News 5-week deadline cycle

News 5-week deadline cycle

This was originally intended to jumpstart the news website upon our return in January from winter break. I see myself modifying it though, with the help of my staff, to be a more permanent way to run our cycles. It’s basically a menu for students …read more

A field guide to photography

A field guide to photography

This is a quick post because this is a quick thing! I really wanted to have an easy, fast reference for students before and while they are shooting photos. There’s a lot to remember, even for me. I hate when they forget something small that …read more

Mini-deadline yearbook rubric

Mini-deadline yearbook rubric

The idea for this is that the staffer and the editor agree on the item requested and the completion day and time. These tasks are typically one-two days in length. Not only does that help me get in some needed formative grades, but there is accountability for students who aren’t doing things on time.

Another caption handout

Another caption handout

If it feels like I go handout crazy at the start of the year, it’s because I go handout crazy at the start of the year. You’re welcome. You’re going to need these and be thanking your stars you have them in the coming weeks. …read more

Photo Story Assignment

Photo Story Assignment

We’re going to be warming you up to photography as quickly as possible. Since all students on the staff take photos, I want to be sure that by the end of the first nine weeks, you’ve used the camera a handful of times. You gotta …read more

Summer preparation for incoming press staff

Summer preparation for incoming press staff

Welcome to the publication’s classroom! While some of you are walking through the doors to the room in August for the fourth year, for others it may be the first time. No matter how much experience you have though, there is always more to learn …read more

News value reminder posters

News value reminder posters

When choosing an angle for your news story, you need a peg for it to hold onto. “Why is this newsworthy?” becomes the question. Answering that finds your peg and your angle, the focus of the story.  At the start of the writing process, you …read more

Thinking about yearbook theme

Thinking about yearbook theme

I’ve started running this summer, so I’ve increased the amount of podcasts I listen to as to avoid thinking about running, or running in Florida, or why I’m running in Florida in the summer. Anyway, I listened to a few episodes of “Creative Pep Talk,” …read more

Publications class posters

Publications class posters

Here is a collection of digital files of posters I have hung in my yearbook and news classroom.