The CDC’s recommendation for 16- and 17-year-olds comes just hours after the Food and Drug Administration expanded eligibility for Pfizer and BioNTech’s third shot to that age group.
The CDC’s strong recommendation and the FDA’s emergency authorization come only a day after Pfizer and BioNTech released initial lab data indicating that booster shots provide high levels of protection against the highly mutated omicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19.
The preliminary data found that omicron significantly reduces the protection provided by the initial two-dose series. Boosters, on the other hand, fight the variant at levels comparable to the 95% protection provided by the two-dose series against the original strain of the virus, the lab results showed.
Here’s what you can do:
With 16- and 17-year olds eligible for the booster, high schoolers across the country will be getting in line for another jab. Find where your classmates will be going to get theirs and try to tag along to ask people why they are getting a booster.
How is the new COVID variant affecting your community and are the students at your school concerned? This is great opportunity to find statistics about vaccine booster efficacy and how many people in your city are vaccinated.
Get the full picture by asking fellow students who are in favor of and against the vaccine.
Don’t trust data automatically, check for their context.
Use trusted and reliable sources — experts in the field.
Understand what’s known and what’s not about the vaccine.
Explain in detail scientific vocabulary.
Avoid sensationalism and click-baiting.
Going for the gold
Facebook puts pause on development of kid-oriented Instagram app
Poynter Institute asked high school and college journalists to submit work from their newspapers that they are most proud of. Five high schools were featured on this list:
Palo Alto High School in California for their investigative piece on TA grading privileges, and features about gender-fluid fashion and student athletes,;
Huron High School in Michigan with coronavirus coverage about the costs of going back to school in person and a feature about bipartisanship;
Wastenaw International High School in Michigan for features about National Diabetes Awareness Month, Michigan’s menstrual equity and Gay-Straight alliance leaders;
Lakewood High School in Florida with breaking news coverage about an LGBTQ+ book being removed from their library; and
Dougherty Valley High School in California with an investigative piece about dress codes.
For the full list of selections, check it out here.
Here’s what you can do:
Contests are a great way to excite and invigorate a newsroom. With so many opportunities for student journalists to be recognized for their work (including Quill and Scroll’s contests) awards are just around the corner for every type of story.
The Journalism Education Association has a database of contests open for high school newspapers and writers. Check that out here.
Keep your eyes for contests your newspaper can enter and maybe add your newspaper to the list of winners in 2022.
One latte with extra labor rights, please!
Starbucks workers form their 1st union in the U.S. in a big win for labor
Three Buffalo-area stores held separate union elections. Baristas and shift supervisors from one store voted 19-8 to unionize, while workers from the second store rejected unionization 12-8. The third store failed to reach a verdict and faces a legal battle. There, 15 votes were cast for unionization and nine against, while seven votes were challenged. Most of the challenges came from the union, which argued that some workers who voted weren’t regular employees at the location.
The election marks one of the highest-profile union wins for U.S. restaurant workers, who are among the least unionized in the country. Starbucks workers who voted to unionize will join Workers United, affiliated with the massive Service Employees International Union.
A labor union or trade union is an organized group of workers who unite to make decisions about conditions affecting their work. Labor unions strive to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. If you’re in a public schools, it’s likely that many or even most of your teachers are in a union.
Unions work like a democracy. They hold elections for officers who make decisions on behalf of members, giving workers more power on the job.
In the United States history of unions, early workers and trade unions played an important part in the role for independence. Although their physical efforts for the cause of independence were ineffective, the ideas they introduced, such as protection for workers, became part of our American culture.
Details about unionizing is key to writing a story about well, unionizing, as readers may not full grasp what it really means.
It’s An Honor
YEC winners posted
Our yearbook contest results are final and official!
The winning entries deftly explained how Pakistani teenagers, much like Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, could help lead the world away from climate catastrophe. Here are the winners, along with a link to the first-place editorials and a short comment from the contest’s judges, professional environmental. journalists from the U.S. and Canada.
Enter the 2022 Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest ASAP
When one door closes, another one opens. The contest door that is. Just because the Yearbook Excellence Contest is over for this year doesn’t mean that the fun stops there.
Dec. 1 was the first day to be able to submit entries for one of our 35 Writing, Photo, and Multimedia Contest categories. This is a journalism contest, organized by journalists, administered by journalists and judged by journalists. We don’t dabble in art contests or creative writing here at Quill and Scroll.
This year’s contest will also see a slight rise in the contest entry price. Entries in most writing, photo and design categories will cost $7, while more detailed categories (Multimedia Features Package, In-Depth Team Reporting, Documentary Film, for example) will cost $15 each.
The deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. All entries must have been published online or in a publication, either school-based or professional.
Seeing art like never before
Scientists uncover clues about Rembrandt paintings through lead analysis
For hundreds of years, up until the 20th century, there was one type of white paint that reigned supreme globally. It was called “lead white” and artists were drawn to its particular buttery texture and concealing power.
Using a technique called lead isotope analysis, what they found was that changes in lead chemistry reflected changes in history. For instance, a noticeable change in the lead white of Dutch paintings in the 1640s coincided with the English Civil War.
Future use cases may include the attribution of disputed paintings to the correct artist, as well as understanding how artists worked and traveled throughout Europe in the 17th century.
Here’s what you can do:
This new information is still so cool! In the 21st century there are scientific and historic discoveries happening every day, and journalists have all those new discoveries to pull from when thinking of stories.
I recommend, subscribing to at least one science-y newsletter to keep up with new findings in so many different fields.
Additionally, you should keep an eye out on local research facilities and universities that may be working on life-changing research. Most places have a section of their website dedicated to such work and can help you get connected to the head researchers if you are in search of sources.
Now when you do interview experts for scientific stories, make sure you ask all the necessary questions needed to make the story clear for readers. You can ask them to clarify extra and even tell you the process of how they do their work.
Not only are science stories interesting for readers and writers alike, many studies offer great opportunities for some stunning photos to put on the page.
Journalism from the page to the screen and beyond
There are a lot of great journalism movies. Here are Poynter’s top 25.
There’s a lot of movies about journalism. A lot more than you might think. And most of them, actually, are quite good.
Most journalism movies, even the ones that aren’t exactly like the day-to-day lives of flesh-and-blood journalists, are still pretty entertaining. Many perfectly capture the journalistic experience.
So relax this weekend with one of these 25 movies. Or all of them. I don’t know your life.
Here’s what you can do with this:
For as hard as journalists have worked in 2020, a year full of chaos and misinformation, we all deserve to relax and take a breath. Now, watching a movie is just one of the ways that we can do that, but do whatever is best for you.
Take a bath, make yourself your favorite meal, go back to that hobby you abandoned 4 months ago when school started up again. You deserve it.
When Monday comes again, hopefully you can be ready to take on the week.
The Journalists Resource says reporters and newsrooms can handle stress and burn-out on the job by offering trauma training and peer support in the newsroom.
Just A Thought
THE SOURCE: Episode 33
Covering Politics in High School and College
Host Lauren White talks about politics with two reporters from The Daily Iowan newspaper at the University of Iowa — Editor Caleb McCullough and reporter Natalie Dunlap. Caleb and Natalie discuss their time as high school journalists and all the things they’ve learned about political reporting since starting at the DI.
And while you’re at it and if you have time, check out our previous 32 episodes!
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