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Kaarin Lilja
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Senior newspaper project/Culminating activity




Senior newspaper project/Culminating activity

Kaarin Lilja of Danvers High School in Danvers, Mass.

Kaarin Lilja
Danvers High School
Danvers, Mass.

Title: Senior newspaper project/Culminating activity

Explanation: This is an end-of-year assignment for seniors in journalism. If you would like to adapt it, one easy way it to click on the print this page link, and then copy the relevant material and paste it into a word-processing program like Word. Then you can edit it to your specifications.

Instructions to students: As your final project in journalism, you will create a multi-page newspaper about your experiences in journalism class. What you include in this periodical should really showcase your personality, your likes/dislikes, your experiences, your plans for the future, etc.

Overall requirements:

  • Give your newspaper a banner (title).
  • Each story must have a headline.

Section requirements

News section:

  • Write a news story (500-1000 words) about the most significant event of your high school years. Get quotes from a variety of people who shared the event with you and incorporate them properly into the story. Get photo(s) to go along with the story.
  • Write a news story that discusses your very own graduation, as if the whole event is being held just for you. Get quotes from teachers, friends, guidance counselors, administrators, parents. Be sure to bring in all your accomplishments and your plans for the future. Have fun with this story!

Feature/Sports section:

  • In a question and answer format, Write a feature story on your favorite teacher, or administrator, coach or staff member in the school. Be sure to include a brief introduction. Ask the person about 10 good questions, ones that you really give some thought to and will capture the essence of the person’s personality. Include a picture of that teacher with your write-up.
  • Review: Write a review (about 300 words) of the best book, CD, concert or film of your high school years. Include a photo that goes along with your review. You may do more than one of these for extra credit.
  • Photo essay: Choose something you absolutely loved about high school. Examples include academics, friendships, relationships, sports, clubs, etc. Choose a series of photos that go along with your theme and creatively display them on a page. Under each picture you should include a cutline/caption, a sentence or two that perfectly describes the scene in the photo. Include the names of the people, along with the when, the where and the why. Next, choose a song that goes along with your theme, print out the lyrics, and display it on the page as well. Give the photo essay a headline.

Editorial section:

  • Write a 500-word editorial in which you convincingly argue about a school policy that you agree/disagree with.
  • Then write another 500-word editorial in which you convincingly argue the other side of that issue. Draw or find an editorial cartoon to go along with this piece.
  • Write a column (about 400 words) in which you share memories and thank people who have meant something to you throughout high school. Be creative with this one.
  • Write a letter to the editor (me). This is should be a reflection of your experiences with journalism class this year.

Extras:

  • Ads, Obituaries, Wedding Announcements, Birth Announcements, Police log, Advice Column, Horoscope, Want ads, etc. Spread these throughout the paper as needed.

Rubric

Please fill in as appropriate and submit to me with your project:

 

#1 News story on significant event:

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#2 News story on your very own graduation:

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#3 Feature story on favorite teacher/staff member in high school:

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#4 Review:

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#5 Photo essay:

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#6 Convincing editorial (one side):

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#7 Convincing editorial (the other side):

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#8 Memories column:

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#9 Letter to Editor:

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10

#10 Extras:

Headline ___________________________________________________

Self evaluation: _____________/10

Teacher evaluation: _____________/10



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