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|Project Title: ||Newspaper Journalism|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Whitman Hanson Regional - Whitman-Hanson|
|Contact Name:||Lisa Shea|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts|
|Grades:||9, 10, 11, 12|
|Community Need:||Human Needs|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
The Newspaper Journalism service-learning project is an ongoing project for students in grades 9-12 at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School. The project addresses community members’ need to know what takes place in the community with regard to events and activities. Simultaneously, journalism students also identify the unique opportunity to use the newspaper as a means through which to educate their peers on issues. Students participate in a variety of service activities, which help inform the content for articles for the school newspaper. For more information about this project, and other CSL projects at Whitman-Hanson, please visit: http://web.whrsd.org/whhabitat/home.htm
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Students in newspaper journalism address community members’ need to know what takes place in our community with regard to events and activities. Simultaneously, journalism students also identify the unique opportunity to use the newspaper as a means through which to educate their peers on issues. After a group brainstorming process, students articulated three main areas of focus: Impact of Homelessness, Volunteerism, and Change
|Service Component: |
Students perform service through a variety of opportunities, including Habitat for Humanity fundraising and building opportunities, as well as work with a local homeless shelter and food bank. Each student also serves the community through work on the student newspaper.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The following ELA Standards were addressed through this project:
8.34 Analyze and evaluate the logic and use of evidence in an author’s argument.
9.26 Write well-organized essays (persuasive, literary, personal) that have a clear focus, logical development,
20.6 Use effective rhetorical techniques and demonstrate understanding of purpose, speaker, audience, and form when completing expressive, persuasive, or literary writing assignments
23.14 Organize ideas for emphasis in a way that suits the purpose of the writer.
27.6 Create media presentations that effectively use graphics, images, and/or sound to present a distinctive point of view on a topic.
27.8 Create coherent media productions that synthesize information from several sources.
Students are evaluated on participation as a volunteer, support member, or writer on the newspaper staff. As all students are required to contribute to the school newspaper, each student is required to submit work related to the project for grading.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
The work for this project is driven predominantly through students’ decisions and actions. Throughout the project, students are given the opportunity to reflect on their progress and coverage of issues and events.
|Student Reflection Component: |
During the project, students reflect on their individual actions, and their work as a unified group. Students write weekly journals for reflection, considering both personal growth and an assessment of the impact of work being done. There is also an opportunity for students to reflect in the form of viewpoint writing for the school paper.
|Community Partners Involved: |
At various intervals during this project, students work with community partners to gain information, experience volunteer opportunities, and support Habitat for Humanity.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
As a student publication, the school newspaper serves as a local media option for students, teachers, parents, and the community.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Students could evaluate the impact of the project through surveying their peers on their level of interest in the school newspaper stories and their peers’ level of knowledge on the issues covered by the school newspaper. Students could also evaluate the impact of their service to the outside organizations (e.g., Habitat for Humanity) through interviews with organization staff to learn about that affects of their service activities.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Because of the ongoing nature of the newspaper publication, students voiced a concern regarding the challenge of maintaining reader interest, and desire to provide fresh, rather than repetitive material. Students attempt to avoid this issue by performing short- and long-term planning of activities and coverage.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.