Course Descriptions

Journalism & Digital Media                                                                       ½ unit             1 semester 

Journalism I is designed to achieve the following objectives: 1) to develop a better understanding of the news media and its relation to the democratic process, 2) to develop the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion and to form intelligent judgments, 3) to learn the basic skills in the various forms of news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, editing, newspaper design, and desktop publishing, 4) to explore the various career opportunities of journalism and the mass media, 5) to provide training for participation on the school newspaper and yearbook staffs.

Online News                                                     
unit              2 semesters

The  advanced news reporting staff will produce an online news site.  The publication will act as its own business with the students setting the budget and selling advertising.  Students will explore the foundations of good journalism writing at an advanced level; the difference between opinion and propaganda; the design concepts which sell a story to the reader; online  podcasting and broadcasting; and photojournalism.  The staff may also participate in state and national contests and/or conventions.  Students who receive a “B” or better in English, Journalism I, Computer Applications or Photography are  strongly encouraged to apply.  (Requires teacher approval and an application)

1 unit              2 semesters 

The primary objective of the yearbook staff is to provide a complete, reliable story of the school year for the student body,  the faculty and the community.  Through a learning lab, students will develop skills in leadership, feature writing headline and caption writing, editing, proofreading, design, photojournalism, advertising, advanced computer skills, marketing and sales.  In order to keep up with the current trends in yearbook production and to establish an adherence to acceptable journalistic standards, students are encouraged to attend local, state and national workshops and/or conferences.  Students who have a “B” or better in English, Photography, journalism I, and/or Computer Applications are strongly encouraged to apply. (Requires teacher approval and an application)

Computer Applications                   
unit             1 semester 

Students will learn essential skills in word processing, database management, spreadsheets, and computer presentations.  Other topics taught include the history of computers, computer ethics, and research strategies.

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