What students should be able to do

An interesting, pseudo-related blog post I read yesterday from a college teacher of new media who is trying to sort out what her students should be able to do. Here was a list she and her colleagues came up with:

  • Write a 12-inch story (400–450 words) in AP print style w/ Web-appropriate head, subheads and suitable hyperlink(s).
  • Create a 2-minute audio clip with clear nat sound, narration and interview material, edited digitally and compressed for the Web.
  • Shoot, edit and compress a video of 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Create and maintain a single-subject blog for at least eight weeks (minimum 16 posts), with at least two posts per week.
  • Create a 1:30 to 2 min. Soundslides presentation that tells a coherent journalistic story.
Not a bad list for us at the high school level, either, I’d say. Here’s the link if anyone wants to read the full post:

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 20th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook “Student Journalism and Media Literacy.” You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He’s a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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