Adding another level, interact with student stories

My second blog post was about the eight-second attention span of our Gen-Z audience. These students who live with multiple social media, gaming, and shopping apps open on their phones at all times. Not only are these apps open, but our students simultaneously bounce back and forth without missing a beat. My real hope in … More Adding another level, interact with student stories

Moore News: Episode 2, Talking with MHS seniors. What does it take to prepare for sectionals?

This week was interesting for a lot of reasons, and although this may seem like an odd way to start a blog post regarding what I learned this week, I promise there is a punchline to this story. I started my Sunday with the time change, losing an hour of sleep, then meeting 26 parents … More Moore News: Episode 2, Talking with MHS seniors. What does it take to prepare for sectionals?

Moore News: Episode 1, Preparing for IHSA Sectional and State Events

I can officially mark another first off my list of awkward journalism experiences–the first podcast. This project came during a week when my students were also working on an awkward project of their own, so throughout the week, I’ve listened to them worry about being “cringey.” Well, kiddos, you get a chance to hear what … More Moore News: Episode 1, Preparing for IHSA Sectional and State Events

Making it possible to finally teach photography

I’ve taught yearbook and journalism for years, but until this semester, never felt I could teach one of the most important components to my students–photography. For years, I’ve placed cameras in the hands of my kiddos and had them shoot in auto mode or the action presets, never realizing the freedom that could come from … More Making it possible to finally teach photography

Gen Zers eight-second attention span proves problematic for journalists

Our students view their world in likes, favorites and retweets. They make decisions based on how they look to others on social media. They also get their news (either from peers or celebrities) on social media. They connect with new friends. This is their world. Cellphones have changed how this teen generation spends their time. … More Gen Zers eight-second attention span proves problematic for journalists

Clearing my plate to make “Moore” time

The opportunity fell into my lap, without warning, without preparation, but not without enthusiasm. This sums up how I started teaching journalism. It started with a simple question at my interview for an English position at Meridian High School, Macon, Ill. “How do you feel about yearbook?” To be honest, I’d looked at a yearbook, … More Clearing my plate to make “Moore” time