Jacky Hicks


Setting the pace with online journalism

The National Scholastic Press Association recently announced
the online Pacemaker Awards for the 2006/2007 school year. Here they are for you to explore:

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‘Digg’ for story ideas at popurls.com

Citizen media websites, such as YouTube, Netscape and Digg,
are a goldmine for story ideas. These sites allow users to submit stories,
videos or pictures. Users rate them, or the stories get ranked by how often they’re viewed. … Read more

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How to localize the Virginia Tech shootings

If your staff plans to localize the Virginia Tech shooting story, consider:
 
Al Tompkins’ “Campus Security” piece on Al’s Morning Meeting provides links to campus crime statistics and campus security details.  Seek similar information for your own school. What campus security … Read more
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10 steps to better decisions on deadline

It’s difficult to make good decisions on deadline. The mind, muddied by the ticking of the clock, resorts to dualism—do or not-do, print or not-print, edit or not-edit, forgetting to consider ethical dimensions, such as who the decision will affect. … Read more

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Riffin’ on hip-hop: covering cultures at your school

A high school is like a small city, teeming with diversity. There are the cheerleaders, the band members, the gothics. There
are the theatre kids, and the English-as-a-second-language kids, and
the track team.  The list is endless. 

Can you tell … Read more

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CSPA Circle winners

“The mother looks deep into the soul of the man that ended
her daughter’s life and searches for her faith.”

Such powerful language helped senior Greg Stitt of the Granite
Bay High School
Gazette win second place in news
features … Read more

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Scholarships for student journalists

These sites have excellent lists of journalism scholarships for high school and college students. Take some time searching through them. You might be rewarded for your efforts.
 
Scholarships organized by state or by ethnicity
 
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A potentially volatile investigation

Al Tompkins’ Morning Meeting item “Dangerous chemicals in High School Labs” (March 9) is worth a look — a careful look — at any high school. A Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho) story reported on the discovery of half-century-year-old laboratory … Read more

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Attend a workshop this summer

Summer. Sun bathing, relaxing in front of the TV, studying journalism at a summer institute….

Ok, so maybe journalism training isn’t the first thing that comes to
mind when you think of summer, but for the dedicated, those long
vacation … Read more

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Hard to watch, but watch and learn

Al Tompkins’ March 14 Morning Meeting, “Learning from an expert in online video,” focuses on The Washington Post’s Travis Fox and his award-winning online photojournalism piece about the refugee crisis in Darfur. The column contains great lessons for up-and-coming video … Read more

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