What is the Lede-ing Story?
It's an online dialogue or learning event centred around a question, an issue or a story that deserves discussion.
The Dialogues are designed for students to discuss and learn about all things news and media from journalists and other experts. Our goal is to facilitate these conversations and bring adults and students to a platform where they engage on these topics as equals.
Who attends these Dialogues?
Open to any and all students, educators and adults interested to know more about these fields and engage with like minds on these topics.
Where and When do the Dialogues take place?
The Dialogues are monthly, online events. Each event will explore a different topic with a different panel of experts.
How do I sign up for the Dialogues?
You can sign up on this Google Form.
Why is it called the Lede-ing story?
The lede is a journalistic writing term that refers to the opening sentence or paragraph of a news story. It's used to summarise the most important aspects of the story. Given that we wish to have conversations on media literacy and journalism, we went with a punny name that can get us started!
Bonus tip: For a simple structure to write a lede, look at the words underlined in the headings of this concept note, and use them to tell your readers details about your stories!
For our January Dialogue, we asked journalists, educators and students-
Should students be journalists?
For the February Dialogue, we're hosting a panel of educators, mental health professionals and students to talk about a relationship that is steadily being studied more and more - The News and Mental Health.
The Reuters Digital News Report 2022 found that 36% of their 97000 respondents avoided the news because 'it had a negative impact on their mood'. An additional 29% even 'felt worn out by the news'. The news can negatively impact our mental health. But, it is also critical to our understanding of how the world around us is changing. How do we stay aware of current affairs without consuming information that makes us feel sad, anxious or fearful?
At 2nd online edition of the Lede-ing Story, we'll talk about:
a) how does the news impact our mental health?
b) is news consumption critical to our understanding of the world? why/why not?
c) how can we safely navigate and consume the news?
The Dialogue will take place on 26th February from 11am to 12pm.