These were the REQUIREMENTS
before the REVISIONS made on 03/01/1999.
To see the current requirements
- Do ONE of the following:
- Read two different newspapers and two different newsmagazines.
From each of these, cut out stories about the same event.
Put each item on a separate sheet of paper. Write an analysis
of each, explaining where and in what way each story is
objective or subjective and why each publication handled
the story differently for a different purpose or audience.
- Listen to two radio news broadcasts and watch two television
news broadcasts on the same day. List the different news
items, features and editorials on the broadcasts. Note the
time in minutes and seconds for each story. Write an analysis
explaining where and in what way each story is objective
or subjective, and why the stories were treated differently
for each audience by the two media.
- Do either a or b:
- Newspaper and magazine journalism:
- Visit a newspaper or magazine office. Ask for a
tour of the various divisions (editorial, business,
and printing). During your tour talk to an executive
from the business side of management's relation with
reporters, editors, and photographers and what makes
a "good" newspaper or magazine. If possible, go with
a reporter to cover a news event.
- With the help of your counselor, prepare a newspaper
layout, edit copy, and proofread a story after it has
been set up in type, and be able to explain the printing
- Radio and television journalism:
- Visit a radio or television station. Ask for a tour
of the various departments, concentrating on those related
to news broadcasts. During your tour, talk to the station
manager or other station management executive about
station operations, particularly how management and
the news staff work together, and what makes a "good"
station. If possible, go with a reporter to cover a
- With the help of your counselor prepare a radio
or television news show format. Edit an audio tape or
a video tape. Explain what it takes to put a radio or
television news broadcast on the air.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Attend a news event. Write a newspaper news story about
the event, a sidebar feature, and an editorial or critical
review of the event.
- For the same event, for radio or television, write a
news story, a color story and an editorial or critical review.
- For the same event, take a series of photographs that
would help to tell the story in pictures, including some
news photos and some feature photos. Write captions for
your photos and a brief story of the event.
- Answer at least three of five questions about qualifications,
educational preparation, training opportunities, wages, and
personal satisfaction in a career in journalism.
BSA Advancement ID#: 66
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November 28, 2017