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Contemporary Issues: Scavenger Hunt
Due Date: 5/18/2018
Subject: Contemporary Issues

Quiz on the week, Collect weekly notes Newspaper Scavenger Hunt: Find each of these and turn them in. Use whatever media you like

  • something being given away for free
  • an article about animals
  • an article about an act of kindness
  • an advertisement for an upcoming event
  • a movie listing for a cartoon you’d like to see
  • an article about the weather
  • an article related to politics
  • something on sale for more than $200,000
  • a comic strip involving an animal that could be a pet
  • an article about a fundraising event
  • a red vehicle for sale
  • a job posting for a job in construction
  • a house for sale listed in your area
  • a birth announcement
  • a posting for Lost & Found
  • a story about bravery
  • an advertisement for sporting goods
  • an engagement announcement
  • an entertainment review
  • an advertisement for travel

Contemporary Issues: Analyzing the News
Due Date: 5/16/2018
Subject: Contemporary Issues

Abbreviation/acronym search. The names of many common organizations are shortened to their acronym form when used in news stories. For example, the American Broadcasting Corporation becomes ABC, the National Organization for Women becomes NOW, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration becomes NASA. Also, abbreviations are commonly used for state names and some titles, such as Tex. (for Texas) or Sen. (for Senator). Create a list of acronyms and abbreviations you find in the daily newspaper. (Note: You might include the classified ad section in your search. Many abbreviations can be found there.)

Contemporary Issues: Why is it news?
Due Date: 5/15/2018
Subject: Contemporary Issues

Why is it news? Each day, newspaper editors around the world must make decisions about which stories they will publish. Stories make it into newspapers for many different reasons. Look at the stories that have made the front page of a local newspaper during the last few days and to talk about why each of those stories made headlines. Among the reasons you might come up with are these:

  • Timeliness -- News that is happening right now, news of interest to readers right now.
  • Relevance -- The story happened nearby or is about a concern of local interest.
  • Magnitude -- The story is great in size or number; for example, a tornado that destroys a couple houses might not make the news but a story about a tornado that devastates a community would be very newsworthy.
  • Unexpectedness -- Something unusual, or something that occurs without warning.
  • Impact -- News that will affect a large number of readers.
  • Reference to someone famous or important -- News about a prominent person or personality.
  • Oddity -- A unique or unusual situation.
  • Conflict -- A major struggle in the news.
  • Reference to something negative -- Bad news often "sells" better than good news.
  • Continuity -- A follow-up or continuation to a story that has been in the news or is familiar.
  • Emotions -- Emotions (such as fear, jealousy, love, or hate) increase interest in a story.
  • Progress -- News of new hope, new achievement, new improvements.

In the days ahead, study each front-page story and talk about why editors decided to put the story on page one. Which reason(s) on your list would explain the newsworthiness of the story?

Contemporary Issues: Sequencing Events
Due Date: 5/14/2018
Subject: Contemporary Issues

Procedure: Class Discussion /Television coverage of events/Occasional Internet research via cell phone/ Newspapers/ News magazines

Sequence the facts. Select two news stories that includes a clear sequence of events. Write each of the facts of the story on a separate strip of paper.