The Activity Workbook for Journalism contains 36 activities and writing assignments suitable for high school or college-level journalism classes. The format is designed to be flexible, so you can copy and paste each into a document to print out, post to a slide, or deliver to students electronically.
Many activities are versatile and can be used for homework assignments, in-class small group projects, or class discussion prompts. Activities designed specifically for written assignments are in a separate section. Activities that could be adapted for test or quiz questions are marked with an *.
The material is not specific to any one textbook. Where terms are used that may not be covered in every textbook (such as the Five Boxes story structure), a link has been provided to a website (usually Poynter) that explains the term and the exercise can usually be done by dropping the term, if you wish.
The activities are broken into the following categories:
o Story ideas: 3 activities
o Writing: 9 activities
o Sources & interviewing: 8 activities
o Editing: 3 activities
o Legal & ethical issues: 3 activities
o Math for reporters: 2 activities
There are also eight questions for writing assignments in a second section. These are not story assignments, but instead ask students to rewrite or read and analyze particular aspects of published stories.
The activities do not cover AP style in depth and do not cover details of grammar, instead focusing on key issues for aspiring journalists.