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Boy Scouts tour Areawide Media for merit badges

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Teaching core values, the importance of leadership and community service are just a few of the basics on which Boy Scouting was founded. In Hardy, the Camp Kia Kima reservation has been around for nearly 70 years and found its beginnings from a group of Memphis community and church leaders. The camp has been a summer home away from home for boys ever since.

Dec. 29, a group from the winter camp toured Areawide Media's Salem printing facility as part of the requirements to help them earn their Journalism badges. The boys, who were from the Memphis area made the trip from the camp with winter camp director Jim Charbonnet. They were greeted and taken on a tour as the presses rolled off The News and The South Missourian News.

As one of the rarest Merit Badges in Boy Scouting, the Journalism badge has several requirements other than the tour. The boys had to complete worksheets explain what the Freedom of the Press is and how the First Amendment guarantees American's the right to voice their opinion whether verbally or in the form of print, digital or any other type of media. They also became familiar with terms such as slander, defamation, libel and malice and discussed how each of these matters relate to ethics in journalism.

As another part of earning the badge, the boys were required to examine one type of journalism, either print media or radio and television. Since the group chose the print media, they were required to talk to persons in editorial, business, and printing and ask relevant questions of each. They also examined various newspaper sources such as a local, national and online edition and compare and contrast coverage of the same event in each medium and tell their counselor's about the length of the stories as well as the accuracy of the story and how each source handled the story.

Among other writing assignments, the Boy Scouts spent a lot of time earning their Merit Badges and also were asked to attend a public event and write two stories using both styles of writing, the pyramid and the chronological style.

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