Wednesday, August 21st
Day 1: Introductions
Getting to know eachother
The importance of journalism
HW: The Balance Trap
Thursday, August 22nd
Day 1.5: The Course
Debrief article from last night [Format, Voice, Language, Sources, Type of article]
Discuss “The Balance Trap”
Course Expectations: Learn to write articles, format a newspaper and interview sources in addition to ethics of journalism
Biggest Challenges of this class
HW: Do scavenger hunt
Friday, August 23rd
Day 2: Introduce Investigative Reporting & Journalism role in democracy
Our objectives today are to develop a context to our study of All the President's Men and our first unit.
We will briefly discuss the value of investigative journalism and how it differs from the journalism you will be learning to do.
We will then begin to frame our study of the role of the Washington Post in unveiling the Watergate Affair.
We will develop an understanding of the national, cultural and political context to the whole Watergate Affair.
We will use this handout to guide the research into the context.
HW: Your assignment tonight is to read Ch. 1. Bring in questions and observations regarding the background of Woodward and Bernstein and how their inexperience might influence their reporting. Read Ch. 1 of ATPM
Monday August 26th
Day 3: How the Post established a foundation for investigative reporting
[2nd--submit scavenger hunt]
Finish 1972 Election Context: Freewrite--What was the national mood at the time of the Watergate Break-in?
Check for Understanding, Ch. 1
Complexities of Political Reporting: Why is reporting on the government so challenging
HW:Finish this packet for class on Tuesday
Read Ch. 2 for Block
Tuesday August 27th
Day 4: Investigative reporting and Types of Articles
Sample Watergate articles
1st Day article: HERE
Investigative in Magazines & Newspapers
HW: Read Ch. 2
Thursday, August 28th
Day 5: [Block] Context and Begin film
Ch. 2: Motive Behind Break-in; Sources from Ch. 2
Begin Film*** (45 min out of 140 minutes)
Film does not follow book or timeline of events.
HW: Read article from 1972--How do W & B connect the dots without professing assumptions?
Friday, August 29th
Day 6: Discuss Film So far
Continue film; What are the challenges and threats the Washington Post faced? What are W and B's leads?
HW: Film/Book Questions; Read Ch. 3 for Tuesday
Tuesday, September 3rd
Day 7: Free-write: Investigative Reporting
Introduce news and sports reporting
The interview--recall Ch. 2: What do you notice about Bernstein’s style?
HW: Read Ch. 4 (for Friday)
Thursday, September 5th
Day 8: [Block] News Stories From Interviews & Finish Film
Story Lead from Tues. Interview
Finish Film..86min.--Track revelations
Debrief-- To what extent was Deep Throat helpful?
What is the significance of the closing scene?
Who should have been held accountable for the crimes? Why?
Alignment with book..what else happens between Jan. 1973 and August 1974.
HW: Finish Ch. 4; Finish news lead from assigned Watergate Revelation
Friday, September 6th
Day 9: Politicians’ accusations (2019 and then 1972)
Share SNL from Watergate revelations
CH. 4 Debrief (Questions)
Was the Washington Post just after Nixon? 2 sides...
Trump, Feb 2017 (Video) What is the story the press wanted to tell? What story did Trump want to tell?
What were Nixon's specific issues with the Press (via his press secretary)?
Compare 1970s and now--President's relationship with the press
Hw: Read Ch. 5 All the President’s Men
Monday Sept. 9th
Day 10: News Story review..what is news?
Short Answer feedback (9/3) + Grading Standards
Jigsaw with news stories--note:Why was Woodward's meeting with Mrs. Mitchell "style" and not "news"?
How are these news?
Is there an agenda beyond informing the public?
Relationship between President + Press
HW: Look at Marin IJ: Which news stories would be of interest to RHS students/community?
Tuesday Sept. 10th
Day 11: Format of a news story
Re-cap Marin IJ
Listen: Morning Edition
-How does the journalist frame the story
SNL explanation/ slideshow (slides 1-6 only)
- Look at news items from Ch. 5..SNLs of Woodward and Bernstein from WaPo.
HW: Finish list of news items..sources/questions on sheet from last week
Wednesday Sept. 11th (7-period day)
Day 12: What is news?
- Watergate Revelations, Ch. 5--worksheet from last week
- Ethics and Interviewing: We will review the handbook pp. 19-25. It is also accessible in the "Handouts" section of the website.
- Check for understanding: What are restrictions for interviewing sources? Simulated interview...
HW: Read Ch. 9 from ATPM
Friday September 13th [Min. Day]
Day 13: Bark Issue I
[Hand out article 1 calendar]
- Article dissection
- Compare Feature to Investigative Stories--What have you learned so far?
HW: Story Ideas in spreadsheet by Tuesday 8am
Ch. 10 read by Tues.
Monday, September 16th
Day 14: Introduce Investigation 2: Theranos
- What does an investigation entail?
- What is a tip?
- Scenarios: Too good to be true??
- We will then watch this video together. [It is the precursor to the article below.]
- New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/15/blood-simpler
HW: 2 story ideas in spreadsheet w/source suggestions
Finish Ch. 10, ATPM
Tues., September 17th
Day 15: Choosing stories (sports schedule; news sources) RHS connection
- Proof story selection: Criteria--timeliness, relevance to community, RHS connection
- Storyplanning; crowd sourcing
HW: Decide on a story and/or contact Barkie
Thursday, September 19th
Day 16: [Block] Class Story Selection (need 36 per class)
- Review timeline for your article
- Steps: Contact sources, draft questions, do background research, take pictures, conduct interviews, do background research--> Once most/all material is gathered, then write story.
- Read and Debrief 2013 New York Times article
- How did Carreyrou use this as a source?
- Draft Questions/Contact sources.
HW: Contact 3 sources
Finish Ch. 11
Friday, September 20th
- Draft Interview Questions
- Constructing an article from Source material: model (Ch.11)
- Recall: How did the interview with Holmes tip off journalists?
HW: Read Ch. 19 “The Tip” for Monday
Interviews lined up
Monday, September 23rd
Day 18 Discuss “The Tip”
- Why is finding a story difficult?
- What were the initial challenges?
- What kept Carreyrou pursuing the story?
Economic Power v. Political Power: Is there a difference for reporters?
- What were the tips in ATPM?
HW: Read Ch. 12--All the President’s Men
Tuesday, September 24th
Day 19--From Source to Story
- How W & B Built their story
- Investigating People in power
HW: Read Ch. 14 All The President's Men
Thursday, September 26th
Day 20 [Block]--Taking Photos
Composing Photos: Samples
Using cameras...PPT here
Camera Handbook HERE
HW: Finish CH. 14 ATPM
Friday, September 25th
Day 21 --From Source to Story
- Bring in notes from sources and background information
- Peer Feedback: What questions still need to be answered?
- News: What is the latest?
- Have you contacted your Barkee about your progress?
HW: Read pg. 16 ATPM
Mon. Sept. 30th
What is the difference between a whistleblower, a snitch and a leaker?
News: Ukraine Whistleblower
Journalists and Whistleblowers: Deepthroat
HW: Finish ATPM, Deepthroat as Whistleblower article
Tues. Oct. 1--Does Watergate still matter?
End of ATPM: Significance today--Article + Worksheet
HW: Finish article and worksheet with evidence
Wed. Oct. 2 (Min Day)-What is sifting and verifying?
Discuss evidence from book
Read excerpt (Ch. 16) from Bad Blood on Tyler Shultz
Discuss the similarities and differences with Deep Throat
HW: Finalize article draft: you need everything but photos and captions. Submit to this folder.
Fri. Oct. 4--Draft due, in Bark Folder
You will have the chance to get editing from a classmate
Editing instructions: Using the "comments" tool for Google Docs, comment on the following:
1) Does the writer follow all guidelines? [Comment on the ones that are missing]
2) How effective are the components of the story? [Comment on the strength of the SNL, news peg and RHS connection.]
3) How accurately and appropriately are sources used? [Comment on the way the writer integrates quotes and parphrasing. Is context established the first time the source is mentioned? How do the quotes add to the story?]
Send text to your Barkie that the draft is for review in the folder.
Week 8: Wrapping Up Investigative Journalism
Mon. Oct. 7 Begin Spotlight--Notes
- Review of institutions investigated (private business, U.S. government)
- What might be the challenges of investigating the Catholic Church?
- We will watch the first part of Spotlight
HW: Read this article on more recent scandals involving the Church.
Thurs. Oct. 10 (block) Finish Spotlight
- Finish film
HW: Complete notesheet
Fri. Oct 11 Debrief Spotlight
- What are the similarities among the challenges of the Globe and WP investigative teams?
- What made the Boston story more challenging?
HW: Final draft of article due to Barkie.
Instructions for finalizing article are HERE.
Mon. October 14th--Debriefing Spotlight
We will first read the Globe article that began the coverage, 1/6/2002
Discussion: Why do the reporters choose to begin with the Geoghan story?
HW: Begin work on final essay for investigative journalism unit
Tues. October 15th-- Work session
What do you need to know to construct an analytical essay?
Brainstorm: What is the importance of a free press?
HW: Continue work on essay-Outline with topics and evidence for Thursday's class
Thurs. October 17th
Instruction on Wordpress [Handout HERE]
- Set up profiles
Final Article Folder in Bark Drive
- Photos in folders
- Transcript from Audiofiles
Rubric for Essay on the freedom of the press
HW: Continue work on essay--due Monday
Friday October 18th--Introduce Zeitoun and Lifestyles Genre (Unit 2)
What makes a "human interest" story?
- Think back to the Globe story on the Church scandal (1/6/2002)
What are recent natural disasters? How do we make them a human interest story?
- Paradise Victims, NPR Story 4/24/2019 (3:55)
Thus begins our second unit..here is the reading schedule.
HW: Investigative essay due Tuesday; article final draft + photos due by 8am Tuesday morning
Monday, October 21st--How does a natural disaster become a human rights story?
What human rights issues/ incidents of discrimination are happening in our world today? (20 min)
What is a human rights issue?
Scour the international and national news websites. Be sure you are consulting credible sources. Use this list as a guide. Submit the following in your folder for Nonfiction:
Name two different violations of human rights occuring today in other parts of the world
Paraphrase what is happening.
Could this happen in America? Why or why not?
Interviews to tell a story: Florida hurricanes
Watch this video. What questions would you ask Mandi Jackson to get her story?
HW: Final essay, hard copy due; Final draft of article, folder complete in Bark Drive--HERE is the folder in Bark Drive
Tuesday October 22nd-- Begin Article Cycle 2
- Photo Tutorial by Ms Schneider...refresher
- What is a Lifestyle article?
- Read sample for structure: What do you notice?
- Bark archives
- As you read old articles, what are the topics of these stories?
- What are some themes/topics that the Lifestyles section has not covered in the recent past?
HW: Read pp. 3-21
Thursday October 24th--Eggers's style and method
Interview Questions, revisit policies
- How does Eggers demonstrate American values and aspects of Zeitoun’s life?
- What is the significance of the time of six-thirty in the morning?
- Consider the fact that the Zeitouns are practicing Muslims. How does this make it an interesting detail that Eggers includes about the girls loving Pride and Prejudice?
- What does the story of the “forgotten first born”(8) reveal about Kathy?
- How do we know that Zeitoun’s birth family and life in Syria is still important to him?
- Describe Zeitoun and Kathy’s relationship. How do you know?
For each question, now give a question that Eggers must have asked to elicit this information.
You will have 15 minutes to share interview and source questions with a classmate. Is there any background research you could do on your topic to create more effective questions?
The third part of class will be a close reading of the second reading of Zeitoun. Be prepared to analyze what is said and how Eggers is structuring the story.
HW: Read pp. 21-36 in Zeitoun
Friday October 25th--Lifestyles Assignment
- Discuss through p 36
- Zeitoun, How do we know? (Characterization)
- Kathy, How do we know?
- Timeline--where are we in the scope of the crisis?
- Lifestyles Examples:
HW: Read thru 54 for Monday