Buck Institute for Education

Community Photojournalists

Author: ePals

What will my students be doing?

In Community Photojournalists, students investigate community-based or cultural stories that are eventually packaged as photo essays and audio recordings that adhere to professional photojournalism and publication guidelines.

What's Included:

  • Project Overview
  • 8 Essential Elements of PBL
  • Sequence of the Project
  • Step-By-Step Teaching Guide
  • Student Handouts
  • Teacher Materials

Current Version: October 21, 2016

Children are excited to tell stories and discover more about the world they know best: their family and local community.

By turning students into photographers, interviewers, authors, journalists, explorers, anthropologists, sociologists, and documentarians, the Community Photojournalists project offers rich opportunities for elementary school students to explore and share their world.

Students cultivate storytelling abilities by investigating community-based or cultural stories that are eventually packaged as photo essays and audio recordings that adhere to professional photojournalism and publication guidelines. To carry out the project, students pitch their story ideas to editing partners, conduct interviews with community members, and photograph the people and places on which they report. Through critique and revision, each student finds an angle for the story, explores and develops a theme, and decides what he or she wants to say to a specific audience. Finally, the Community Photojournalists publish their stories in one or more safe online formats.



Project Notes

  • Subjects: ELA, Multimedia
  • Grade Level: 4th, 5th, 6th
  • Common Core Aligned
  • Time Required: 15-30 Hours
  • CC BY-NC-ND

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FAQs

The ePals Global Community connects and empowers students around the world to engage in collaborative projects that promote critical thinking and real-world problem solving. In this spirit, Community Photojournalists was inspired by students' curiosity to learn and share about the people in their lives and neighborhoods. This hands-on project's collaborative elements and interactive public showcase reflect ePals' interest in connecting and enriching student communities around the world.

Project Documents

Project Author

ePals Global Community (powered by Cricket Media) is the world’s largest network of K-12 classrooms, enabling students and teachers to safely connect and collaborate with classrooms in more than 200 countries and territories. Educators can join ePals at no cost to find collaborative projects, participate in learning contests, join discussions in community forums, and search thousands of classroom profiles to engage with others in authentic exchanges - all within a safe, protected online environment.