Newspaper layout

Go to the following link and download the Indesign document. We will be using this template to layout your newspaper article.

This will form part of your external folio and you will be adding another newstory and advertisements during the year.

Analysing News

Part 1

Consider the same 3 stories from The Age ( and similar stories from The Guardian (

Generally newspapers report on the same events so this should not be too hard to find.

Analyse the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why.

  • Has each article covered the 5 Ws and an H?
  • Have they used this formula in their opening paragraphs?
  • If you use the inverted pyramid structure how much of the news article could you cut away and still make sense of it
  • How many people have been sourced for the article? Are there quotes, interviews and different points of view?
  • Is the article written in passive or active voice?
  • How different is the writing between The Guardian journalists and those working on The Age?
  • Which newspaper has a higher quality of writing?

Part B

After you have analysed the stories from both papers choose one to rewrite.
Do the folllowing:

  • You are a journalist working for the Kalori Daily. You will have to write a major story based on what you have read in The Age and The Guardian and change it enough so that it is not plagiarised.
  • You can use the quotes and interviews (if any) already in the newspaper article. You cannot make up your own quotes or interviews.
  • Create a headline for the story
    Then write the story so that it looks like an original article in the Kalori Daily
  • Go to Twitter and with the #kaloridaily tweet some information about the article that would encourage people to read it. Make sure you tweet it to Marist Media as well so I get some idea of what you have written about. Then email me the story. (Ask the supervising teacher for my email address if you don’t know it already).
  • Also, email me the draft of the actual news story you have been working on for the past few days based on events at school.

Constructing a news story

Today you will be constructing your own news story. You will need a recording device, either a pen and paper or electronic device.

Read through some past stories at:

Download the assignment newsreport_2015

Choosing and rewriting news

All news goes through a filter of editorial decision making.
Is the story relevant?
How recently did it occur?
Who are the stakeholders?
Is it in the public interest?

Choose from the selection of your fellow students to choose the following:

Which story is the lead?
Which story has potential to be expanded upon as a feature article?
Which story makes a good gossip piece?
Is there any particularly story that is controversial?
How can you protect or not exploit the subjects in the story?
How can the stories be improved?

Create headlines and edit the pieces so that they are concise.

Glenn interview by Angus
I Thought She Was Dead
Sydney Delay
Underage drinking
Local leader Angus Thomson is presented with distinguished Young Citizen of the Year Award
aaron story

Journalism and social media

Social media has altered media outlets in some of the following ways

  • It builds community
  • Reflects diverse opinions
  • Crosses all platforms, can build an audience on Facebook, Twitter and Blogs, Youtube, Instagram (can launch major stories using various interactive technology)to achieve saturation
  • Makes journalists more accessible
  • 24 Hour news cycle
  • Can change mistakes made by journalists

Media Outlets can view the stats on readership

  • Can tell what is trending and then focus more stories on those events
  • Create more feature articles and use slideshows, links, video and podcasts

Encourages a change in how news is reported

  • Rise in citizen journalism
  • Personalised local stories
  • Less passive voice more active s
  • Also means that certain jobs including cameraman, audio and editor are obsolete. Journalists now expected to do everything, shoot, write, edit, audio etc……

Mojo Journalism

This refers to new media storytelling using portable devices with network connectivity (iPads connect to the internet) They create (USG) user generated content from a smart device. They are the perfect citizen journalists.

Read the following articles—the-journalist-the-mobile-phone-and-the-prescient-poet

What equipment is required to be a mojo?
What the positives and negatives of mojo?
How could newspapers like The Advocate use mojos?
What about legal implications (not necessarily covered by Unions)

Telling a story
All news has a who, what, where, when how and why.
We will write a story in class about something that happened over the school holidays. You are to interview each other to find a short story,

Use your phone or another electronic device over the weekend to create a story for next weeks class
Script your story. Don’t just go out and film. Think about what story you want to tell and how you are going to tell it. Use the 4WsandH
Download a video editing app onto your phone

Social Networking and Social Media

Read the article about Rupert Murdoch

The article is important because not only does it highlight the influence of Rupert Murdoch on dictating to politicians but also that he is being much more open about it than in the past.

Then read through Chapter 14 of your Media Text Book, pages 409 through to 411.

Then read pages 420 to 424

Take notes about how citizen journalism and new technologies have changed the media landscape.

What is your opinion on how you, as a citizen journalist, could contribute to collecting and sharing information about your local area.
What are some issues you could highlight and draw attention to that would interest your age group?