School & Community News

Workshop explores reporting ideas
January 15, 2013

January 2013…Healthy NewsWorks is beginning to venture into audio journalism through its partnership with WHYY’s NewsWorks.

How to craft an audio news report was one of the prime topics during a Healthy NewsWorks workshop held in December 2012 at WHYY’s Philadelphia offices and studios. NewsWorks (no relation to Healthy NewsWorks) is the online home of WHYY News.

Also during the workshop, Cole Manor Elementary School teachers Natalie Shuler and Nicole Harmon shared a draft of their teacher’s guide to Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities, the book Healthy NewsWorks student journalists published in May 2012. The guide includes lesson plans that can help teachers incorporate the book into the classroom and connect its concepts and stories to core curriculum standards. It also will be used to develop guides to the school health newspapers.

Other speakers during the workshop discussed new interactive features of the Healthy NewsWorks website, our effort this school year to educate children about prescription drug safety, and plans for a new book to be published in spring 2013.

The workshop, which was attended by about 20 teachers, school nurses, and volunteers, concluded with a tour of the WHYY studios.

“We were thrilled with the turnout and the discussion,” said Marian Uhlman, director of Healthy NewsWorks. “And we are very grateful to WHYY for letting us use their facilities for the workshop and for providing such great ideas about how we can further enrich the journalism experience for our students.”


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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.