In Journalism 101, we interview journalism teachers, students and professionals in an effort to improve our knowledge of the medium by hearing the experiences of those who are teaching, practicing and producing it. JOU 101 is a podcast production of SNO Sites, hosted by Alex McNamee. Take your seat; class is now in session.
Lesson 8: News Satire
This week, we take a look at satire journalism, including what separates a good idea from a bad one, the writing process, and how it must distinguish itself now from fake news. We interview Anna Larranaga, an editor of TheNordly.com, a regional satire news site based in Minnesota.
Lesson 7: Live Streaming
This week, we discuss live streaming high school sports and other extra curricular activities with Mark Koski, vice president of the NFHS Network which streamed a million live events this past year and continues to grow.
Lesson 6: Watergate Retrospective
This week, we ask retired journalism adviser Karl Grubaugh about his viral Twitter thread that reflected on a 1994 side project asking public figures who were involved in the Watergate scandal what America should learn from it. His Twitter thread begins here: https://twitter.com/kgrubaugh/status/1341277717975580672
Lesson 5: Pandemic Journalism
This week, we turn the spotlight onto The Tower student publication at The Masters School (New York) and talk to journalism adviser Ellen Cowhey about their excellent, ongoing reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, Ivy Kaplan joins the show for an expert's review of The Tower's recent work.
Lesson 4: News Literacy
This week, we discuss a future in which news literacy is standardized education, why it's so important and what it would look like with Darragh Worland, vice president of creative services for the News Literacy Project and host of their podcast, "Is that a fact?" Read her op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle here: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/We-need-news-literacy-education-in-our-schools-15900710.php
Lesson 3: Polls and Surveys
This week, Kansas Scholastic Press Association executive director Eric Thomas explains what makes him nervous about student journalists trying to be pollsters to provide definite answers to big, indefinite questions and why his advice to publications preparing their own surveys is to drop everything and run away.