These playful multi-session sprints are packed with activities and exercises with an over-arching theme to get students thinking about journalism in new ways.
News Product Design Sprint
This two-session design sprint will help familiarize students with the design thinking process through a series of exercises geared towards imagining equitable, audience-first news products that serve their target audience’s information needs.
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EXERCISES & ASSIGNMENTS
At Journalism + Design, we've developed exercises and assignments to reach journalism students in new ways. The activities below explore key principles and practices of journalism through a lens of playful experimentation. Students are encouraged to develop a journalistic process that includes acting collaboratively, thinking systemically, and always being imaginative.
These exercises and assignments are modular and can be used with any level of journalism student. Educators should feel free to tweak the specifics of the assignment while making use of the playful structure upon which they are built.
Fairy Tale Ledes
Students use classic fairy tales to learn what makes a good headline, what makes a good lede, how to judge which information is the most important in a story, and the role of perspective in news reporting. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
What Is News?
Students explore how to filter hard news from feature news, straight news from commentary, and fact-based journalism from opinion. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Interviewing 101: The Sit-Down
Students observe interviews and understand what makes a good, empathetic interviewer, what makes a good interview question, and how to encourage an interview subject to open up. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Interviewing 101: The Vox Pop
Students experience street reporting and develop a collaborative approach to conducting on-the-spot interviews with strangers. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Interviewing 102: The Transcript
Students practice turning an interview into an original story by separating important ideas from trivial ones, identifying key quotes, picking up on nuance, and recognizing when to paraphrase. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Story Development: Look, Listen, Map
Students develop story ideas by closely observing an environment or subject and applying different information-collecting techniques. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
The Elevator Pitch
Students hone their ability to pitch a compelling story and learn how to give focused and effective feedback. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Meet the Audience
Students learn about the importance of knowing their audience and incorporating an audience perspective into the reporting process.
Empower the Audience
Students consider what the audience will do after consuming their stories, and explore how journalism can engage and empower communities.
Mapping and Observing
Students explore how deep observation can be a powerful tool for journalists and practice different methods of observation.
Mind-Mapping and Storyboarding
Students create “mind maps” of their stories, look for new ideas and connections, and create a storyboard based on their findings.
Systems Thinking: Visualize the Systems in Your Reporting
Students will understand how to trace individual events to larger policies, structures, and ideas, and think about ways that journalism could provide additional context for these events. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Systems Thinking: Capture, Cluster, Connect
Students learn how to dig deeper into complex issues, to better understand the different forces at play and how those forces are interconnected. (Or, view in Google Slides .)
Systems Thinking: Stakeholder Mapping
Students continue to apply systems thinking to their reporting by identifying key stakeholders in a story and recognizing how that can deepen their understanding of an issue. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Systems Thinking: Longreads Analysis
Students learn a new framework for understanding and analyzing stories through a systems thinking lens by reading and analyzing a long-form piece of journalism. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Systems Thinking: Surfacing Underlying Patterns in a System
Students will discover the feedback loops that drive the systems they will be reporting on. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Systems Thinking: Community Engagement
Students use their stakeholder maps to consider how reporting can better meet their information needs. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Systems Thinking: Develop A North Star
Students are given the opportunity to think about what constitutes success for their work, and the role and impact reporting has in communities. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Systems Thinking: What's at Stake and How to Address It
Using the map created in Capture, Cluster, Connect , students will use the SAT Model to analyze the forces in their system. (Or, view in Google Slides ).
Live Journalism Brainstorm
Students use a collaboration framework to develop a live event, learning both best practices for collaborating and how to turn journalism into an experience.
Jacob’s Ladder Ledes
Students use a different aspect of their stories to rewrite their ledes, learning how to be flexible and gaining a better understanding of narrative structure.
Layouts and Wireframes
Students use wireframes to scrutinize the underlying structures of their news sources and how those structures determine what types of stories can be told.
Newspapers and Community
Students will explore how community newspapers have historically served their audiences.
Students explore a professional code of ethics and think through scenarios for how and when these principles apply.
Style Guide, Style Hunt
Students will understand why journalism makes use of style guides and how to sort through various online style guides for different topics.
Developing Community Agreements
Students and faculty create a set of classroom guidelines for effective communication in person and virtually, with the goal of building inclusive, equitable and trusting learning environments.
These evaluation tools can help assess student understanding of design processes and how they are applied to journalism practice. Use them at the end of a project as a tool for assessment or reflection.
J+D Process Rubric
A tool to evaluate student understanding and use of the integrated design and reporting process.
J+D Self-Assessment Rubric
A tool for students to evaluate their own performance on a team in a collaborative project.
J+D Collaboration Peer Assessment Rubric
A tool for a students to evaluate teammates’ performance in a collaborative project.
Want to use the J+D model for your own exercises? Here’s an Activity Template and Checklist to help you build your own.
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5 of the First Activities and Lessons for Journalism Class
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1. staff interview activity, 2. staff bio, 3. collaborative news story, 4. the news determinants, 5. ap style writing.
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EXERCISES & ASSIGNMENTS · Fairy Tale Ledes · What Is News? · Interviewing 101: The Sit-Down · Interviewing 101: The Vox Pop · Interviewing 102: The Transcript · Story
2Subjects: Journalism, Language Arts, Social Studies Estimated Time: One 45-minute class period Grade Level: Upper Elementary, Middle and High School
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