COMPLETED: July 31, 2013
Do eight of the following, including the italicized requirements:
Visit a newspaper office and observe the various departments. Learn how news is gathered, including international news, and how newspapers are made. Help produce a school, camp or troop newspaper. Or, act as troop scribe. Know the basic principles of writing a news story. Write one based on local events or troop activities.
- Know proofreading marks. Read and correct your own copy or proof.
Interview some person in whose ideas you are interested. Write up the interview in newspaper style. Write a feature story or article on some subject appropriate to your paper.
- Write an editorial.
Write a review of a movie or play you have seen or a book you have read. Make the form of your review similar to those observed in newspapers or magazines. Make a drawing or a photograph to illustrate one of the articles you have written.
- Know what a copyright means, how it is obtained, and for how many years it is given; and what is meant by libel and plagiarism.
- Hand set in type an announcement or brief article; or, help in the printing or mimeographing of the school, camp, or troop paper.
- Tell your troop about the qualifications and opportunities in the field of journalism as a vocation.
Make a typewritten copy of one of your articles.
- Read a book or series of articles telling about how newspapers are made, the history of early newspapers, or the life of a famous journalist, and tell your troop about it.
- Read a newspaper regularly and keep a scrapbook of good examples of different kinds of stories, cartoons, headlines, and layout.
- Make a collection of the interesting newspaper words you have discovered while working on this badge. Play a quiz game based on the meanings of these words.