Habits of Mind
Unit 1
 
WHAT DISTINGUISHES A GOOD JOURNALIST?
 

Examples

Exercises

 

Exercises

EXERCISE WH1-1

 

Have you ever taken initiative in a situation?  If so, describe what you did and what the results were.  Does this experience offer any insight into being a good journalist?

 

EXERCISE WH1-2

 

Have you ever been persistent in a situation?  If so, describe what you did and what the results were.  Does this experience offer any insight into being a good journalist?

 

EXERCISE WH1-3

 

Have you ever followed your curiosity in a situation?  If so, describe what you did and what the results were.  Does this experience offer any insight into being a good journalist?

 

EXERCISE WH1-4

 

Go to a public place such as the lounge in your school’s student union building.  Have a seat and listen.  Take notes about what you hear people talking about.  Make sure you’re in a public place so you don’t intrude into a space where someone would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Then, as you review your notes, respond to these questions:

 

a.  Do you see any patterns or trends in what you heard?

 

b.  Can you identify anything that might make a good topic for a news story?

 

c.  What questions would you want answered to make a story about this topic interesting to you?  To a sibling or friend of yours? 

 

d.  What information could you find out to make a story about this topic useful for a diverse audience?