Student Voices Deadline: Get your students published in the Boston Herald!

§ April 23rd, 2015 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, Student Voices § Tagged , , , , , , , § No Comments

 

Student Voices is a unique writing opportunity for students. Each month, students write about a newsworthy and relevant topic of their choice and have a chance to get published in the Boston Herald print newspaper and website. To participate, respond to any Boston Herald article from the past two weeks in 300 words or less.

Tips for students:

  • Make sure your article is an opinion piece, not a factual article. We want to hear your opinions!
  • Because articles are usually published at the end of the following month, students should choose a topic that will still be newsworthy a month later.  For example, if you wrote about the Super Bowl in January, the articles didn’t run until the end of February, so it wouldn’t be chosen as it is old news.

Guidelines:

Responses must be no more than 300 words and sent in by the student’s teacher. We will not accept submissions directly from students. Please email responses to julie.defrancesco@bostonherald.com by Friday, May 29th.

You may include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

One response will be chosen to be published in the Boston Herald newspaper. All students who participate will have their work published on the NIE Blog.

Because students can write about any topic, it’s easy to integrate this activity into your curriculum for any subject! Teaching journalism? This activity can be integrated into journalism lesson plans while learning about the Op-Ed and Letters to the Editor sections of the newspaper. Refer to the Op-Ed section of the daily Boston Herald as a guide. Read the Smart Edition here.

Find examples of past Student Voices responses here.

Questions? Contact julie.defrancesco@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6223.

Weekly News Quiz, April 20

§ April 20th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here. A text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.

 

Questions:

1.  What former Secretary of State officially announced her candidacy for presidency?

2.  Name the three official GOP presidential candidates.  

3.  Who did the Red Sox play in their home opener on Monday, April 13th?

4.  What star athlete threw the first pitch at the Red Sox’s home opener? 

5.  What American runner won the Boston Marathon last year, being the first American to win since 1983?

6.  A moment of silence fell over Boylston Street at 2:49pm on Wednesday, April 15th, to mark the second anniversary of what?

7.  What was the verdict in the trial surrounding former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez?

8.  A man was arrested in Washington, D.C. for doing this on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 

9.  What famous supermodel walked in her last runway show this past week?

10.  Record Store Day, which occurred this past Saturday, April 18th, was established almost a decade ago.  This day helped what means of listening to music re-enter the market and achieve recent growth in sales.

Answers to last week’s quiz:

1.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

2.  Aaron Hernandez

3.  Apple Watch

4.  Chef Nightly

5.  25 years

6.  Maura Healey

7.  2016

Student published in Boston Herald: April’s Student Voices selection

§ April 17th, 2015 § Filed under Current Events, Student Voices § Tagged , , , , , , , , , § No Comments

Congratulations to this month’s Student Voices writer, Katrin O’Grady, a student at the Montrose School in Medfield.  You can check out Katrin’s article published on BostonHerald.com here.

Many Bostonians are unaware that at the intersection of Wellesley, Weston, and Newton exists a Nordic skiing hub.

In fact, the Weston Ski Track is the only cross-country ski facility with snowmaking capabilities within two hours of Boston. Weston Ski Track shares land with the Leo J. Martin Golf Course, both owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The DCR leases the land to the Weston Ski Track in the winter on a contract basis.

For 40 years, the two sports have shared the same space without a hitch; however, recent modifications by the DCR to improve golf on the facility have decreased available ski turf.

Advocates for preserving the ski track formed Friends of Leo J. Martin Skiing (FOLJMS), a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve the coexistence of both ski and golf in one facility. The group formed a year ago, when changes to the golf course raised alarm. Orange fences marked off spaces formerly used for skiing. Mounds of dirt littered the normally smooth trails. Skiable terrain was cut by 30 percent.

FOLJMS advocate Elizabeth Wilcox explained the organization’s goals: “FOLJMS has been working with the DCR as it invests in the golf facility to ensure that DCR’s work does not jeopardize the long-term sustainability of 
the ski facility.”

She added that the organization strives to demonstrate to the DCR “how changes made to the golf course impact the ski facility” and “to educate the DCR on the value that the winter facility brings to the Greater Boston community.”

In the 2012-13 season alone, the ski track boasted approximately 30,000 visits in just about four months. The ski track is home to high school and college teams and provides a healthy way for Boston and surrounding communities to stay active in the winter.  

Teachers — you can get your students published in the Herald! To participate, sign up for our free News­papers in Education program at BostonHeraldNIE.com.  Keep your eye on the NIE blog  for the submission requirements.

 

Weekly News Quiz, April 13

§ April 12th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here. A text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.

Questions

1. Last week, a jury found this man guilty on all charges related to the attacks at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

2. The jury for this former New England Patriots player will be deciding if he is guilty or innocent this week.

3. This new device from Apple went on sale for pre-orders over the weekend.

4. This new app will order food to be delivered to your house automatically, before you think to order it yourself.

5. Incubate is a new app that lets you send text messages how long into the future?

6. Name the Attorney General who is asking the federal government to forgive student debt for students of for-profit schools.

7. Over the past few weeks, politicians have been announcing their candidacy for the Presidential elections of what year?

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. Breakfast.

2. Tidal.

3. $149.

4. Parking meters.

5.

1. Aaron Hernandez.

2. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

6.

1. Passover.

2. Easter.

 

Weekly News Quiz, April 6

§ April 6th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show-style quiz board of this week’s top stories here. A text only version of the questions is below, as well as answer’s to last week’s questions.

Questions

1. McDonalds announced they will begin to test serving what meal all day?

2. Musicians are promoting a new music streaming service co-owned by a variety of recording artists, called what?

3. Google released their cheapest chromebook yet, aimed for students, costing only how much?

4. Boston will be expanding its ParkBoston app to all of these roadside devices.

5. Two major trials are continuing in Massachusetts courts this week. Name one.

6. Two major religious holidays were celebrated over the weekend. Name one.

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. Ted Cruz.

2. Apple.

3. Underwater.

4. Live stream video.

5. France

6. Springfield.

 

Weekly News Quiz, March 30

§ March 28th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show-style quiz board of this week’s top news stories here. A text only version of the questions is below, as well as the answers to last week’s quiz.

Questions

1. Last week, this Republican from Texas announced his plans to run for President.

2. The biography Becoming Steve Jobs went on sale last week. It talks about the life of the creator of what company?

3. Researchers from Northeastern University are developing wireless internet that will work where?

4. With apps like Periscope and Meerkat, you can now do what on social media?

5. The details are still being investigated about a German plane that crashed into which country?

6. MGM broke ground this week on a casino in which Massachusetts town?

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. Bikers

2. E-Cigarettes (electronic cigarettes)

3.108.6

4. “One Boston Day.”

5. Hacking, Cybersecurity.

6. Producing, sharing, and reading content on tablets, computers, and smartphones.

7. Manufacturing.

8. Starbucks.

Weekly News Quiz, March 23

§ March 23rd, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show-style quiz board of this week’s top news stories here. A text only version of the questions is below, as well as the answers to last week’s quiz.

Questions

1. Lawmakers are aiming to make city streets more friendly to this type of two-wheeled commuter.

2. Lawmakers have recently filed regulations for this new type of controversial cigarette.

3. Boston set the new record for snowfall last week with how many inches of snow?

4. The mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, declared April 15 to be called what, in rememberence of the city’s resiliency in light of marathon bombings.

5. Local hospitals are boosting the security for their medical records and data due to this type of threats.

6. The new superintendent of Boston Public Schools wants students to focus on a 3 screen day, which means what?

7. Rethink Robotics unveiled a family of robotics that will work alongside humans in this industry.

8. This popular coffee chain has been highly criticized for their controversial “Race Together” campaign.

Answers

1. Deval Patrick.

2. Cybersecurity.

3. Selma.

4. Apple Watch.

5. 1. A free day of train rides in April, 2. A discount on monthly commuter passes for May

6. Darrelle Revis.

 

Weekly News Quiz, March 16

§ March 15th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive, game show style quiz board of last week’s top stories here. A text only version of the questions is below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.

Questions

1. This former Massachusetts governor will be working with the 2024 Boston Olympics commitee.

2. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker called this term, which describes protection against hacking and data theft, one of the biggest challenges in Massachusetts.

3. Last week, thousands of people marched over a famed bridge in which Alabama town to commemorate civil rights?

4. Last week Apple revealed what highly anticipated new wearable technology device?

5. Due to the record amount of snow and many cancellations and delays, the MBTA is offering two forms of compensation to commuters. Name one.

6. Which Patriots player signed with the New York Jets last week after a Super Bowl winning season in New England?

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. Witness protection.

2. A. Technology.

3. False.

4. The snow.

5. Video games.

6. Harrison Ford.

Weekly News Quiz, March 9

§ March 8th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Teachers, find an interactive quiz board of our Weekly News Quiz here. Find a text only version of the questions below, as well as answers to last week’s questions.

Questions

1. Charlie Baker plans to improve this state program that offers protection to people who have witnessed a crime and plan to testify about what they’ve seen.

2. The newly appointed leader of Boston Public Schools wants to add more ______ to classrooms.

A. Technology.

B. Classroom Pets.

C. Board Games.

D. All of the Above.

3. True or False: Area consumers are happy that gas prices are continuing to drop.

4. Area commuters are asking the MBTA for refunds because of train delays and cancelations due to what?

5. PAX East, a three day conference in Boston this week, hosted fans of what kind of games?

6. This Indiana Jones actor crash landed his airplane and thankfully was fine.

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. Birdman.

2. Parks and Recreation.

3. Russia.

4. Bourne.

5.B. 30 percent.

6. Net Neutrality.

 

Weekly News Quiz, March 2

§ February 27th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Teachers, try our Weekly News Quiz for a fun current events activity for the whole class. Access a game show style interactive quiz board of our Weekly News Quiz here. A text only version of the questions can be found below, as well as the answers to last week’s quiz. Enjoy!

Questions

1. Which movie won the award for Best Picture at the Oscars?

2. Last week, this television show starring Amy Poehler aired its final episode.

3. The world’s largest plane landed at Logan last week and hails from what country?

4. A police officer from this Massachusetts town was injured in a shootout in early February and is bouncing back and recovering quickly.

5. With the blizzards and snow days over the past month, usage of Smart Phone apps increased by how much?

  • A. 10 percent.
  • B. 30 percent.
  • C. 75 percent.
  • D. Usage didn’t increase.

6. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to keep these rules that would keep internet speeds equal for companies large and small.

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. Fort Myers, Florida.

2. New York Fashion Week.

3. 30.

4. Roof collapse.

5. $15,000.

6. Revere.

7. Beef.

8. Walmart.

 

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