Going online: What I tell high school teachers and students

When I am talking to high school journalism workshops and groups these days, I try work in the following points about what it means to work online:

A news website gives scholastic journalists the opportunity to do something they’ve never done — practice “daily journalism.”

They would have to think about the news constantly. “What happened at your school today? What happened yesterday? What will happen tomorrow?” he said.

Finally, I tell them:

  • pay attention to the basics of journalistic writing: accuracy, clarity, precision and efficiency
  • think about the audience: “Always think about the audience. What is it they want to see on your site?”
  • post something new on their news website everyday

This fall, I have spoke to workshops in Chapel Hill, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., and Nashville, Tenn..

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