Curriculum Resources

Permission to use the materials below is provided to classroom teachers and journalism students.


Eight Elements of News (slide show)
A very basic presentation to introduce beginning journalism students to news values and the goals of journalism.

Inverted pyramid diagram (PDF: Inverted Pyramid graphic)
Diagram of the inverted pyramid used in traditional news writing.

News story formula (PDF: News Story Formula)
The basics for writing a news story using inverted pyramid and a variety of leads based on 5W’s and H.

Nursery rhyme news brief (PDF: Nursery Rhyme Brief)
An assignment for beginning news writers where a nursery rhyme is the basis for a news story.


Libel basics (PDF: Libel)
A handout covering the basic components and defenses of libel.

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