You will be assigned to a group of four students to create this newspaper. Before deciding who will play which role in the newspaper, you will be expected to research some online newspapers. By doing this, you can get a feel for what goes in a newspaper and where your skills may be best used. You can find examples of your country’s newspapers via the following links:
After reviewing the newspapers, you will decide, as a group, who will take on which task. If this cannot be fairly decided, the group will select their task from a hat.
Here are the roles:
Editor: will ensure the writer’s message is clear and accurately presented. That means this person needs to have strong proof-reading skills. This person will make sure the newspaper flows, the content is meaningful to the topic and make sure all members remain on task. This person will also help any of the other three people in their research as needed. Ultimately, the editor will be the one at the computer when the group is putting together the material. Placement will be a group decision, but the editor will be the one using the computer.
Journalist: will write news stories and articles and communicate ideas for publication or broadcast for newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations. They gather and verify factual information regarding a story through interview, observation, and research. This person will be responsible for researching the topic and writing an article about it.
Advertising Consultant: decides which advertisements will be printed in the newspaper. In our case, this person will research products and services and create 2-3 advertisements which suit the era / type of paper you are producing.
Photographer: provides photographs to accompany articles in the newspaper. This person will work closely with the journalist and advertising consultant to find photos online to include with the articles and advertisements.
Once you and your group have decided who will take on which role, it is time to start researching! Your teacher may have provided you with some websites that will aide you in your researching and these can be found in the resources section. Remember, you may also use books you find in the classroom and library as well. Good researchers use all of their resources!
- If you aren’t quite sure how to organize all of your notes use the graphic organiser in the resources section.
- Make sure to keep track of where you’ve found your information! We want to be sure to give credit where it is due.
After you have gathered and organized your information, it is it time to start creating printable material! This is what each person should be doing:
Journalist: now, you should be looking through your notes and writing an article about your chosen topic. Make sure you consult with your colleagues and include all the features required of a newspaper report. If you wish to include a photo, you should be working closely with the photographer. As soon as you finish your article, you must proof-read it, print it, and give it to the editor to proof-read. Then, make the appropriate changes.
Advertising Consultant: now, you should be making 1-2 different advertisements for services and/or products relevant to your newspaper. If you wish to include a photo, you should be working closely with the photographer. Once finished, proof-read, print, and give it to the editor to proof-read. Then, make the appropriate changes.
Photographer: now, you should be working closely with the journalist and advertising consultant. You should be helping to give them the best photo possible. By now, you should have lots of photos saved for them, or know where to find the photo they need.
Editor: it is your job to make sure all of the members of the newspaper are on task. You should also be helping each person by searching for photos, helping them write their article, or helping them create an advertisement. As the journalist and advertising consultant finish, they will be submitting their work to your for editing (proof-reading). You should correct mistakes and give them back to the journalist and advertising consultant to revise.
Now that you have all the components necessary for a newspapers, it is time to put it altogether! Your teacher will advise you on the method for this. You may wish to use a template which can be found in the resources section or create your newspaper from scratch. It should, however, be produced by computer and the editor will have control of the mouse and keyboard, while the group members sit nearby and give input as to where the article, advertisements and photos should go.
Once the whole group has decided how the newspaper should look, and all information is on the template/design, everyone must proof-read it one more time to make sure there were no errors in transferring.
When your teacher has checked your work ask them how to print out a copy of your newspaper. If you have written a newspaper for the school – why not try to sell copies and raise money for a good cause?
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