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What's in the news, Dad?

What's in the news, Dad?



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Published by Judy O'Connell
We know that this passion for news is important – a vital component of future success in a world where global events change business opportunities or create new openings for innovation and success.
News and newsmedia are therefore an important part of the school curriculum.
We know that this passion for news is important – a vital component of future success in a world where global events change business opportunities or create new openings for innovation and success.
News and newsmedia are therefore an important part of the school curriculum.

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Published by: Judy O'Connell on Jun 25, 2009
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“What’s in the news
, Dad?
Judy O’Connell, Head of Library and Information Services
 College News Volume 3 2009
Boys and young men at St Joseph’s College have always been keen readers of the
latest news
sport, hometown news, political and economic worlddevelopments, and all the latest in social and cultural news. We know that thispassion for news is important 
a vital component of future success in a worldwhere global events change business opportunities or create new openings forinnovation and success.News is therefore an important part of the curriculum
learning is empoweredby knowledge of our times, our country and the social and cultural influencesthat define our nation. The Brother Liguori Resources Centre provides boys withdaily newspapers, and a wide range of journals and magazines for research andleisure reading all accessible in a comfortable new reading area.However, times are changing! There was a time when books, newspapers,magazines and journals were the prime source of content and information. It was always up to the reader to navigate the authority maze, enjoying slowreading of these limited information sources in order to gain a knowledge basethat matched a particular curriculum learning need. This was when content wasking and the teacher was the sage on the stage. Now
and flexibleaccess to news is vital to teaching in the new curriculum, and globally accessiblecontent is but grist to the mill that churns out new knowledge.The constancy of news, of many voices struggling to be heard, and people andmachines that spread that news has taken on new dimensions in the era of online news reporting. News media is changing, so understanding how the waynews media can work for or against 21
century learning is important. How wedeal with new and urgent information and how we value media scrutiny of newswill influence how we learn, how we work, and how we respond to or interpret current news.
Reading the News Online
Twenty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee wrote his original proposal for a better kindof linked information system. He was doing consulting for CERN (EuropeanOrganisation for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland, and found that itscommunication infrastructure was leading to information loss. So he proposed asolution using something called Hypertext. This led to the Hypertext Markup
Language, or, as it’s more commonly known now, HTML. That in turn, led to the
World Wide Web.Now parents, teachers and stu
dents use the ‘Net’ for all kinds of things
andteachers at the College incorporate the Net into learning experiences for their
students when appropriate. We all have our own favourite ways of navigatingour online spaces, embracing all the flexibility and speed of this informationgathering and distribution. The downside is that there is a LOT out there!!For the first time in history, the Internet has passed print newspapers as thepreferred source for news. According to the PEW Internet & American LifeProject research
, “Some 74% of internet users
--representing 55% of the entireadult population--went online in 2008 to get involved in the political process orto get news and information about the election. This marks the first time that aPew Internet & American Life Project survey has found that more than half of thevoting-age population used the internet to get involved in the political process
during an election year.”
When it comes to newspapers alone, we now have extensive coverage of all thedaily papers available online
and these cover local and global news throughtext and media formats. The National Library of Australia provides a link to thesesources at  http://www.nla.gov.au/npapers/.At the College we provide direct  links to
Hometown News @ Joeys
a friendly service powered by internet access.Newspaper
reading online is here to stay! It’s easy for
students to enjoy Australian and global news by visiting
Google News Australia
 as their jumping off point. http://news.google.com.au/ Google News is a computer-generated news site that aggregates headlines from more than 4,500English-language news sources worldwide, which groups similar storiestogether and displays them according to each reader's personalised interests.What a sensational way to keep informed!Skimming the headlines has always been a popular way of finding the next goodread. Skimming the headlines in a single newspaper on your desk in front of youis one thing
skimming the world news is quite another! The power of newsaggregation by readers such as Google News is to help with skimming, and moreimportantly, to allow readers more personalised options and a wider variety of perspectives from which to choose. Google News offers links to several articleson every story, so readers can first decide what subject interests them most and
then select which publishers’ accounts of each story
they would like to read.Clicking on the headline will take a reader directly to the site which publishedthat story.Students are expected to work with current affairs in many subject areas, so thepower of article skimming makes online tools such as Google Reader a powerfulcurriculum ally.On the other hand, readers of online news may prefer a quick visual interface tothis extraordinary wealth of online news.
PEW Report 2009,
The Internet’s Role in C 
ampaign 2008
, <http://tinyurl.com/dnzgrk>
application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the GoogleNews aggregator, and is well worth a visit!
Twitter News
In 1832, French journalist Charles Havas started Agence Havas, a news service in
Paris that sold translations of foreign news to the city’s newspapers. Agence
Havas was the first major private news agency in the world.
Getting the news to readers in a speedy manner was crucial to the agency’s
success, so as early as 1835, Havas used carrier pigeons to transport stock prices.Fast forward to 2009, when Iranian protesters are using Twitter
an onlinesocial-networking site that uses a bird as its unofficial icon
to send messagesabout the protests and police crackdowns to the rest of the world through theircell phones and the Internet. The tweets, or "microblogs," as the messages arecalled, have been so vital to behind-the-scenes information in Tehran that theU.S. State Department asked Twitter to delay scheduled maintenance to allowthe messages to continue.Major newsagencies around the world are using Twitter to broadcast information and updates. Media organisations and non-profit organisations areusing this service to supplement their online news services.
Books Online
Many boys at the College now own media capable mobile devices
netbooks oran iTouch or an iPhone. Teachers can see the potential for changing the future of information access with these devices. We can surf the net, pick up the news,check out the latest footy score, or play a game or two. But an area of interest often overlooked is the arrival of readily accessible classic literature on thesedevices. It is something to take note of.For the last four years, Google has been digitising millions of books, includingmany covered by copyright, from the collections of major research libraries, andmaking the texts searchable online.
Google’s Book Search
http://books.google.com.au/ currently features 1.5 millionpublic domain books. These books have also all been optimised to fit a mobile

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