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Level(s): Grades 8 - 12
Author: Adapted, with permission, from an article written by Gordon Sanderson, Reader's Advocate for The London Free Press.
This lesson is based on an article, which ran in the January 21, 1995 issue of the London Free Press. In the article, readers were asked to "play editor," by responding to cases based on real news events. The Free Press had an overwhelming response to their call for participants, which resulted in a follow-up article called "You were the Editor." In this lesson, students will become aware of the editorial decisions that have to be made by assuming the role of a newspaper editor who must decide what information to report, and what information to withhold in a series of prospective news stories. Once students have made their decisions, they shall see what the real editors decided in each case.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
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