exercise 1.1. selection of topic for a news story
the aim of the exercise is to help participants understand criteria for identifying newsworthiness of a story. the exercise consists of three stages: the first stage involves the selection of topic based on personal experience, the second stage envisages the same but based on the experience of other people, and the third stage involves discussion.
exercise 1.2. inverted pyramid
the aim of exercise is to help participants develop skills of structured news writing.
exercise 1.3. agenda setting
the process of editorial decision-making implies the selection of important information, during which media, apart from informing society about current events filters out certain information too. various factors may impact the agenda setting by media. the aim of the exercise is to help the participants develop decision making skills as well as skills of critical analysis of those factors which may affect agenda setting.
exercise 1.5. telephone game (chinese whispers)
the participants tell a story they heard to one another exactly in a way as it is in children’s game (telephone game or chinese whisper). they learn how to obtain additional information from other sources.