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TNT 21 2013: Top Submissions to Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century, Volume 2, published by Newspaper and Online News Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, p.6.


ProWatch, an activity in critical thinking, is an assignment that I use in beginning reporting and editing classes, but it can be adapted easily for use in editing and advanced reporting classes. It is designed to make students read the newspaper, identify sources of story ideas, develop interviewing skills, identify Associated Press style, think about presenting stories across platforms and strengthen story organization skills. This assignment is used throughout the semester so that students can gain these skills by critically examining the published work of professional journalists.