The Role of Journalism in 21st Century Learning Skills and Common Core Curriculum

The Role of Journalism in 21st Century Learning Skills and Common Core Curriculum



critical thinking is everything we do in this room you use it to solve problems with people you use it to design spreads and write stories and without critical thinking I don't there'd be no learning in journalism critical thinking is a an important part because you always have to be on top of your game and you always have to be able to think of new ideas I think we work like kind of like a democracy we bounce ideas off of each other and then work from those ideas to build something totally new and what works best for us I think broadcast journalism and the thinking process transfers over to anything we I do at least in life I think it's changed the way I think it's at a higher level just like with a story anything in life you need a plan a B and C but when you think at a higher level you need its DNF to me journalism is all about learning how to express yourself clearly because you have to communicate your story to a broad audience that may or may not know what you're talking about I think it's great because it allows us to think and expand on how we should present news to our student body that kind of clarity and that form of expression it teaches you how to communicate anything whether it's you know you're trying to convey some strong emotion through a poem or a story it's all just about how to connect with other people it's art if you think about it you know you're taking something from scratch an idea and you're making a physical video out of it that who knows millions can see I think that's one of the coolest aspects about journalism that everybody can see your work at one point in time you have to make your point really clear you only have like one time to state it and if the audience doesn't get it everything from there is downhill so I've really learned that like to get quick to the point answers or like you know make what I want to say really evident because people the audience doesn't have a chance to ask oh what do you mean please clarify please explain I've learned well two things patience and time management I think that those are two really important things that you need just like a universal life skill because things don't go right expect everything to go wrong because that way you will always be prepared roll it take it in broadcast journalism we collaborate on basically everything we do even though two people's name are technically on the package there was at least a dozen students who are responsible for some part of it students critique students which is really helpful for learning they get advice on voiceover writing they get critiques on their footage and the quality of their interview questions and the idea is that people are inspired to work their hardest to maybe become a leader the next year collaborate with each other by being coaches not by being bosses so that's like a good way to tie it into a bigger thing yes okay so by quantity critiquing we make sure we keep learning so when we write our scripts for our live broadcast we can put them to it on a Dropbox file or we can upload our scripts to our Google account and instantly the entire staff can see them and it keeps it so streamlined because of this producers can help team members during the process of their package three four different people are editing at one time we can be on the phone with each other at home and all be making changes so even when I'm not in class and I'm at home I'm able to critique their work and give them advice along the way journalism fosters creativity because you always have to look for new ways to write articles instead of just writing them in paragraph form we often have to put in infographics or pictures or art to better convey the story to the readers because we want it to be as readable as possible and not super boring or super text heavy and we want things to be short and concise but still interesting on opinions it's really about not just having the information but processing it and being able to interpret it with your own voice and so it really teaches me how to be an active citizen and he just you to think for yourself like with what I'm doing now like I'm making because I read it like a book over the summer about happiness and it really interested me so I was like okay so I can make like a video about this and kind of explore it even more so now I'm interviewing people about happiness and what it means to them and that's I think this is like one of my favorite projects I've ever done because it's something that really interests me and I'm able to do it with something that I love which is video the video making process is a very rewarding one because you spend so much time creating these videos people think oh it's an easy thing we can throw it together really quickly but the amount of detail in the amount of time we put into it it's really a labor of love and so when you are able to say I finished a project and I'm proud of it and to turn it in into a have it air there's really this feeling of pride and accomplishment that we don't necessarily get from our other classes at school because it's being broadcast to the world the first thing you learn ilysm that you really learn is teamwork working with others you have to be able to work with others to be in journalism and that's one of the first skills that I think transferred over to other classes because because of journalism I knew how to work with other people so then when it came to other classes working with other people I knew had to handle it like if people weren't working I'd already been in these situations I'd already like I knew how to deal with them better those skills have definitely helped me in other classes like I'm not afraid to go up to a teacher and talk to them because I've had to do it in journalism classes when you're interviewing people or when you need to go get information you can't really be like timid you have to be able to go up and talk to them if you want information for your short at the end of the day were one staff that creates one new show as cheesy it sounds that we're only as strong as our weakest link we're really like family in this class and we all try to pick each other up and help each other and we don't want to see anyone fail when you come into the journalism room the ideas and possibilities on everything that journalism revolves around are endless

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