Student Journalism & Media Literacy

352p. (High School Journalism). further reading. glossary. index. websites. Rosen Young Adult. 2015. lib. ed. $106.60. ISBN 9781477781326.
Gr 9 Up—This single volume packs a lot of information about news writing for today's teenagers, who may be blogging rather than writing a traditional newspaper. Among the topics presented are digital content creation and multimedia work, in addition to journalistic staples, such as editorial, columns, and sports writing. Attractive photos, quotes, and sidebars will draw in readers. Each page is laid out skillfully with helpful tips. Checklists include "Five Factors Essential to News," "Foundation of Journalistic Writing," and "Tips from the Trenches." Some excerpted articles are quite moving. Interview hints will help the nervous first-time reporter, and advice about using technology like EverNote will help students organize material. This text offers a more practical, less theoretical companion compared with other series on this subject.
VERDICT An excellent addition to English or journalism classes or clubs, especially those serving sophisticated students.

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