Journalism – Thursday 12/10

MA Open Gov guide
Click on the above link to take you to a PDF of Massachusetts open records law. Write up information on your portion of the law to present to the whole group. Address what your section of the law allows for (and/or prohibits) and an example of why you or someone else would seek this information. This will prepare us for tomorrow’s panel!

Here are the pages you’re looking for:

Basic application – p. 3 – 8
Exemptions to the law – p. 8 -14
Categories – p. 17 – 22
Electronic records – p. 14 -16
Procedure – p. 22 -25

 

For students studying how these laws apply to students in public schools and college, click on the link below. Read pages 1 -4 and the conclusion paragraph on page 8. http://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.getsnworks.com/spl/pdf/ferpa_wp.pdf

Journalism class: Open records

Journalists, here are the files you’ll need for today’s class:

Goddard emails

Or click below to take you to my Dropbox. Look at the Tupac, Notorious BIG, ODB and Langston Hughes FBI files or the CIA cafeteria complaints.

Pick one of these files to look through. On a sheet of paper (or typed), explain what new information you found in these files and justify why this information should be available to the public. (Or, if you can, justify why this information shouldn’t be available to the public.) Try and get this to me before class ends.

 

Journalism – Friday work

Your writing prompt for today is this:
Now that we’ve finished our unit on ethics and mistakes, what have we learned about the job and values of being a journalist? Look over our work on ethical scenarios, the Rolling Stone article, Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass and explain how you as a journalist reporting on touchy subjects like your friends, your school and other people and places close to you, can avoid falling into the same traps as these journalists.

Here are the primary sources we’ve looked at during this unit:
Columbia report sections – Columbia Journalism School’s investigation of Rolling Stone
New York Times Blair correction
This American Life Retracts Story transcript
Ethical case studies

Make sure you’re citing real life examples and using quotes.

Journalism class, Monday 4/27 – Massachusetts open records laws

MA Open Gov guide

Click on the above link to take you to a PDF of Massachusetts open records law. Write up a one page reflection on your portion of the law. Address what your section of the law allows for (and/or prohibits) and an example of why you or someone else would seek this information.

Here are the pages you’re looking for:

Basic application – p. 3 – 8
Exemptions to the law – p. 8 -14
Categories – p. 17 – 22
Electronic records – p. 14 -16
Procedure – p. 22 -25

Open meetings

Basic applications – p. 26 – 30

For students studying how these laws apply to students in public schools and college, click on the link below. Read pages 1 -4 and the conclusion paragraph on page 8.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.getsnworks.com/spl/pdf/ferpa_wp.pdf