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KDFW-Channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth decided that social media was such a good thing that it spoofed it. Here's the station's story on its video.

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In an interview on Terry Gross' "Fresh Air," Jon Stewart defends discipline in the pursuit of creativity - and he explains why "The Daily Show" fact checks.

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So what might the end of print journalism do to a certain segment of the audience? And if you want to know how The Onion's staffers come up with their journalism, Baratunde Thurston explains.

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When I was a student, we walked 10 miles to campus uphill both ways ... We've told ourselves to watch the war stories, but we may not realize just how dated those stories might be. This annual list from Beloit College reminds us just how young our students are. For example, for the class of 2014, Czechoslovakia has never existed, and Woody Allen has always been with Soon-Yi Previn,

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It's an age-old dilemma: When copy editors are doing their jobs well, you'll never see it. So how's an editing student to make an impression on a potential employer? Here's how.

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Putting course materials on a outside server such as Blogger, instead of the university server, offers several advantages, such as larger file storage and student access after graduation. Come to think of it, there's also no need for the professor to rebuild a course site should he or she leave the university. Check this site for some great resources as well.

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If reporters made style mistakes in alphabetical order, teaching the AP Stylebook in alphabetical order might be the way to go. A better way might be to teach the content by category.

DOWNLOADS: AP Stylebook category list AP Stylebook exercise Rick Kenney's "Style Stars" GIFT

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Among the concepts we hope to instill in students is the outward-facing perspective, that it's not always "all about us." Here's a novel way to practice that approach while allowing students to keep a bit of "me" in play.

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Simple procedures are good. Giving students feedback is good. Put them together, and you get simple, immediate feedback on student headlines - and that's great.

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Grammar is great fun all by itself, but add a little competition and you've got yourself a good old time.

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Phil Meyer of "Precision Journalism" fame used to joke with his students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that there are three kinds of journalists when it comes to math: those who understand it and those who don't. This exercise is for those who don't - and for those who don't get the joke.

DOWNLOADS: Math Lab Math Lab answers Math Lab PowerPoint slides as PDF Math Lab PowerPoint

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Here's another way to help students experience the realities of online editing: Have them create and maintain blogs on topics they choose.

DOWNLOADS: Blog project guide Blog project PowerPoint

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How many facts does a story need before it's ready to be published online? This exercise uses a real-life example of a developing story to walk students through the decision-making process.

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You tell your students to use words that everyone understands, to write concisely and avoid puffing up their writing. If they don't quite get it, let George Carlin help you make the point.

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You'll find more resources at this tool, under "Teaching Resources."

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This collection of assignments covers the range of copy editing tasks.

DOWNLOADS: Mission statement No. 1 Mission statement No. 2

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The survey said ... well, no, there's no survey in this classroom version of the TV feud. But students get much better answers.

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OK, so no one actually dies because of this test, but it has led to the death of a lot of bad habits.

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Food is a good motivator, but money - even fake money - is even better. The contributor of this idea wants it known that it may not be original to her, but good ideas are meant to be shared, right?

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Here's a question: Should the writer fix the sentence the easy way or the hard way? The easy way is to use brackets, which put the writer's burden onto the reader. And rewriting is soooooo hard. Here's how YOU can help students make the right choice.

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