Some Distance Learning Project Options for Publication Staffs

I’ve already shared on this site what I’m doing with my introductory broadcast journalism class and today I thought I’d share what I have planned for my publication staff students.

As with the introductory class, I know each of my students have different access to technology and their situations are each unique. So, my goals for creating work for the coming week were as follows:

  1. Work to allow students who want to finish publication work for the year the chance to do that. This is everything from finalizing the last two newspapers as well as creating content for the social channels and website.
  2. Give students options and choice for what they would like to do or are able to do given their circumstances.
  3. Give them some opportunities to learn some things they haven’t had the time or taken the time to learn.

If you look at the handout I’ve shared, I think you will find the options pretty self explanatory. Students were given this sheet and give five days to ask questions, decide what they’d like to do and then let me know. After those five days I went ahead and sent follow up instructions for each.

I’m giving students three weeks for this first round of projects. That might be anything from writing a story and designing a page for the newspaper or writing two web stories to taking a course in Lynda and telling me what they learned or helping maintain the social accounts.

Lots of flexibility and lots of options.

I will make myself available to answer student questions and give them feedback on their work throughout the week and I will have a weekly Google Form for checkin so I hear from everyone at least once each week. They will be able to update me on progress there and let me know what I can do to help.

Here’s the handout I’ll be using. I’ve also included .indd files below if you’d like to modify the handout for your own classroom.

If you have questions about this project or other ideas, I’d prefer you ask them in the comments below. I will answer them and I think the conversation there could benefit others as well. Having said that, feel free to email and reach out if you’d prefer. I’m happy to help.


Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th 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 is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner 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 X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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