This Tuesday at the Times News and POPCORN

  • From: "Bates, Hal" <HBates@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 20:31:13 -0400

This Tuesday we will be meeting at the Times-News office as part of our
Journalism merit badge requirements. We will be meeting in the parking
lot behind the building at 7:00 and plan to be finished by 8:00.


We will be touring the Times-News and working on the merit badge with
Brent to complete some of the merit badge requirements. See below for
the details.




Hal Bates
Scoutmaster - Troop 17 <> 
2204 Teal Court
Burlington, NC 27215
HM: 336.585.1962
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From: Brent Lancaster
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:13 PM
To: Bates, Hal
Cc: John Maynard
Subject: newspaper visit


Along with the tour, we could hang out in the break room at the paper
and go over some stuff that I think will meet another of the

Here's a look at the requirements (the ones we are going to do are in


1.      Explain what freedom of the press is and how the First Amendment
guarantees that you can voice your opinion. In your discussion, tell how
to distinguish between fact and opinion, and explain the terms libel,
slander, defamation, fair comment and criticism, public figure, privacy,
and malice. Discuss how these matters relate to ethics in journalism. I
asked the guys to look into these terms. I can teach a little bit about
them Tuesday night and take care of this requirement.
2.      Do either A OR B: 

a. Newspaper and magazine journalism 

1. All on the same day, read a local newspaper, a national newspaper, a
newsmagazine, and (with your parent's permission) an online news source.
From each source, clip, read, and compare a story about the same event.
Tell your counselor how long each story is and how fair and accurate the
stories are in presenting different points of view. Tell how each source
handled the story differently, depending on its purpose or audience 

2. Visit a newspaper or magazine office Ask for a tour of the various
divisions, (editorial, business, and printing). During your tour, talk
to an executive from the business side about management's relations with
reporters, editors, and photographers and what makes a "good" newspaper
or magazine. We will take care of the visit Tuesday. They will need to
do the first one on their own. I can talk to them about that again on

b. Radio and television journalism 

1. All on the same day, watch a local and national network newscast,
listen to a radio newscast, and (with your parent's permission) view a
national broadcast news source online. List the different news items and
features presented, the different elements used, and the time in minutes
and seconds and the online space devoted to each story Compare the story
lists, and discuss whether the stories are fair and accurate. Explain
why different news outlets treated the stories differently and/or
presented a different point of view. 

2. Visit a radio or television station. Ask for a tour of the various
departments, concentrating on those related to news broadcasts During
your tour, talk to the station manager or other station management
executive about station operations, particularly how management and the
news staff work together, and what makes a "good" station. If possible,
go with a reporter to cover a news event. 

3.      Discuss the differences between a hard news story and a feature
story. Explain what is the "five W's and H." Then do ONE of the

a. Choose a current or an unusual event of interest to you, and write
either a hard news article OR a feature article about the event. Gear
the article for print OR audio OR video journalism. Share your article
with your counselor. 

b. With your parent's permission and counselor's approval, interview
someone in your community who is influential because of his or her
leadership, talent, career, or life experiences. Then present to your
counselor either a written or oral report telling what you learned about
this person. 

c. With your parent's permission and counselor's approval, read an
autobiography written by a journalist you want to learn more about.
Write an article that tells what you learned about this person and the
contributions this person has made to the field of journalism. 

d. Attend a Scouting event and write a 200-word article (feature or hard
news) about the event. Use either the inverted pyramid style or the
chronological style. Review the article with your counselor, then submit
it to your community newspaper or BSA local council or district
newsletter for consideration. We could talk about hard news vs. feature
and the five W's Tuesday if we have enough time. They will need to do
one of these on their own. I can point them in right direction if they
want to contact me or ask me about it Tuesday night

4.      Attend a public event and do ONE of the following: 

a. Write two newspaper articles about the event, one using the inverted
pyramid style and one using the chronological style. 

b. Using a radio or television broadcasting style write a news story, a
feature story and a critical review of the event. 

c. Take a series of photographs to help tell the story of the event in
pictures. Include news photos and feature photos in your presentation.
Write a brief synopsis of the event as well as captions for your photos.
Another one they will have to do on their own, unless you want to go to
something like a council or county commissioners meeting as a group and
have them all write about it. That  would work for (a).

5.      Find out about three career opportunities in journalism. Pick
one and find out the education, training, and experience required for
this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this
profession might interest you. Another one to do on their own though, as
with the other requirements that they do on their own, I can advise any
of them who want to contact me.

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to work with these guys.



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