Lesson 1: Journalism

Lesson Plan

What separates journalism from other kinds of information out there? Would you know reliable reporting if you saw it? This lesson introduces students to journalistic standards and ethics. Students learn basic markers of high-standards reporting based on the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. They flex their new skills by analyzing a variety of examples to identify what reliable reporting looks like.

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This resource was created with support from the Raab Family Foundation.


  • Recognize standards-based journalism
  • Identify markers of verification, transparency, accountability, and independence in a news story
  • Evaluate the reliability of an anonymous source