Journalism Cheat Sheet
Cool sites
TweenTribune - comment on current events in the news
Test your skills - this student journalism branch of the ASNE gives 5-question quizzes to test your editing skills and journalism savvy.
Editing Skills - update your skills using AP style
Jimmy's World - an article for class... and how it happened
What to write about blog - ideas from the journalism institute at Indiana University

Editing & Design
My Design Online - program used by our printer to design the newspaper. Remember that you will need the class username and password. Email me if you forget.

Journalism Grammar Quizzes

News Organizations
Reuters - an international news site
ABC news online
MSNBC online news
FOX news online

Databases- for chapter 5
National Archives
PowerLibrary - access through internal connection
Pew Research Center - statistics for trends

Chapter 10 - Feature Stories
IUP journalism stories

Chapter 11 - Editorials
Tank Top Tiff
Opinion Writing

Chapter 17 - Advertising
Logical Fallacies
Fallacy examples
Fallacy Short List

Video Making

iMovie templates

Journalism II Assignments
Journalism II Project - Following a Columnist - Due 1/16/11!
Here are some helpful sites:
How to annotate an article
Annotation Example
Good and Bad Annotation Examples
Annotation help from Purdue's Writing Lab
Rhetorical Precis Sample
Precis Guide

Journalism II - Chapter 1
  • Read the article on the 1st Amendment
  • Go to the First Amendment Center website (Press section) and choose a topic. Select an article to read, research, and present to the class on Thursday.
  • Community article ideas due Friday.

Journalism II - Chapter 2
  • Summarize the court cases of Draudt vs. Wooster and Hosty vs. Carter
  • Determine the impact these cases had on student rights and high school journalism
  • Present your findings using a media production of your choice
  • Due Friday

Journalism II - Chapter 3
  • Choose five world news events or feature stories and localize them.
  • Present your findings using a media production of your choice.
  • Due Friday
Journalism II - Chapter 4
  • Conduct a Mock Interview
  • Write the three possible leads for this profile
  • Due Friday

Journalism II - Chapter 5
  • Choose several rules from the AP style manual to present to the class.
  • Add these rules to the wikipage
Journalism II - Chapter 6
  • Clip three good examples of direct news leads and three good examples of indirect news leads. Label each lead.
  • Clip an example of an inverted pyramid story. Draw an inverted pyramid to illustrate the points at which the story could logically be cut.
  • Clip an example of a story written in storytelling pattern of organization.

Journalism II - Chapter 7
  • On page 174, complete exercise 1-5 in the Your Beat column. Turn in for credit.

Journalism II - Chapter 8
  • On page 202, complete exercise 1-5 in the your Beat column. Turn in for credit.

Journalism II - Chapter 9
  • Watch a TV news program like 60 Minutes, Dateline or 48 Hours that specializes in in-depth reporting. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each story presented. Find a similar subject in a newspaper and compare the coverage.

Journalism II - Chapter 10
  • Musician Frank Zappa complained, "Most rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read." Do you agree or disagree? Why? Find examples of rock journalism that prove or disprove Zappa's assertion.
  • Popular rock journalism magazines include Rolling Stone and Spin.

Journalism II - Chapter 11
  • Find an editorial online from a reputable news source.
  • Write your own editorial response taking an opposing side. Make sure to include the four parts of an editorial.
  • Using the online editorial, write a letter to the Editor responding to the piece.

Journalism II - Chapter 12
  • Compare two different reviews of the same movie. Do you believe that either reviewer chose to dumb down his writing for increased readership? If so, give examples. Can a one-paragraph-long review or a thumbs-up rating on television ever be more than a label or tag line? What should the media do to offer more meaningful reviews?
  • Print the reviews to hand in with your analysis

Journalism II - Chapter 13
  • Respond to the 3 open forum questions on page 296 of your textbook. Be sure to include specific details about how you would handle the controversial situation as a journalist.
  • Because most schools have a difficult time keeping the sports pages timely, they typically do not use many sports features. Brainstorm a list of possible sports features a school could actually use.

Journalism II - Chapter 14
  • Create a photo portfolio that includes 10-12 the following types of shots: portrait, still life, landscape, breaking news, and reaction.
  • Collect 5 examples of excellent photojournalism (there are awards for it) and add it to your presentation.

Journalism II - Chapter 15
  • Design one page of the next issue using PageMaker and PhotoShop
  • OR if those programs are not installed on your computer, use publisher to create the page.
  • For both options, you can use articles from the shared folder.

Journalism II - Chapter 16
  • Create an infographic to accompany a story for the next issue

Journalism II - Chapter 17
  • Create an advertisement to encourage students to join Journalism
  • Dfilm - a simple animation website

The 2009-10 Results:
Justin, Hannah, and Emily

Journalism - Chapter 19
  • Create a parody broadcast similar to Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update using school and local news. Record it, and mix it using MovieMaker

Journalism - Chapter 20
  • Create your own blog that the rest of the class can follow. You need 5 posts.

Journalism - Chapter 21
  • Update our Twitter account with 5 events and photos

Mini Profiles for Twitter

Take Your Child to Work Day video 2016

Interview by Taylor Hartman & Hannah Kolmansberger

Rules for The Blue & White
a. The Powder Puff game during Homecoming; during a powder puff game it is common.... (two words, only capitalize it as a proper noun).
b. Lady Buffs

Street Addresses:
- Always spell out and capitalize First through Ninth. (Ex.) Second St., Third St., and Fourth St.
If the street number is higher than nine, write the numerals and ending subtitle. (Ex.) 12th St., 76th St., or 32nd St.
-The number of the house or building is always written using numerals. (Ex.) 745 Fourth St., 1274 15th St., or 112 11th St.

- When writing times always add p.m. or a.m. to the end, unless you state that an activity will be held at 6 in the evening or 9 in the morning because you are then indicating what time of day it is and do not need to specify that again. (Ex.) 3 p.m., 9 a.m., or 11:30 in the morning
It is best to say noon, instead of 12 p.m., and midnight, instead of 12 a.m., to be sure that the audience knows exactly what time you mean and can avoid getting them mixed up.

- When directly quoting someone put quotes around what the person said, adding a comma at the end of the quote but before the ending quotation mark, to credit the quote to the person. If you want to credit them before the quote have some sort of lead in, it could simply be this person says or that person explains, with the comma coming after the introduction and then your quote with a period, or other punctuation, at the end.
(Ex.) Mr. Smith explains, "This year will be a great one because we have a great group of students and I know they will do their best."
"I'm so glad I joined journalism," says Peter Pan.
Patrick Kenny states, "Make sure I am on studio the week of my birthday because I'm gonna make sure everyone knows!"


Clock time: 7:45 p.m.; however, do not use for on the hour times: 8 p.m., not 8:00 p.m.

The project Trevelyn said, would be unduly demanding. When attributing a direct quote, the comma is placed within the quotation mark: "I love my job, Editor Emily Busse said.

Dimensions an measurements: spell out "feet/foot," "inches/inches," "yard," "meter," "kilometer," ect. In more technical contexts, use an apostrophe to indicate feet and quote marks for inches (10'2"). The only measurement to abbreviate in the metric system is millimeter (mm) which is only acceptable if it referrs to film width or it involves weapons.

adjectives derived from proper manes many not be capitalized, as in french fries, venetian blinds, french toast; but American and English as adjectives, as well as Arabic numerals, and Roman numerals are exceptions and should be capitalized.

Do NOT use comma between the state and ZIP code in an address.
Use double quotation marks to enclose titles of: motion pictures, plays, songs, speeches, video games, and TV programs.

Abbreviations and Acronyms:
Abbreviate only to simplify and clarify content
What to abbreviate:
-High school names if understood; ex. MUHS for Marysville Union High School
-Junior and senior after full names; ex. John Jones Sr. , John Jones Jr.
-Months of the year when used with specific dates; ex. Jan. Feb., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., but not March, April, May, June, or July.
-Organization and government names; ex. FFA, FBI, FBLA, PTO, NASA, and ROTC
-Time of Day; ex. a.m. or p.m.
What not to abbreviate
-Cents; ex. 45 cents, not $.45, 45 cts.
-Christmas, never us Xmas
-Days of the week; ex. Monday, not Mon.
-Write percent as one word; ex. 45 percent, not 45 per cent
-Degrees: bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a doctorate; ex. B.A., M.A., LL.D., and Ph.D.
-Names of foreign countries

2. Links to TechKnow Lessons- Information about counting pages, preparing images, using design software, etc.

3. Glossary of Newspaper Terms - A generic list of terms you should know.