A Glossary of Publishing Terms

Glossary for School Journalism terms

More Journalism terms

How to teach NEWS STORIES:

Student Newspaper Unit ­ an online

lesson plan. Students publish online.

A free course: News Sense: The Building Blocks of News

from the Poynter Institute.

Registration is FREE for you and your students.

(from the site):

“What will I learn?

News Sense explores the basic building blocks of news stories.

You’ll examine the who, what, when, where, why and how of events

and see how the answers to those questions shape news coverage.

FREE copy editing quizzes

from the American Copy Editors Society

Classes, lesson plans at

The New York Times Lesson Plan:

“Hard News Smackdown!”

Other good New York Times Lesson plans

Here’s another one:

Right on Time? (Grades 6-8 , 9-12 )

Researching and Writing a Breaking News Story on Deadline

In this lesson, students share their reactions to hearing a false rumor.

They then research and write an article about a current news item

affecting their school, which they must submit on deadline the next day.

Grammar-Usage Lesson Plan ­

“Newsroom Grammar 101”

“Pick Your News” modern news stories Webquest

How to teach STORY IDEAS:

An online Journalism workshop for high school students has many good ideas:

A Free online wire service with news from a

10 Story Ideas

More Story Ideas

Student Newspaper Unit ­ an online

lesson plan. Students publish online.


The Feature Story Icebreaker Interview:

Writing Features ­ from the New York Times site

Feature Story Hallmarks lesson plan

Thinking like a Reporter

Finding a Voice lesson plan

How to teach SPORTS WRITING:

Ask a Pro about Sports Writing

Front Page Can Embrace Sports

Writing sports articles ­

from the New York Times site

The Washington Post NIE Program

Sportswriting Lesson Plan

10 tips for improving Scholastic sports pages

10 tips for improving Scholastic sports writing

40 Sports Features Ideas


Writing Opinion pieces ­ from the New York Times site

Expressing Opinion for Mass Consumption

(Lesson Plan)

Editorial Quality Checklist

Finding a Voice in Editorial and Opinion Writing

(Lesson Plan)

A Washington Post lesson plan: Inside the Editorial

The Ron Reason website:

Samples/models of good

school newspapers and sites

Award-winning paper reinstated

Award-winning School newspaper irritates administration

Crown Award-winning schools

(Columbia Scholastic Press Association)

Online School newspapers, magazines, etc.

NSPA (National Scholastic Press Association) Winners

includes the Pacemaker winners,

both newspapers and yearbooks

The NSPA writes critiques, too

Membership with critique costs $189.00

and $99 for junior high and middle school.

Online Pacemaker winners:

The Orange and Black Online

(An NSPA Pacemaker winner)

The Lowell on the Web

(An NSPA Pacemaker finalist)

The Mission Newsmagazine

(on the web)

(An NSPA Pacemaker finalist)

An example of a cover from

The Mission Newsmagazine

Notice the great use of color for the masthead

and black and white photography that bleeds off the edges.

A Senior Class divider or “double trucks” page

from the NSPA page:

An example of great design and photography

on a yearbook

The Hi-Lite Online ­

Award-winning news stories from another

High School paper:

Other ideas/websites for teaching journalism:

Students can use the Write Site:

from Ohio to help them write their story and

learn about journalism.

This is designed for Middle School students,

but could help beginning Journalism students

start out and learn abut journalism.

A great “intro” unit for your class.

How to create a good journalism story:

This teacher has ideas and two great lesson plan ideas

to help students find ideas for stories.

Teaching Journalism ­ hints from the

American Society of Newspaper Editors

At, there is a list of nine core principles

to use when evaluating any story:

Journalism Training Programs for advisors:

FREE research tools for journalists

Midlink Magazine

for students 8-18

Has collaborative projects

Journalism 1: at Hunterdon Central

Regional High School ­ a blog site

The CyberNewseum

Take a class at Poynter Online ­ for students

and advisors:

More sites for high school journalists:

More FREE training for high school journalists:

Other sites, radio/tv/web:

Start a Radio Journalism Project

in your school

with this scholarship/workshop:

or download their pdf workshop information called:

“Plugged In: Using the Internet for High School

(and professional) Journalism”

written by the Radio and Television

News Directors Foundation

FREE courses in html and more

for journalism students

Internet News Knowledge ­

The complete resource for

High School journalism on

the internet.

Flash Journalism ­ free

access to online book

Other learning resources:

Artistic expression on the internet ­

Creative Nexus -

Students can submit art here from

student publications:

There are Journalism stories

published here:

Create a classroom newspaper Lesson Plan:

Indiana University at Bloomington

Journalism resource page ­ includes the

Student Press Law Center site link

EditTeach resources ­

Grammar, Spelling, editing tips

CIIJ LInks ­

include Journalism Diversity links,

High School and College Student Resources,

Organizations and more

DMOZ Journalism links

for students

Deadline USA

Copywriter’s Resources ­

includes internships

More Journalism Resources

An Advanced Journalism Grading system

The Supreme Court Center

complete text of the Hazlewood case


484 U.S. 260 (1988)


Kathy Schrock’s Page

The Educator’s Reference Desk

Learning Style Inventories from Dr. Kacer’s Site:

Multiple Intelligences

Similar to Myers-Briggs

Several Instruments Here

Learning about Propaganda website for High School students

from Newspapers in Education:

Free Rubrics at Rubistar

More Rubrics from all over the US

A simple concept web

A concept-event map

A K-W-L worksheet

Eduhound’s Awesome Clipart

For Educators

Filling the Tool Box ­ how to get your students to ask questions in class:

Your Electronic Locker

(good for college, too!)

This used to be a favorite site... there is some

good information - but watch for broken links now.

WKU isn't on there - it's an ad for Florida, really,

but worth a look.

Learn to write a Journalism story

At Ohio’s web site

The Write Site


Thank you, Professor Bretz at WKU,

for helping me findi these great links.



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