FTCE Journalism 6-12 Exam

The FTCE Journalism 6-12 subject examination consists of 120 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Question formats will include direct question, command, sentence completion, data analysis, and scenario. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

The test encompasses 10 core competencies, each with between 3 and 8 skill areas. Competencies are defined as areas of content knowledge, with skills being the behaviors that demonstrate those competencies. Each competency is also assigned a percentage representing the approximate proportion of test items in that content area on the test. Together, the competencies and skills are representative of knowledge that has been determined by content specialists to be important for beginning teachers.

Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of journalistic style; editing skills for print media; news judgment; news-gathering skills; design skills; staff management and media production; history; law and ethics; careers and resources in mass media; and business management and advertising.

FTCE Journalism 6-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. Which is NOT an example of participatory journalism?
A. information websites
B. email newsletters
C. blogs
D. a bylined article

2. _______________ journalism combines different mediums such as print, video, and photography and presents them as either one piece or a collection of pieces.
A. Gonzo
B. Convergence
C. Advocacy
D. Innovation

3. According to the book The Elements of Style, written by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, there are nine elements of style. What do the authors believe is journalism’s first obligation?
A. to serve as the independent monitor of power
B. to keep news comprehensive and proportional
C. the truth
D. loyalty to citizens

4. Joseph Pulitzer, who established the coveted Pulitzer Prize, left a portion of his bequest to which university to found its journalism school?
A. Yale
B. Harvard
C. Columbia
D. Stamford

5. The __________________ guarantees public access to certain and sometimes redacted documents held by the government.
A. Freedom of Information Act
B. Open Access Law
C. Open Government Act
D. The Public Right-to-Know Act

Answer Key

1. D. A bylined article is one written by and attributed to a writer assigned to report the news or give an opinion.
2. B. Incorporating different styles that “converge” to increase value to the journalistic piece overall is increasingly being used by media as part of today’s New Journalism.
3. C. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
4. C. Columbia’s journalism school was founded in 1912.
5. A. The Freedom of Information Act guarantees public access to certain information.