Journalism Jeopardy:  Journalism 1 is Using Various Methods to Keep Cadets Engaged

Journalism Jeopardy:  Journalism 1 is Using Various Methods to Keep Cadets Engaged
By Hunter “Big Chill” Cheely ’22

The Journalism 1 class was in high gear before the coronavirus happened, but Journalism 1 is still kicking through the Zoom meeting. Mr. Forster — Journalism teacher— has been giving Cadets new ways to practice their journalism knowledge.

One method is Journalism Jeopardy. Journalism Jeopardy is like regular Jeopardy, except Mr. Forster changes out the questions with journalism related topics.

For example, a question could be about a Cadet in the class such as, "Who is the person that is always at Parade, Rest—a military position where the Cadet would be standing with his feet 10 inches apart and his arms in the small of his back?" Then the class would respond with their answer from one of the members in their group. If it is correct, it would be plus 100 points toward their team, if incorrect it would be minus 100 points.

Not only are there questions about Cadets in the class, there are questions about the AP—Associated Press—style of writing. For example, "What punctuation is not used in the AP style of writing?". Using questions like this will make Cadets look back on the presentations Mr. Forster has done in the class before coronavirus. The proper answer of the question could be one of two punctuation marks, the use of the Oxford comma— a comma used in a serial comma train, it comes before and when listing off things—as well as the exclamation point, because there is no need to punctuate your way to enthusiasm; your writing should have all the enthusiasm on its own.

Mr. Forster using this method has made changing over to Zoom meeting a little easier for the Cadets, granted that Mr. Forster is nowhere near an easy or a "soft" teacher. The Cadets are still having to produce opinions and article pieces each week on the topic about the school. But Journalism Jeopardy is a great method for Journalism Cadets to keep the knowledge of Journalism and do it in a fun way.

Journalism Jeopardy:  Journalism 1 is Using Various Methods to Keep Cadets Engaged
Journalism Jeopardy:  Journalism 1 is Using Various Methods to Keep Cadets Engaged

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