That is a great lesson idea.
Have some discussions on John Stossel’s reporting style vs. Jerry Rivers’ reporting style, just for fun!..........
Another thing that you should try to instill in the budding young journalists’ minds is:
FACT CHECKING!....Never ASSUME something is true, just because someone else told you, or you read it on some blog somewhere.
Many of today’s crop of so-called journalists are spoon fed info like baby formula. PRESS RELEASES are not FACT SHEETS!....FEELINGS are not THOUGHTS!.........
That’s another thing, FEELINGS.....That has become the most trite question in all of journaldom (dumb?).
“How do you FEEL about that, Mrs. Smith?”....BAH! Who gives a rat’s hind quarter! Ask about THOUGHTS, not FEELINGS!
rwfromkansas, You have the power to start to UN-DO the last 50 years damage by liberal journalism professors in this country. I envy you, and wish you ALL THE LUCK IN GOD’s BEAUTIFUL WORLD, because you’re really gonna need it......
First day of class:
Okay class, I want each of you to write a 50-100 word PARAGRAPH about:
WHY I WANT TO BE A JOURNALIST
Then see how many, nearly 100% I’d wager, start off with:
I want to make a difference
I want to change the world.
The one who writes:
I want to reveal the truth.
will be your star pupil...........