities and reprinted Post pieces in this month’s guide.

 

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. Users of news must also think and apply guidelines for identifying true from fake news. As stated in The Post’s masthead: Democracy Dies in Darkness.

Personal notes and business letters are important forms of communication, documentation and records for historians and sociologists. Beginning with “Dear Colleagues” letters, our You and Your Rights lesson focuses on transgender student access to school bathrooms.

During the presidential election years, students have the opportunity to observe democracy in action — primary votes and caucuses, local speeches and televised debates, spin and social media. Press coverage of candidates through editorial boards, reporters, photographers and commentators serves the public's right to know in order to make their own decisions.

Forming and asking questions is an essential skill of reporters. It has application in many life situations and career paths.

In 2016, a significant Supreme Court case, executive action and congressional consideration of an omnibus bill all focus on aspects of juvenile justice. Explore the history of punishment, advances in rehabilitation and changes in confinement of youth.

The religion beat crosses over many areas — from art to conflicts at home and around the globe, to tourism and zoos. 

The Washington Post Magazine informs, entertains and provides new perspectives and approaches to better living. Scholastic journalists can find models and inspiration to enhance their community coverage.

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