Archive | September 2016

Journalism I — What Do You Do? Legal and Ethical Cases

Journalism I: Click below and read the directions for today’s group discussion activity. Then, form groups to complete the What Do You Do? Legal and Ethical Cases:




Digital Photography: Ethics — Photography

This is a practice ethical analysis to prepare for this Wednesday’s in-class quiz. Click on the link below to view and read about a controversial photograph taken by Eddie Adams. Be sure that you read the background on the photograph carefully to put the photo in context. Then, briefly answer the following questions in your notes and be ready to discuss. You MAY use any class notes you have taken to draft your responses.

  1. Summarize photographer Eddie Adams’s concerns with the photograph.
  2. In your opinion, what ethical canons from the Society of Professional Journalists did Adams struggle with?
  3. Knowing what you know, would you have published this photograph? Support your opinion with specific reasons; include mention of at least two SPJ ethical canons.


Digital Photography — Photo Project and Class Lessons — Sept. 7, 8, 9, 2016

Digital Photography Photo Project Instructions

Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8: 

In-Class Work – choose, rename photos and/or write captions for your photo project. Photos are due tomorrow; captions on Monday. Be sure you have photos selected and renamed correctly by the beginning of class tomorrow; you will NOT have time to do this in class on Friday.

Friday, Sept. 9:

Upload your 8-10 photos to the SEPT. 9 PHOTO PROJECT folder in the journalism lab. You’ll be assigned a computer and will be working in groups of 3-4.

You will create a folder with your Last Name, First Name to store your 8-10 photos in:

Ex: Smith, John

Note:    You MUST have your 8-10 photos saved in your Google Account or on your flash drive correctly renamed by the beginning of class – NO EXCEPTIONS. You cannot email photos to Mr. Lang for this project. It is your responsibility to follow directions. Student not prepared will likely not have enough time to upload photos.

Each photo should be saved as Photo #: Last Name of the Photographer

Ex: Photo 1 Smith, Photo 2 Jones, etc.

Do this BEFORE arriving to class on Friday.

Monday, Sept. 12:

Captions for your project are due. You may either type these captions or hand write them, but be sure each caption is well edited, follows the correct format, and is labeled with the name of the appropriate photo.

Journalism I Narrative Writing Analysis — NBA Finals Story — Sept. 8, 2016

Fifth-hour Journalism I students should complete the following in class today, using their I-Pads to access this site:

  1. Read Phil Taylor’s Sports Illustrated story on the 2001 NBA finals. Underline or highlight examples of descriptive narrative writing and strong direct quotes. 15-20 minutes
  2. When finished, form small discussion groups of 3-4. As a group, identify 5 specific strategies Taylor uses to make this a quality example of journalistic narrative writing and reporting. Type up and post your group’s list of 5 in the Leave a Comment section to the left of this posting. Be sure to include all group members’ names in the posting. Also, be aware that your response will not show up immediately — Mr. Lang has to approve and post it tonight.
  3. Bring this NBA finals article to class to discuss tomorrow.


English 12 Honors — Writing the Abstract and the Thesis Statement

The following are notes to help seniors write their research paper abstract and thesis. Consult these notes and develop a working abstract and thesis statement for Friday, Sept. 9.



Digital Photography — Tuesday, Sept. 6 — Pulitzer Prize 2015 Award Winners

Using your I-Pads, gather in groups of 3-4 and go to the Pulitzer Prize website at Take some time to look through and discuss the following two Pulitzer Prize photography winners (note: scroll down — look under Breaking News Photography and Feature Photography — you’ll find each photo story there):

Breaking News Photography — Ferguson — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo Staff

Feature Photography — Ebola Outbreak — Daniel Berehulak, free lance photographer for the New York Times

Consider these questions as you examine the photographs:

  • What photo composition techniques were used in each story?
  • What storytelling techniques made each story effective?
  • What connection do the captions have to the photographs?
  • How is each photo story effective?

After examining each story, collaborate as a group and formulate a well-written, well-edited response to each photo story considering some of the questions posted above. Compose and type a 2-paragraph reflection considering these questions and post in the Leave a Comment section on the post on Mr. Lang’s website (it’s to the left of the post). Your reflection must examine and analyze each story and should include all group members’ names at the beginning of the posting. This must be posted by the end of class today.