Graduate project

Bringing Walter Cronkite to class: the case for incorporating journalism education into a U.S. history course

The proposed curriculum in this project combines the practices of journalism education, news media literacy, and 11th grade U.S. history. The journalism lessons and activities included in this curriculum are aligned with the standards and expectations of the California Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and the California Common Core Standards. This project identifies the intuitively symbiotic relationship between journalism and history education. It uses that relationship to enhance levels of student engagement, academic achievement, and two aspects of civic engagement: current events knowledge and a desire to engage in civil discourse. It consists of lessons and activities that are organized into three sections: journalism writing, journalism in U.S. history, and a project that combines history and journalism practices. Ideally, teachers would select lessons from each section, but they do not have to in order to be effective. Additionally, lessons from each section do not have to be implemented in a specific order. These lessons and activities are designed to promote student choice, critical thinking, collaboration, and real-world application of the skills and knowledge acquired.