Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012:  Class today is role-playing!  We must create a news story, so we can get the Wooten J. School students experience at coverage and (wo)man on the street interviews. Today we will have a mock news incident, a mock protest, a mock police action, and a mock press conference.  We will have some students actually film it all and then edit it all together.

3:30:  Review Paragraphs written during last session

3:50: Role Play #1: Mock Police action

4:00: Mock Press Conference

4:15 Mock Anchor to go on the air at 4:25


Film Crew


Police Chief


Eye Witness



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

We are so excited about the enthusiasm of our cub reporters!  They have been out interviewing everyone.  Today we practice "THE DIFFICULT INTERVIEW."  Lena Cole Dennis and I will demonstrate techniques you can use when you have a subject that gives you one word answers or are totally nervous or unwilling.

Also our 8 year-old Marissa interviewed our executive director Naomi Bradley. We will post that shortly.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Class 2 July 5, 2012, Wooten J School (Thursday)

Class 2: July 5, 2012
Wooten J School

  • Review News clippings
  • Review our story tellers, need for: 
  • The lead
NEXT CLASS: Come Camera Ready for Head shots

3:50 How to interview/How to be interviewed: 
  • Divide into 2 groups with two strong story tellers in each
    Practice interviewing about stories or the 4th of July
    Practice picture taking
  • Lena's Group will be the subjects and will learn poise and presentation what to say, what not to say
  • Isidra's group will be the reporters

4:15  Conduct INTERVIEWS

 This is practice for next Thursday when we interview Wooten students and/ or staff for the newscast and "E" and print newsletters.

Items to bring:
  • Bring current newspaper (Lena)
    Cameras ( charge)

Each crew: 
Writer (takes notes)
(some will have to double)
Discuss tone of story)

  • Journalism 
  • Print
  • Logo
  • Masthead
  • Pictures
  • Stories



Sharpening our Speech:

  • "Ask"
  •  Enunciate!

    • I seen, I had went 
    • Pronounce "Ings" and "th"
    Why should we be concerned?

  • Make up artist
  • Hair
  • Writer
  • Photographer
  • Videographer 
  • Editor
  • Assignment editor
  • Desk (on camera)
  • Field reporter
  • Producer
  • Printer 
  • Distributor
  • Graphic Designer (logo/Masthead, color scheme, clip art)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Class 1 The Media and You: Jul 3, 2012

Journalism: The Media and You

Instructor Bios

Lena Cole Dennis is fluent in the Non-communication of Teenagers.  The owner of Cole Dennis and Associates, she is an involved community supporter, who sits on various boards, including the Wooten Center and ARC Mid-Cities. She is a Coro Fellow and uses her training in journalism and domestic violence to bolster these organizations. Lena also wrote for several local and national newspapers, once serving as assistant to Brad "Switch Reels" Pye, Jr., award winning sports reporter
Isidra Person-Lynn has taught middle school, high school and college students about the joys of journalism.  A multimedia specialist, she instructs students how to incorporate their English and other course skills into journalism: print, radio,TV and the Internet including new media. Each Sunday she hosts an internet radio program, Sunday Morning-Live. For more information visit www.isidrapersonlynn.com.


Class Schedule

Week 1 INTRO- What is Journalism?
7/3 Writing Assessment.  The in-class assignment will be to write three paragraphs reporting on a recent event   

7/5 Review papers. Practice interviewing skills—sit down interviews to red-carpet.
We need students to portray news reporters and Red Carpet Celebrities
Week 2
7/10Assign students Role in video, newsletter (print) and e-newsletter
7/12 Begin research. Internet treasure hunt -  Explanation of credible resources. 
Week 3
7/17 Coverage, Doing Your Homework Before the Interview
7/19 Mock Press Conference
Week 4
7/24 Edit  |Video Techniques
7/25 Revise Assignments | Photo Safari
Week 5
7/31 Video Techniques
8/2 Learning about photography and other photo resources
Week 6
8/7 Presentation | Meeting Strangers
8/9 Networking  | Getting the Interview
Week 7
8/14  Presentations | Test
8/16 Culmination | Certificates

Student Notes for Cass:
Class blog is: wootenjschool.blogspot.com

Teen Reporter Handbook

To start aBlog, get your parents permission.  They must sign (Age restrictions)
Set it up at www.blogger.com

Isidra's Notes for First Class:

Journalism can be really profitable:
Here is a billionaire who started out as a news reporter. Who is she?

YOUTH REPORTER: ‪Ghana's golden boy‬

Jonathan Tavasti KURME, youth reporter:

Citizen Journalism:

DIY Radio (Do it Yourself)

Jeff's Diary: Halfrican

Emotionally Troubled Teen Show Honesty, Courage


Example of bad one (But was selected to win)



The Pros



http://youtu.be/_0eINGyJHz8   (model)

Really funny:


Lena's Notes:
Chico Norwood, Woman Sports Writer/Editor
Will Skype from Jacksonville, Mississippi

Includes Blogging 300-400 words and Writing Newspaper Articles 600-1000 words


Good Manners Makes Money:
relationship building, family, school and church

Decorating Your Body for School/Work/Play
Develop your style and dress for the occasion
Using the clothing you have

What to Wear When & Why
Appropriate attire can save your life

Taking a Good Picture of yourself
Learning to  appreciate the face God gave you

How to Interview a "Self Absorbed Knucklehead"
Sometimes people don't want to be nice
How to overcome a stuffy situation

Who, What, Why, When & How?
Newspaper Etiquette as life's lessons
Asking questions as a survival technique