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Navigate your way to great stories and photos with story planners

Navigate your way to great stories and photos with story planners

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

March 26, 2014


Filed under BOOKS, BOOKSHELF, LEARNING CENTER, LESSONS, LIBRARY, PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOJOURNALISM, STUDENTS, TEACHERS & ADVISERS, Uncategorized, WRITING, YEARBOOK

By Rob Melton It's all about the story, whether in words or photos. The trick is learning how to plan, gather and structure a story for your newspaper, yearbook, website or newscast. The purpose of the new Story Navigator planner forms is to lay everything on the table where you can work with it...

A story well told about an inspiring teacher, his students, and his family

A story well told about an inspiring teacher, his students, and his family

Rob Melton, Editor

August 8, 2013


Filed under STUDENTS, TEACHERS & ADVISERS, Uncategorized, WORKSHOPS, WRITING

By Rob Melton This New York Times video story reveals the power of personal stories. Jon Franklin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and professor, wrote about the process of finding the best character to tell the story in his groundbreaking book "Writing For Story."  The Dramatic Outline...

How to Tell a Story

How to Tell a Story

Mark Twain a.k.a. Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), Writer and Humorist

June 5, 2013


Filed under Uncategorized, WRITING

I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told, for I have been almost daily in the company of the most expert story-tellers for many years. There are several kinds of stories, but only one difficult kind--the humorous. I will talk...

Get up to speed fast with online stylebook and staff manual

Get up to speed fast with online stylebook and staff manual

June 4, 2013


Filed under LEARNING CENTER, LIBRARY, STUDENTS, TEACHERS & ADVISERS, Uncategorized, WRITING

<strong>By Rob Melton</strong> The online News Writer's Handbook serves up publications rules and guidelines for news writers, editors, photographers and designers. It's also a great teaching tool for new staff members to get up to speed. Best of all, it's free. Teachers and students have permiss...

42 tips, tricks, exercises from the pros on how to write a memorable narrative for your publication

42 tips, tricks, exercises from the pros on how to write a memorable narrative for your publication

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

October 2, 2012


Filed under ADVISERS, HELP!, LEARNING CENTER, LESSONS, LIBRARY, TEACHERS & ADVISERS, Uncategorized, WRITING

By Rob Melton Narrative is structured in the same way whether it is fiction or nonfiction. It uses all the devices of the narrative. Training young journalists in the art of reporting and interviewing for the kinds of details and perspectives needed for nonfiction narrative can be effectively devel...

Follow these simple techniques to write the perfect caption every time to intrigue, inform readers

Follow these simple techniques to write the perfect caption every time to intrigue, inform readers

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

September 30, 2012


Filed under ADVISERS, HANDOUTS, HELP!, LEARNING CENTER, LESSONS, LIBRARY, PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOJOURNALISM, TEACHERS & ADVISERS, Uncategorized, WRITING

By Rob Melton Notice what you just did? You looked at the featured photo, then you looked under the photo  for the words to help you understand what you just viewed. Then you looked back at the photo to fully appreciate what you know now that you didn't know just a few seconds before that. ...

Mob reporting at major school events results in outstanding live coverage, application of social media

September 26, 2012


Filed under ADVISERS, LEARNING CENTER, LESSONS, LIBRARY, NEWSPAPER, STUDENTS, TEACHERS & ADVISERS, Uncategorized, WRITING

By Rob Melton Last week journalism teacher Tom Gayda's North Central Publications students (70 of them!) participated in their own reporting mob at their homecoming game. He got the idea after someone posted something on the listserv last spring. His journalism students worked in groups and cover...

How to develop practical strategies for overcoming writing obstacles

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

August 23, 2012


Filed under ADVISERS, HELP!, LESSONS, LIBRARY, Uncategorized, WRITING

In Roy Peter Clark's new book, “Help! For Writers” — with its new mobile app — he came up with something quite different to help writers overcome the obstacles they face: Getting Started; Getting Your Act Together; Finding Focus; Looking for Language; Building a Draft; Assessing Your Progres...

Plan a makeover of your ‘What I did during summer vacation’ back-to-school feature before you leave

Plan a makeover of your ‘What I did during summer vacation’ back-to-school feature before you leave

July 9, 2012


Filed under IDEA FILE, LIBRARY, SPOTLIGHT, STUDENTS, TEACHERS & ADVISERS, Uncategorized, WRITING

Editor's Note: Every scholastic journalism program has done it: The Summer Vacation story. This year, turn that idea on its head. Let the students who stayed in town explain real life to those who were white water rafting, in London for the Olympics, or other exciting adventure vacations. Willamette Week...

How to persuade others to your point of view

How to persuade others to your point of view

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

March 19, 2012


Filed under ADVISERS, LEARNING CENTER, LESSONS, LIBRARY, NEWSPAPER, SPOTLIGHT, TEACHERS & ADVISERS, Uncategorized, WRITING

By Rob Melton Express yourself and influence others to make the world a better place for all people. That's the goal of all good opinion writing. Expressing your opinion and changing others’ opinions are two different things. In opinion writing, we are more effective if, in the process of shari...

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