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Weekly News Quiz, April 27th

§ April 27th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § Tagged , , , , , § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. What current Massachusetts Attorney General officially stated she will not be running for governor in 2018?

2. Celebrate Spring Boston, hosted this past Friday, April 24th, is an event that raises awareness for what incurable nervous system disorder?

3. What classic movie-turned-musical, coining the famous line "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," will now be running in Boston's theater district?

4. On Tuesday, April 21st, Massachusetts courts ruled that cab drivers were not covered by minimum wage laws and what other state law?

5. As the MBTA faces harsh criticism, this particular problem, pertaining to employees and management, sparked in the news last week as a major contributing factor to the MBTA's dysfunction this past winter.

6. What runner from Ethiopia won the 2015 Boston Marathon?

7. Although he is appealing the decision, David Ortiz was suspended for one game for doing what?

8. Two devices were recently released that allow you to track the activity level and "fitness" of your dog.  Name one.

9. Google started giving priority in mobile device search-results to webpages that offer this specific feature.  Hint: This feature allows for easier internet use on your phone.

10. What social media outlet launched a new plan to ban harassment and abuse on its site?


Answers to last week's quiz:

1. Hillary Clinton

2. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio

3. Nationals

4. Tom Brady

5. Meb Keflezighi

6. the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

7. guilty, sentenced to life without parole

8. Landing a one-person helicopter, called a "gyrocopter", on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol

9. Gisele Bundchen

10. vinyl record


Student Voices Deadline: Get your students published in the Boston Herald!

§ April 23rd, 2015 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, Student Voices § Tagged , , , , , , , § No Comments


Student Voices is a unique writing opportunity for students. Each month, students write about a newsworthy and relevant topic of their choice and have a chance to get published in the Boston Herald print newspaper and website. To participate, respond to any Boston Herald article from the past two weeks in 300 words or less.

Tips for students:

  • Make sure your article is an opinion piece, not a factual article. We want to hear your opinions!
  • Because articles are usually published at the end of the following month, students should choose a topic that will still be newsworthy a month later.  For example, if you wrote about the Super Bowl in January, the articles didn't run until the end of February, so it wouldn't be chosen as it is old news.


Responses must be no more than 300 words and sent in by the student’s teacher. We will not accept submissions directly from students. Please email responses to by Friday, May 29th.

You may include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

One response will be chosen to be published in the Boston Herald newspaper. All students who participate will have their work published on the NIE Blog.

Because students can write about any topic, it’s easy to integrate this activity into your curriculum for any subject! Teaching journalism? This activity can be integrated into journalism lesson plans while learning about the Op-Ed and Letters to the Editor sections of the newspaper. Refer to the Op-Ed section of the daily Boston Herald as a guide. Read the Smart Edition here.

Find examples of past Student Voices responses here.

Questions? Contact or call 617-619-6220.

Weekly News Quiz, April 20

§ April 20th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here. A text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.



1.  What former Secretary of State officially announced her candidacy for presidency?

2.  Name the three official GOP presidential candidates.  

3.  Who did the Red Sox play in their home opener on Monday, April 13th?

4.  What star athlete threw the first pitch at the Red Sox's home opener? 

5.  What American runner won the Boston Marathon last year, being the first American to win since 1983?

6.  A moment of silence fell over Boylston Street at 2:49pm on Wednesday, April 15th, to mark the second anniversary of what?

7.  What was the verdict in the trial surrounding former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez?

8.  A man was arrested in Washington, D.C. for doing this on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 

9.  What famous supermodel walked in her last runway show this past week?

10.  Record Store Day, which occurred this past Saturday, April 18th, was established almost a decade ago.  This day helped what means of listening to music re-enter the market and achieve recent growth in sales.

Answers to last week's quiz:

1.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

2.  Aaron Hernandez

3.  Apple Watch

4.  Chef Nightly

5.  25 years

6.  Maura Healey

7.  2016

Student published in Boston Herald: April's Student Voices selection

§ April 17th, 2015 § Filed under Current Events, Student Voices § Tagged , , , , , , , , , § No Comments

Congratulations to this month's Student Voices writer, Katrin O'Grady, a student at the Montrose School in Medfield.  You can check out Katrin's article published on here.

Many Bostonians are unaware that at the intersection of Wellesley, Weston, and Newton exists a Nordic skiing hub.

In fact, the Weston Ski Track is the only cross-country ski facility with snowmaking capabilities within two hours of Boston. Weston Ski Track shares land with the Leo J. Martin Golf Course, both owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The DCR leases the land to the Weston Ski Track in the winter on a contract basis.

For 40 years, the two sports have shared the same space without a hitch; however, recent modifications by the DCR to improve golf on the facility have decreased available ski turf.

Advocates for preserving the ski track formed Friends of Leo J. Martin Skiing (FOLJMS), a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve the coexistence of both ski and golf in one facility. The group formed a year ago, when changes to the golf course raised alarm. Orange fences marked off spaces formerly used for skiing. Mounds of dirt littered the normally smooth trails. Skiable terrain was cut by 30 percent.

FOLJMS advocate Elizabeth Wilcox explained the organization’s goals: “FOLJMS has been working with the DCR as it invests in the golf facility to ensure that DCR’s work does not jeopardize the long-term sustainability of 
the ski facility.”

She added that the organization strives to demonstrate to the DCR “how changes made to the golf course impact the ski facility” and “to educate the DCR on the value that the winter facility brings to the Greater Boston community.”

In the 2012-13 season alone, the ski track boasted approximately 30,000 visits in just about four months. The ski track is home to high school and college teams and provides a healthy way for Boston and surrounding communities to stay active in the winter.  

Teachers — you can get your students published in the Herald! To participate, sign up for our free News­papers in Education program at  Keep your eye on the NIE blog  for the submission requirements.


Weekly News Quiz, April 13

§ April 12th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week's top stories in the Boston Herald, here. A text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week's questions.


1. Last week, a jury found this man guilty on all charges related to the attacks at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

2. The jury for this former New England Patriots player will be deciding if he is guilty or innocent this week.

3. This new device from Apple went on sale for pre-orders over the weekend.

4. This new app will order food to be delivered to your house automatically, before you think to order it yourself.

5. Incubate is a new app that lets you send text messages how long into the future?

6. Name the Attorney General who is asking the federal government to forgive student debt for students of for-profit schools.

7. Over the past few weeks, politicians have been announcing their candidacy for the Presidential elections of what year?

Answers to last week's quiz

1. Breakfast.

2. Tidal.

3. $149.

4. Parking meters.


1. Aaron Hernandez.

2. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


1. Passover.

2. Easter.


Weekly News Quiz, April 6

§ April 6th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show-style quiz board of this week's top stories here. A text only version of the questions is below, as well as answer's to last week's questions.


1. McDonalds announced they will begin to test serving what meal all day?

2. Musicians are promoting a new music streaming service co-owned by a variety of recording artists, called what?

3. Google released their cheapest chromebook yet, aimed for students, costing only how much?

4. Boston will be expanding its ParkBoston app to all of these roadside devices.

5. Two major trials are continuing in Massachusetts courts this week. Name one.

6. Two major religious holidays were celebrated over the weekend. Name one.

Answers to last week's quiz

1. Ted Cruz.

2. Apple.

3. Underwater.

4. Live stream video.

5. France

6. Springfield.