Four new Web module lessons now available

Now available on the JEA Web Curriculum page (member login required) are four new lessons:

Comparing Print and Online Journalism: Students complete a coverage analysis exercise to identify the strengths and challenges of the online medium.

The Return of the Inverted Pyramid: Using a song, students practice writing a story for the Web using the inverted pyramid structure.

Beat Coverage and the Web — Why It Makes Sense: In this lesson, students analyze popular beat blogs, then identify beats on their own campus.

Generating stories for online beat coverage: A follow-up to the previous lesson, this lesson requires students to generate stories for a beat, then pitch a slate of stories worthy of online coverage.


Keep an eye out for the next wave of Web curriculum updates, which will include a lesson sequence on developing online story packages and integrating multimedia. If you have special requests or questions, feel free to comment here or email me directly at

Michelle Balmeo

Michelle Balmeo, MJE, is the adviser of El Estoque newsmagazine and news website at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif. During her 11-year tenure as adviser, the publications have regularly received NSPA’s Pacemaker award and CSPA’s Crown award. She has been selected as CA Journalism Teacher of the Year, a JEA Rising Star, and a DJNF Distinguished Adviser. She was previously the JEA Web Curriculum Leader and currently serves on the board of JEA Northern California.

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