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1 JOURNALISM PROGRAM OVERVIEW & WORKBOOK MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY OVERLAND TRAILS COUNCIL

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS PROGRAM OVERVIEW MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS (PRE-REQUISITE REQUIREMENTS IN BOLD RED UNDERLINED ITALICS) WORKBOOK PART ONE (COMPLETE BEFORE ATTENDING MBU) WORKBOOK PART TWO (WILL BE COMPLETED DURING CLASS) ADDITIONAL RESOURCES APPLICATION for MERIT BADGE (MUST HAVE UNIT LEADER SIGNATURE PRIOR TO CLASS) Overland Trails Council, August 2010 Information in this booklet was accurate at the time of publishing. Journalism Merit Badge Requirements, Copyrighted Boy Scouts of America

3 JOURNALISM PROGRAM OVERVIEW BRING TO CLASS: Journalism merit badge pamphlet. Journalism merit badge workbook, part one & part two. Signed Application for Merit Badge, found at the end of the merit badge workbook. (This will be your only record of work completed on this merit badge.) If your Council requires the official blue card, you must bring one with you to class. PRE-REQUISITES: Complete Part One of the workbook before class (requirements 4 & 5). Complete information on Application for Merit Badge including Scoutmasters signature. CURRICULUM: Requirements 1, 2, & 3 will be completed during class (part two of the workbook). Pre-requisites will also be reviewed during class. CLASS SIZE: 10

4 JOURNALISM Journalism Merit Badge Requirements, 2006 PRE-REQUISITE REQUIREMENTS ARE PRINTED IN BOLD UNDERLINED RED ITALICS & MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE CLASS. 1. Explain what freedom of the press is and how the First Amendment guarantees that you can voice your opinion. In your discussion, tell how to distinguish between fact and opinion, and explain the terms libel, slander, defamation, fair comment and criticism, public figure, privacy, and malice. Discuss how these matters relate to ethics in journalism. 2. Do either A OR B: a) Newspaper and magazine journalism 1) All on the same day, read a local newspaper, a national newspaper, a newsmagazine, and (with your parent s permission) an online news source. From each source, clip, read, and compare a story about the same event. Tell your counselor how long each story is and how fair and accurate the stories are in presenting different points of view. Tell how each source handled the story differently, depending on its purpose or audience. 2) Visit a newspaper or magazine office. Ask for a tour of the various divisions (editorial, business, and printing). During your tour, talk to an executive from the business side about management s relations with reporters, editors, and photographers and what makes a good newspaper or magazine. b) Radio and television journalism 1) All on the same day, watch a local and national network newscast, listen to a radio newscast, and (with your parent s permission) view a national broadcast news source online. List the different news items and features presented, the different elements used, and the time in minutes and seconds and the online space devoted to each story. Compare the story lists and discuss whether the stories are fair and accurate. Explain why different news outlets treated the stories differently and/or presented a different point of view. 2) Visit a radio or television station. Ask for a tour of the various departments, concentrating on those related to news broadcasts. During your tour, talk to the station manager or other station management executive about station operations, particularly how management and the news staff work together, and what makes a good station. If possible, go with a reporter to cover a news event. 3. Discuss the differences between a hard news story and a feature story. Explain what is the five W s and H. then do ONE of the following: a) Choose a current or an unusual event of interest to you, and write either a hard news article OR a feature article about the event. Gear the article for print OR audio OR video journalism. Share your article with your counselor.

5 b) With your parent s permission and counselor s approval, interview someone in your community who is influential because of his or her leadership, talent, career, or life experiences. Then present to your counselor either a written or oral report telling what you learned about this person. c) With your parent s permission and counselor s approval, read an autobiography written by a journalist you want to learn more about. Write an article that tells what you learned about this person and the contributions this person has made to the field of journalism. d) Attend a Scouting event and write a 200-word article (feature or hard news) about the event. Use either the inverted pyramid style or the chronological style. Review the article with your counselor, then submit it to your community newspaper or BSA local council or district newsletter for consideration. 4. Attend a public event and do ONE of the following: a) Write two newspaper articles about the event, one using the inverted pyramid style and one using the chronological style. b) Using a radio or television broadcasting style, write a news story, a feature story, and a critical review of the event. c) Take a series of photographs to help tell the story of the event in pictures. Include news photos and feature photos in your presentation. Write a brief synopsis of the event as well as captions for your photos. 5. Find out about three career opportunities in journalism. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

6 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK PART ONE, PRE-REQUSITIES Unit # Council District Part One of the workbook must be completed before class. Bring the entire workbook (part one and part two) with you to class. Also bring the Application for Merit Badge signed by your scoutmaster (included at the end of the workbook). 4. Attend a public event and do ONE of the following: a) Write two newspaper articles about the event, one using the inverted pyramid style and one using the chronological style. Inverted pyramid style:

7 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART ONE, p.2 4. continued a) Write two newspaper articles about the event, one using the inverted pyramid style and one using the chronological style. Chronological style:

8 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART ONE, p.3 4. continued b) Using a radio or television broadcasting style, write a news story, a feature story, and a critical review of the event. Write a news story:

9 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART ONE, p.4 4. continued b) Using a radio or television broadcasting style, write a news story, a feature story, and a critical review of the event. Write a feature story:

10 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART ONE, p.5 4. continued b) Using a radio or television broadcasting style, write a news story, a feature story, and a critical review of the event. Write a critical review of the event:

11 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART ONE, p.6 4. continued c) Take a series of photographs to help tell the story of the event in pictures. Include news photos and feature photos in your presentation. Write a brief synopsis of the event as well as captions for your photos. Write a brief synopsis of the event: Captions for your photos:

12 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART ONE, p.7 5. Find out about three career opportunities in journalism. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you. Career opportunities in journalism: Pick one career: Career: Education: Training: Experience: Why this profession interest s you:

13 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK PART TWO, CLASS CURRICULUM Unit # Council District Part Two of the workbook will be completed during class. 1. Explain what freedom of the press is and how the First Amendment guarantees that you can voice your opinion. In your discussion, tell how to distinguish between fact and opinion, and explain the terms libel, slander, defamation, fair comment and criticism, public figure, privacy, and malice. Discuss how these matters relate to ethics in journalism. What is freedom of the press: How the First Amendment guarantees that you can voice your opinion: Distinguish between fact and opinion: Explain the terms: Libel Slander Defamation Fair comment and criticism Public figure Privacy Malice How these matters relate to ethics:

14 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.2 2. Do either A OR B: A a) Newspaper and magazine journalism 1) All on the same day, read a local newspaper, a national newspaper, a newsmagazine, and (with your parent s permission) an online news source. From each source, clip, read, and compare a story about the same event. Tell your counselor how long each story is and how fair and accurate the stories are in presenting different points of view. Tell how each source handled the story differently, depending on its purpose or audience. Story: Local newspaper: How long: Fair and accurate: Different view point: Handled story differently: Purpose /audience: National newspaper: How long: Different view point: Fair and accurate: Handled story differently: Purpose /audience: Newsmagazine: How long: Different view point: Fair and accurate: Handled story differently: Purpose/audience: Online news source: How long: Different view point: Fair and accurate: Handled story differently: Purpose/audience:

15 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.3 OPTION A continued 2) Visit a newspaper or magazine office. Ask for a tour of the various divisions (editorial, business, and printing). During your tour, talk to an executive from the business side about management s relations with reporters, editors, and photographers and what makes a good newspaper or magazine. Visited: Tour various divisions: Management s relations with: Reporters Editors Photographers What makes a good newspaper or magazine:

16 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.4 2. continued B b) Radio and television journalism 1) All on the same day, watch a local and national network newscast, listen to a radio newscast, and (with your parent s permission) view a national broadcast news source online. List the different news items and features presented, the different elements used, and the time in minutes and seconds and the online space devoted to each story. Compare the story lists and discuss whether the stories are fair and accurate. Explain why different news outlets treated the stories differently and/or presented a different point of view. Local newscast: News item or feature: Elements used Time to story Fair and accurate Treated different/ point of view News item or feature: Elements used Time to story Fair and accurate Treated different/ point of view National network newscast: News item or feature: Elements used Time to story Fair and accurate Treated different/ point of view News item or feature: Elements used Time to story Fair and accurate Treated different/ point of view

17 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.5 OPTION B continued 1) All on the same day, watch a local and national network newscast, listen to a radio newscast, and (with your parent s permission) view a national broadcast news source online. List the different news items and features presented, the different elements used, and the time in minutes and seconds and the online space devoted to each story. Compare the story lists and discuss whether the stories are fair and accurate. Explain why different news outlets treated the stories differently and/or presented a different point of view. Radio newscast: News item or feature: Elements used Time to story Fair and accurate Treated different/ point of view News item or feature: Elements used Time to story Fair and accurate Treated different/ point of view National broadcast news source online: News item or feature: Elements used Time to story Fair and accurate Treated different/ point of view News item or feature: Elements used Time to story Fair and accurate Treated different/ point of view

18 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.6 OPTION B continued 2) Visit a radio or television station. Ask for a tour of the various departments, concentrating on those related to news broadcasts. During your tour, talk to the station manager or other station management executive about station operations, particularly how management and the news staff work together, and what makes a good station. If possible, go with a reporter to cover a news event. Radio or television station visited: Tour the various departments: Station management: Station operations How management and news staff work together What makes a good station:

19 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.7 3. Discuss the differences between a hard news story and a feature story. Explain what is the five W s and H. Differences between a hard news story and feature story: Explain the five W s and H : W: W: W: W: W: H: Then do ONE of the following: a OR b OR c OR d requirement choices a, b, & c are on the following pages

20 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.8 a) Choose a current or an unusual event of interest to you, and write either a hard news article OR a feature article about the event. Gear the article for print OR audio OR video journalism. Share your article with your counselor. Current or unusual event of interest:

21 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.9 OR b) With your parent s permission and counselor s approval, interview someone in your community who is influential because of his or her leadership, talent, career, or life experiences. Then present to your counselor either a written or oral report telling what you learned about this person. Interviewed:

22 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.10 OR c) With your parent s permission and counselor s approval, read an autobiography written by a journalist you want to learn more about. Write an article that tells what you learned about this person and the contributions this person has made to the field of journalism. Autobiography:

23 JOURNALSIM WORKBOOK, PART TWO, p.11 OR d) Attend a Scouting event and write a 200-word article (feature or hard news) about the event. Use either the inverted pyramid style or the chronological style. Review the article with your counselor, then submit it to your community newspaper or BSA local council or district newsletter for consideration. Scouting event:

24 ORGANIZATIONS and WEB SITES (Whenever you go online, be sure you have your parent s permission first.) American Society of Journalists and Authors American Society of Magazine Editors Broadcast Education Association Freedom forum First Amendment Center Media Law Guide National Association of Broadcasters National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting Inc. The Poynter Institute Society of Professional Journalists Student Media Sourcebook Student Press Law Center

25 OVERLAND TRAILS COUNCIL APPLICATION FOR MERIT BADGE MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY SECTION A S C O U T SCOUT & MERIT BADGE INFORMATION APPLICATION FOR MERIT BADGE MERIT BADGE UNIVERISTY : Merit Badge: Journalism Address: City: Address: Overland Trails Council State: PO Box 1361 Is a registered Boy Scout, 2808 O Flannagan Varsity Scout, Grand Island, NE Venturer, of No. Phone: Troop, team, crew, ship District: Council: SECTION B WORKBOOK PART ONE (Pre-requisite Requirements) U N I T Requirement No. and letter 4 5 Date of Approval Counselor Initial Requirement No. and letter Date of Approval Counselor Initial L E A D E R The applicant has personally appeared before me and demonstrated to my satisfaction that he has met all pre-requisite requirements for the above stated merit badge and/or the scout is qualified and is ready to attend his assigned MBU class. Signature of Unit Leader Date SECTION C WORKBOOK PART TWO (Class Curriculum) C O U N S E L O R Requirement No. and letter Date of Approval Counselor Initial Requirement No. and letter Date of Approval Counselor Initial The applicant has personally appeared before me and demonstrated to my satisfaction that he has completed all requirements in SECTION C listed above for the Merit Badge: Journalism of Counselor: Please Print Signature of Counselor Date

26 SCOUT INSTRUCTIONS Complete SECTION A Attend the merit badge class Sign the Attendance Sheet provided by your merit badge counselor After your merit badge class return this completed Application for Merit Badge to your Unit Leader SCOUTS PLEASE REMEMBER Have your merit badge workbook, the appropriate merit badge pamphlet, and this Application for Merit Badge with you when you attend class If the merit badge pre-requisites are not completed before class, you will not be able to complete the merit badge during this weekend event, you will need to follow up with your Unit s Advancement Chair when you return home PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOME COUNSELORS WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO ATTEND THEIR CLASS WITHOUT THE PRE-REQUISITES COMPLETED SOME CLASS CURRICULUMS ARE DEPENDENT ON THE PRE-REQUISITE WORK BEING COMPLETED! UNIT LEADER INSTRUCTIONS Complete SECTION B 1. Date and initial each requirement listed in the table. 2. Sign your name in the space provided at the bottom of the section. After the Scout has returned this completed Application for Merit Badge to you, please forward to your Unit s Advancement Chair UNIT LEADERS PLEASE REMEMBER Please make sure your scout has his merit badge workbook, the appropriate merit badge pamphlet and this Application for Merit Badge with him when he attends class COUNSELOR INSTRUCTIONS Complete SECTION C 1. Date and initial each requirement listed in the table that was completed during class (If a requirement that is listed is not completed, please cross that requirement out) 2. Print and sign your name in the space provided at the bottom of the section COUNSELORS PLEASE REMEMBER Never meet with a Scout alone Merit Badge Requirements must be completed as written; nothing may be added or deleted NOTE TO UNIT ADVANCEMENT CHAIRMAN Before a Scout can receive credit for completing a merit badge, both Sections B and Section C must be signed. 1. Section B should be signed by the Scoutmaster from your Unit or another leader approved by your unit committee. 2. Section C must be signed by the merit badge counselor from the MBU.

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