WE DID IT! Amazing news, NewsHounds: we raised all $17,000 of our goal! Javier and I are so excited about this. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
1. By achieving our goal you helped us unlock an additional $3,500 from the Dow Jones News Fund making our official today $20,500. YAY! This additional funding means we can begin to develop an online teachers' guide with lesson plans, updated content and exclusive material.
2. We're not done yet, welcome to Stretch Goal territory! Every single cent right now will help us hit the ground running on the next wave of materials for HS educators across the country. So please consider stretching your donation to help us make a bigger impact and inspire the next generation of journalists. Are you in? Join us for the homestretch of the campaign and let's make "A NewsHound's Guide to Student Journalism" even more amazing, important and relevant.
NEW: To celebrate passing the $15k mark we're sharing a sneak peak of "A NewsHound's Guide to Student Journalism." Download Chapter 6: Blair Jayson here: http://bit.ly/NHch6sample
"A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism" is a comic book that doubles as a high school textbook to civically engage young people.
Part episodic graphic novel, part educational text, “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” offers high school cub reporters a glimpse into the dramas, adventures and ethical conundrums that make journalism so deeply compelling, rewarding and fun. It also provides a solid underpinning of media arts values and practice.
Why is it special?
Traditional journalism textbooks offer dull lists of story elements and types—these books are not going to change the world. “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” uses ripped-from-the-headlines narratives and realistic, relatable illustrations that challenge students to engage with the big issues of the day and of journalism. If we can fully fund this book, the country’s 10,000 media arts teachers will finally have a relevant instructional resource in a format that attracts students, meets states’ standards and provides effective classroom and reporting exercises.
The stories in “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” revolve around a diverse cast of characters on the newspaper staff in an urban high school who find themselves in situations that prove to be learning moments for them and the readers. Many of these situations— a tipster on school election fraud who calls himself “Deep Throat,” for example, or an ambitious young reporter named Blair Jayson who plays fast and loose with the facts—will ring a bell for news junkies. Packed with reporting exercises and fundamentals of the craft woven into engaging narratives, each comic also gives readers a look at the real-life event that inspired the tale.
Imagine the power of opening an illustrated book and seeing an image of someone who looks like you getting involved in his or her school’s activities and policies. Through “NewsHound” diverse character depictions, we will encourage young people by letting them know there is a place for them in the school’s media practices.
Why is it important?
The news media is facing critical times. Without a proper foundation in what good journalism looks like, teens are susceptible to falling prey to fake news and bad journalism. As adults, it is our responsibility to make sure young people understand how important the First Amendment is to our democracy.
Together, we can use the hands-on nature of journalism and the engaging format of comic books to help young people see themselves as an integral part of the world in which they live.
What will the money be used for?
Just like other artists whose passions are stretched over several projects, many of which are unpaid, the author and the illustrator of this project are forced to squeeze work on this project between paid gigs. The funding would be used so both can carve dedicated.significant time to complete the project by the publisher’s deadline of Sept. 1, 2017, so that the guide can be in teachers, and mentors, hands by the beginning of 2018.
What will the book look like?
Every teacher knows what great aides movies are—“All the President’s Men,” “Spotlight,” “Shattered Glass.” These movies work because students experience the drama and the hustle alongside on-screen reporters. “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” infuses that drama into a student-friendly format.
Students will meet newbie cub reporter Joe Kubble, who uncovers election fraud at his high school—that’s our Watergate story.
Then there is Blair Jayson—she’s an eager young reporter who takes on too much too fast. Sound familiar?
Our favorite is Trixie, NewsHound’s student editor-in-chief. She’s a force to reckon with. She inspires staff, handles school administration with maturity and meets all her deadlines.
In addition, we’ll have break-out pages and end-of-chapter sections that highlight key elements of journalism exemplified in the story.
Together, we can make this unique, out-of-the-box project come to life.
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Risks and challenges
We have the structure and support in place to get this book printed and into schools *if* we can cross this final funding threshold. CUNY Journalism Press is on board to publish “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” so we can have it in classrooms by January 2018. Our challenge will be in making sure the book meets purchasing requirements of individual schools, districts and states. We will be working closely with journalism teachers across the country to make sure “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” is found on all approved textbook lists.
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