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Welcome to the 2014 Journalism 2: The Rest of the Story!

Student journalists join the digital media age and become part of the CGA Mosaic media team for the week, where they will design a web page, blog, write stories and post photos and videos of the top news of the week.

Day 1 – Monday: Explore the world of convergence journalism. Tell a story using multiple mediums – take pictures, post a blog, add a video, tweet updates, do it all!

Tell a story using photos. Film and edit a video. Tweet with you see and experience. Write a story and post it online. Record a commentary expressing your opinions.

Do you research – remember to be an ethical journalist.


Summer MOSAIC 2014 – Journalism I Hot off the Press News Showcase and Awards


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Summer MOSAIC 2014: Journalism I – Hot off the Press


– Write a detailed story about yourself. Think “Everybody Has A Story.” What makes you unique and special? What stories do you have to tell?

– Have a classmate take a picture of you for your story

– Visit your assigned MOSAIC session and report. Talk to various people and write a detailed story about the experience this week. What is the most exciting thing about the session? What have the kids learned? What dos the  teacher want the session to accomplish? Try to talk to at least 3 different people and get good insight.

– Spend time observing the session so that you can record your observations into your story. Include as many details as possible so that your reader can close their eyes an experience this week at MOSAIC.

– Take several candid, action photos of your assigned session. Tell a story through photos of the class for the week.

– Write a short (paragraph) about the person you interviewed in class on Monday. Tell us about your partner and include their picture.

– Design your own newspaper page(s). You can use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Smore – any page design source you like. Come up with a name for your newspaper and design your page with your story, your MOSAIC session story and the short story about your partner on Monday. Include as many photos as you like with all of your stories so that your page is visually appealing. It’s your paper so be creative and make it look like you want it to look. Add colors and graphics if you like. Have fun with your design.

– On Friday, we’ll share our newspapers with the class and celebrate a great week!

Summer MOSAIC 2014: Journalism I – Hot off the Press

  • June : 4th-6th grade (9-10:30 a.m.), 6th-8th grade (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • BREAKING NEWS: You are to report to the newsroom this week where you will meet your fellow reporters to tell the top stories of the week and produce the next edition of the CGA Mosaic Times. Reporters will write, take photographs and design the pages of this newspaper.
  • Note: Students are encouraged to bring items such as laptops, cameras, tablets or smartphones if they have access to them. However, it is not required that students have any of these items for the workshop.

Monday: “Everybody Has A Story” – what it means to be a journalist and a story teller. Looks at great examples of Coppell stories by exploring The Sidekick newspaper from Coppell High School. And tell your story.

Tuesday: “Being a backpack journalist” – today’s journalists can write, photography, video, design, they can do it all. Find your story and prepare to report it.

Wednesday: “You’re hired” – Welcome to the CGA Mosaic Times. Prepare to interview and write your story. Don’t forget your photographs.

Thursday: “A Day in D115″ – the newsroom comes alive as we report, write and edit our stories and begin designing our pages. Remember, it’s a race to get it right, not a race to be first.

Friday: “Deadline Day” – the exciting week comes to an end as we put the final touches on the first edition of the CGA Mosaic Times.

Wrap-up and awards!!

Intro to Media and Reporting semester exam review – Spring 2014

This post contains the content you need to study for your Intro To Media and Reporting semester exam.

Testing schedule:

2nd period – Tuesday, June 3, 9:10-10:30 a.m.

3rd period -Wednesday, June 4, 8:20 – 10 a.m.

7th period – Thursday, June 5, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.


When finishing your story, please look it over and check for the following.
· Is the lead paragraph 1 or 2 sentences and totaling 35 words or less?
· Is each paragraph indented?
· Are the paragraphs following my lead 1, 2, or 3 sentences and not 4 or more?
· Are my sentences concise (25 words or less?)
· Do I have a minimum of three quoted sources? These need to be good, insightful quotes that do not state the obvious.
· Do the quotes follow the following style?
“Students at the high school who have turned 18 or will be by election day need to get out and vote,” school board president David York said. “This election is very important and will really benefit all of CISD. It would be great to see high school students voting.”
· Remember, it is not ,” said David York.  It is ,” David York said. 
· Did you check for AP Style? All stories must comply with AP Style
· Avoid redundancies. For example, you would not say At the age of 16, instead say Joe Bob, 16, is the sports editor of the Sidekick.
· For dates, remember it is April 16, not April 16th .
· Did you start a sentence with It’s? If so, change it – we do not start sentences with It’s
· Did you use the phrase a lot anywhere in your story? If so, take it out. This is a weak, vague set of words we must avoid. Also avoid words like many and some as much as possible.
· Do NOT insert any opinion in a story unless it is a column/editorial. News stories must be objective without your opinion.


–      Give each headline an action verb: “Attorney showdown heats up”

–      Do not capitalize each word in the headline; only the first word and proper nouns. Do not end with a period. Avoid articles (a, an, the) as much as possible

–      Use present tense for past events: “Coppell names new principal” rather than “Coppell principal named yesterday”

–      Use the following for future events: “Obama to visit Coppell”

–      Use short words. Be creative, especially with mascots or names: “Cowboys corral Dragons in upset win”

–      Use comma for ‘and’ and a semicolon for a period: “Parcells resigns; Phillips named new coach”

–      To preserve space, use the numerical figure regarding numbers: “Schools to close for 5 days”

–      Do not use more than one acronym (DECA, SADD, FCA, NTHS) per headline

–      Be careful with negatives. You want the headline to be objective

–      Do not repeat any words – this includes repetition from a main headline to a secondary headline


A cutline (also referred to as a caption) needs to add to a photograph. Great photographs can often tell a story themselves but cutlines can really enhance the story for the reader. A cutline tells the 5 W’s and an H. It shares the experience of the photographer with the audience by adding the details that a reader might not know since they were not there to experience it. Your cutline should be two sentences – the first sentence is written in present tense and tells the who, what, when, where and the second sentence provides the why.

Example cutline:

Journalism teacher Chase Wofford (right) assists freshman students Mary Sue and Bobby Jack write cutlines during first period on Friday in room D115 at Coppell high School. Sue and Jack are planning to apply for The Sidekick newspaper as photographers and will need to write cutlines for their photographs.


– Does your page design have at least 50 percent photos/art/images? 

– Does your page design have dominant art (DOM)?

– Does you page use story telling devices?

– Does all of your headlines and cutlines follow all style guidelines?

– Does your page design follow the dollar bill test?

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– Teasers

– Index