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High School Journalism: A Practical Guide

High School Journalism: A Practical Guide by Jim Streisel

High School Journalism: A Practical Guide by Jim Streisel

Published in the spring of 2007 through McFarland Publishing, this book is a labor of love for me. I am passionate about good storytelling and good journalism, and this book encompasses that passion in one easy-to-use guide. As a journalism teacher, it was frustrating for me to find just one book that covered all aspects of journalism – from information gathering to alternative coverage to packaging and design. Too often I had to supplement the information from our own textbooks with tons of additional information from outside sources. My goal when starting this project was to provide all of that information in one place.

Here’s a breakdown of the sections:

Information gathering:
Includes chapters of interviewing, observation and research.

Discussion and examples of narrative journalism as well as in-depth breakdowns of writing examples to show how all of the parts fit together. Includes my six-step hierarchy of editing.

Alternative coverage:
Also called infographics or sidebar information, this section addresses the need for young journalists to provide more visual coverage for their more visual readers. Includes an A-to-Z listing of examples.

Packaging and design:
Illustrates the terminology of design and photography and shows how to put designs together to greater enhance the angle of the stories they support. Shows sample pages and discusses what each does well and how each could still be better.

And more:
What journalism book would be complete without chapters on opinion writing (including editorial cartooning), law and ethics and the Web? You’ll find these chapters and more in my book.

Scholastic Web Journalism:
Connecting with Readers in a Digital World

Published as an eBook in spring 2009 through McFarland Publishing.

Scholastic Web Journalism by Jim Streisel

Scholastic Web Journalism: Connecting with Readers in a Digital World by Jim Streisel

As scholastic publications move online, they need practical advice about how to get there. Essential for both teachers and students, this book guides the reader through the shift to the web by discussing today’s audiences, how to write and blog on the web, the law as it pertains to online publications, website design, staff organization, the future of scholastic web journalism, and more.

Here’s a breakdown of the sections:

The audiences of tomorrow:
A discussion of the trends and changes in today’s media consumers.

Examples of writing for the web, including step-by-step instructions on how to write breaking news and news updates for websites, as well as how to write news blogs.

Journalism law and the Web:
No discussion of scholastic web journalism would be complete without a rundown of the laws that govern a school news organization’s website and the differences (if any) between those laws and the laws that govern its print publication.

Web design:
Using examples from award-winning scholastic news websites from around the country, this section illustrates the terminology of Web design and shows how staffs can incorporate the myriad of multimedia choices into their sites.

And more:
In addition to the chapters listed above, you’ll find information on how to get started on the Web, how to organize a news staff that encompasses web responsibilities, speculation about the future of journalism and much more.

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