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Journalistic podcasting

By Kristy Garcia
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"What makes something newsworthy and why is it important to engage with current/community events?"

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Core Understandings
  • Responsible journalism involves a newsworthy topic, good research, writing and attribution.
  • Technology can be an effective way to communicate to a wider audience.
  • What you put on the internet affects how people perceive you (it's not private).
  • Credibility as a newspaper reporter is a valuable characteristic that can be developed through careful reporting and good interpersonal interactions.
Learning Objectives
  • students will create, edit and publish a 5-15 minute podcast
  • students will apply appropriate writing and journalistic style and conventions to their podcasts
  • students will develop an appropriate topic, interview relevant sources and learn how to research topics thoroughly using reliable sources
  • students will compose and revise their podcast based on peer/teacher feedback
  • students will use garageband or a similar program to create the audio track for their podcast
California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Ten
ELA.10.1.0. Writing Strategies
Research and Technology
ELA.10.1.5. Synthesize information from multiple sources and identify complexities and discrepancies in the information and the different perspectives found in each medium (e.g., almanacs, microfiche, news sources, in-depth field studies, speeches, journals, technical documents).
ELA.10.1.6. Integrate quotations and citations into a written text while maintaining the flow of ideas.
Evaluation and Revision
ELA.10.1.9. Revise writing to improve the logic and coherence of the organization and controlling perspective, the precision of word choice, and the tone by taking into consideration the audience, purpose, and formality of the context.
Listening and Speaking
ELA.10.1.0. Listening and Speaking Strategies
Organization and Delivery of Oral Communication
ELA.10.1.3. Choose logical patterns of organization (e.g., chronological, topical, cause and effect) to inform and to persuade, by soliciting agreement or action, or to unite audiences behind a common belief or cause.
ELA.10.1.4. Choose appropriate techniques for developing the introduction and conclusion (e.g., by using literary quotations, anecdotes, references to authoritative sources).
ELA.10.1.5. Recognize and use elements of classical speech forms (e.g., introduction, first and second transitions, body, conclusion) in formulating rational arguments and applying the art of persuasion and debate.
Analysis and Evaluation of Oral and Media Communications
ELA.10.1.12. Evaluate the clarity, quality, effectiveness, and general coherence of a speaker's important points, arguments, evidence, organization of ideas, delivery, diction, and syntax.
ELA.10.2.0. Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.10.2.3. Apply appropriate interviewing techniques:
a. Prepare and ask relevant questions.
b. Make notes of responses.
c. Use language that conveys maturity, sensitivity, and respect.
d. Respond correctly and effectively to questions.
e. Demonstrate knowledge of the subject or organization.
f. Compile and report responses.
g. Evaluate the effectiveness of the interview.
Grade Eleven
ELA.11.2.0. Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.11.2.6. Deliver multimedia presentations:
a. Combine text, images, and sound and draw information from many sources (e.g., television broadcasts, videos, films, newspapers, magazines, CD-ROMs, the Internet, electronic media-generated images).
b. Select an appropriate medium for each element of the presentation.
c. Use the selected media skillfully, editing appropriately and monitoring for quality.
d. Test the audience's response and revise the presentation accordingly.
Listening and Speaking
ELA.11.1.0. Listening and Speaking Strategies
ELA.11.1.3. Interpret and evaluate the various ways in which events are presented and information is communicated by visual image makers (e.g., graphic artists, documentary filmmakers, illustrators, news photographers).
ELA.11.1.8. Use effective and interesting language, including:
a. Informal expressions for effect.
b. Standard American English for clarity.
c. Technical language for specificity.
ELA.11.1.10. Evaluate when to use different kinds of effects (e.g., visual, music, sound, graphics) to create effective productions.
Grade Twelve
ELA.12.1.0. Writing Strategies
ELA.12.1.3. Structure ideas and arguments in a sustained, persuasive, and sophisticated way and support them with precise and relevant examples.
Listening and Speaking
ELA.12.1.0. Listening and Speaking Strategies
ELA.12.1.11. Critique a speaker's diction and syntax in relation to the purpose of an oral communication and the impact the words may have on the audience.

Information Literacy Standards (American Library Association)
Standard 7. The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.
Standard 9. The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and participates in groups to pursue and generate information.