I have found that too many students don’t know how to prioritize. They are not grounded and have little direction to help guide them. And as a teacher, I felt I needed to help them. Because my job is more than just teaching them the inverted pyramid or how to write an effective lead. If I don’t give them the skills to be an effective person, then they will never be an effective journalist.
A great way is to spend a few days (and a few dollars by getting a classroom set) with The Seven Habits of Effective Teens. This book is great. It really helps kids learn how to set goals (including how to meet deadlines). It helps them to face their fears (like being on camera or interviewing someone).
Here is a companion web site for the book from it’s English publisher. It is well worth the read and worth sharing with your students, especially if they need to work on their time management and goal setting skills.