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HMC Media Lesson Plan

HMC Media Lesson Plan

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Derek's 8 Steps to Learn a Ton, Have a Good Time, and Kick Ass with HMC Media1. How HMC Media Works
HMC Media is special.
Welcome to HOME BASE.
 The HMC Media Newsletter, Video, and Blog.
Distribution to the whole conference! Everyone sees what YOU do.
We're a big deal. But with great power... comes great responsibility (classic newssource: Spiderman).2. You
As an HMC Media Delegate
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Respect us and we'll respect you!
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We get a lot of freedom, but it can be taken away... so no shopping at thePrudential Center
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Ethics
As a Reporter
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 YOU ARE THE FUTURE JOURNALIST.
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Multimedia: writing, pictures, videos, links, and more-- different kind of writing, different kind of thinking
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Slate, Huffington Post, etc...
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 You are embedded in committees-- and you will be loved & hated
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Curiosity + Skepticism + Determination = success.3. Us
 Your HMC Media Staffers
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We are awesome
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We will help frame your topic, news story, offer new resources, etc... We'rehere to offer opinions, guide, edit, condense, clarify, and improve.
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Ask us anything and we'll try to figure it out. We may go to Harvard, but wedon't know everything. And if we don't know-- we'll tell you so.4. Reporting
Preparation
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Know the issue. Key is being able to learn a lot about stuff you didn't know ina short period of time.
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Need to know: who are the key players, prepare questions and list looooongbefore
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Often, the story is going to be about exactly what they don't want you towrite about
Investigation
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Showing up is half the battle, be in the action. This is home base, but.. youneed to be on the battlefield.
Interviews!
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Balance between questioning & listening. Guide it. Start easy. Everyoneshould offer to give you an interview. Be proactive. Make sure to verify things!
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"Off the record" = In HMC, it means must corroborate with 1 source & can'tidentify (except as "a Republican senator," e.g.)5. Articles
News
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150-250 words.
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Breaking news and facts! What do they need to know?

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