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Journalism Scavenger Hunt

Virginia Olson of Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Virginia Olson
Lincoln High School
Sioux Falls, S.D.

Title: Journalism Scavenger Hunt

This is an Internet research assignment to use as an introduction to journalism for students. The assignment requires a variety of research sources for students to use. It takes about three days and is supposed to be fun.


What individual is responsible for writing the First Amendment?

List five facts about the First Amendment.

What document lists the First Amendment?

How many words are in the First Amendment?

Define libel.

Define slander.

What is the Pulitzer Prize? How much money does an individual win?

Name the movie which reveals the press’s role in uncovering a story that forced a president to resign.

Who is Mike Barnicle? From what newspaper was he fired and why?

Identify each of the following journalists and why they are famous.

Bob Woodward

William Randolph Hearst?

Helen Thomas

Who is Tom Brokaw and what books did he write?

Who is Alan Diaz and why is he noteworthy?

What motto does The New York Times print in its upper left corner?

What is The Associated Press?

What is Gannett?

What is Knight Ridder?

What is The Freedom Forum?

What is the American Society of Newspaper Editors?

Who is the founder of USA Today and where is he from (provide city and state)?

How many newspapers does our school library carry?

What is the difference between a publisher and an editor?

Explain Tinker v. Des Moines. Why is it important to school press?

Explain Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier. Why is it important to school press?

Define yellow journalism.

Define censorship.

List five books that have been censored.


Extra credit:

Find and copy the news story that won a Pulitzer Prize but was made up.

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