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High School Journalism Awards Contest

Entries must be received at The Free Lance—Star building at 616 Amelia Street in downtown Fredericksburg by
5 p.m. April 24, 2015.
Put to the attention of Colleen Beirne.

Newspaper Exchange - Digital Sites

Click the link to view the school's digital newspaper.

Chancellor High School: www.spotsyschools.us/chhs/Community/Publications/tabid/4121/Default.aspx

Brooke Point High School: www.thebpnetwork.com

King George High School: users.kgcs.k12.va.us/blogit/foxfire/

Spotsylvania High School: www.theknighttimes.com

High School Journalism Matters

The latest study from the NAA Foundation shows a positive link between high school journalism and academic achievement. Click here for the executive summary.

Journalism Resources

Virtual Lawyer The Student Press Law Center’s Virtual Lawyer is ready to conduct a short online interview with you that will assist it in finding general answers to your media law questions and/or direct you to the best resources for additional information.

Coaching Tomorrow's Journalists This ONLINE course, developed in partnership with NewsU at The Poynter Institute, outlines a variety of ways to capture the attention of rookie reporters and shape their training. You'll learn what to say (and what not to say) when offering feedback, and you'll have access to colleagues who share your joys as well as your challenges in working with eager young journalists.

American Society of Newspaper Editors ASNE

Journalism Education Association JEA


News University Online training for journalists and journalism students

Beginning Reporting For beginning reporters and their teachers. By Jim Hall, The Free Lance-Star

Give Them the Keys
This guide is organized by units, so teachers can pick and choose what works in conjunction with their curriculum and students. Each unit includes several lessons that can be taught consecutively in two, three, four or five days, or used independently. Each lesson is specifically designed to include instructional objectives, applicable standards, a list of materials, an anticipatory set, instructional procedures, a formative assessment for each lesson within a unit and resources associated with that particular lesson, if applicable. Adaptations and accommodations for ELL students and those with special learning needs are provided, as well as summative assessment tools.(126 pages, modified, adapted and reprinted from a 2002 edition of "Give Them the Keys", NAA Foundation, 2011)
"Not only is [this] a good resource, I plan on stealing it before it comes out. I'm getting ready to teach editorial writing and this will actually make it much easier to do. The information is excellent!" Sue Gill, journalism teacher, Stafford High School

Multigenre Research Projects
Twenty one-page lessons with rubrics show students how to write and produce the many genres used in the newspaper. Topics include editorial, feature story, hard news, advice column, sports article, reviews, summaries, info-graphics, ads, and more. Students use this knowledge to produce a newspaper as a Multigenre Research Project on a curriculum topic.

Newspapers Inspire and Enlighten
A great resource for introducing students to newspapers. Topics include news gathering, newspaper sections, types of writing, advertising, production, history, careers and terms.

Press Ahead! A Teacher’s Guide to Creating Student Newspapers
This guide serves as both a teaching tool and a planning guide. It includes background on the different elements of a newspaper and a planning guide for students to produce their own newspapers.

High Five 2012 - The NAA Foundation, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, developed High Five in an effort to address concerns about student achievement. High Five provides an integrated, three-unit curriculum that includes reading, writing, journalism, grammar, linguistics and visual literacy. All materials are age-appropriate for middle-school students. The curriculum uses the daily newspaper as a textbook and information source. Each unit, aligned to Common Core State Standards, is designed to be used as a stand-alone piece. However, the power of the curriculum lies in interrelated concepts presented in the individual units.

Just Think - a newspaper activity guide that focuses on the development of higher-level thinking skills in children. (34 pages - the activities in this guide focus on the top three levels of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation. NAA Foundation, 2004)

Keep It Real - Students of all ages like learning about the real world, and real-world reading requires the ability to read and understand informational text. The newspaper is the ultimate informational text. This guide was developed by Dr. Sherrye Garrett and has 10 ready-to-use lessons for middle and high school students and a separate version for use at the elementary level. (50 pages - NAA Foundation 2006) (5 promotional ads (2 column x 10 inches) to promote and highlight "Keep it Real")

Mastering the Message: Performance Assessment Activities for Understanding Media - designed to help students gain control of media messages by analyzing them and then creating messages of their own. (58 pages - first 49, teachers' guide, last 8 - Family Activity Guide - Good for intermediate through high school - NAA Foundation, 1996)

N The News - a set of eight curriculum units that encompass lesson plans, subject content, activities and assessment tools, designed to utilize the daily newspaper as a teaching tool in the journalism classroom. (59 pages - NAA Foundation, 2005)

Newspaper Jargon - This glossary of newspaper terms will help increase the understanding of the terms and acronyms that may be unique to the newspaper industry. This informatuon was compiled with contributions from the Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY and from CCI Press. (14 pages - Hundreds of definitions - NYNPA NIE Program, 2006)

Now I Get It! - This guide provides a variety of lessons and activities to help students develop their comprehension skills. The materials are for both middle and high school students and special activities are included for elementary students. There are a total of 12 lesson plans with student activity sheets. (67 pages - includes current comprehension skills research and national standards for reading comprehension. NAA Foundation, 2007. Plus, 5 in-paper ads (2 column x 10 inches) for use with families at home.


The website, Vocabulary University, was created in May '97 with the idea that free puzzles with pleasing, interactive graphics would draw participants into learning vocabulary words at all levels. The site to go to is http://www.myvocabulary.com/