Creating News Media
Looking for a multi-platform current events and social justice news source that is produced by kids, for kids? Click here to check out IndyKids, an active website with exclusive articles, interviews, podcasts, open dialogue and resources, workshops for kids to learn journalism and media literacy, and support for educators with teaching guides and classroom visits.
Media Quick Contacts
Looking to gain some public attention for your students’ work? Check out this list of contact info for various Chicago media outlets compiled by the Community Media Workshop.
Social Media Tips and Tricks
Seeking to help your students explore the different ways that social media can help them get their project’s message out to different audiences – and how to do that most effectively?
- Click here for a Prezi full of strategizing tips that Mikva staff originally created to help students at Gage Park HS think about how to spread the word about the gun exchange they are planning.
- Click the icon below to download a brief PowerPoint that lists FAQs (and answers) regarding the best times to use different social media.
- Click the here for a sample lesson plan that introduces students to both of the above resources.
This project by the PBS NewsHour uses journalism and video to tell topical and relevant stories about subjects of interest. The site features a wealth of short videos about various current events AND online editing software that allows students to mix these clips with video clips they create themselves. Each video story is also supported by lesson plans with content-based standards, discussion questions, student activities, vocabulary and primary references for teachers. Click here to explore the site.
What Kids Can Do
Seeking publicity for the awesome work your students are doing on their issue? Consider reaching out to WKCD, a national nonprofit organization focused on bringing public attention to the accomplishments and contributions of our nation’s youth, and asking them to cover your story. Just send a basic blurb including the who, what, when, where, and how to firstname.lastname@example.org; if they’re interested they will follow up.