ePals has announced the launch of News Now, a new learning center on www.ePals.com/journalism dedicated to helping high school students learn professional news and editorial reporting skills. The center provides resources aligned with "real world" journalism practices and communications standards such as the Common Core Standards in the United States, and encourages students to develop and showcase their own reporting and journalism skills.
Collaboration is at the heart of News Now with students encouraged to contribute articles, and critique and share comments with peers from around the world. A series of topic areas and "assignment desks," organized by genre, allow students to publish and learn simultaneously as they create and post their own work alongside that of professional journalists.
News Now provides a safe, collaborative and interactive environment where students can:
- Read and comment on professional and student-generated news organized by topic areas including World, Sports, Science, Travel, and Lifestyle
- Access content around media/news literacy to get students thinking about what they are reading with a critical eye
- Gain critical college and career skills by writing and publishing their own stories to the website, and maintaining a portfolio of work they can share with others
- Review and analyze different types of journalism with a toolbox that helps them generate hard news, opinion editorials, special interest pieces, and features
- Participate in assignment desks - thought starters and challenges to help students get inspired
"ePals Learning Centers bring together people, resources and activities on educationally relevant subjects," says ePals President Ed Fish. "Our News Nowjournalism center, combined with the global scope and perspective of ePals provides a unique environment for aspiring young journalists to report on topics that affect them, learn best practices and share perspectives on issues that impact their futures in a connected world."
Source: ePals Corporation, www.epals.com