This course covers the history of journalism, touches on modern journalism as an exploration of the world outside of oneself, and provides an opportunity to expand students’ writing skills. Students examine the role of journalism in the modern world, learn investigative skills, and study the tenets of responsible reporting. The main focus of the course is the production of a monthly online newspaper, but the course also includes several introduction to journalism units.
History of the Press - One of America’s founding tenets was freedom of the press. Students look at the history surrounding this and the impact it has had on the information available to the nation.
Basic News Writing - Students learn the specific writing style for various types of news writing. We discuss AP style, and practice feature stories, profiles, interviews, sports writing, and beat reporting.
Layout and Design - Using Canva, students will design their own newspaper and learn how to make the best use of space to lay out their stories, photos, headlines, and captions.
Photojournalism - Students learn the history of photography and the developments that have led to image production, and they practice the basics of photo composition to enhance the pictures they will take for their stories.
Newspaper production - Students in this course produce The Talon, a monthly digital newspaper with stories relevant to our student body and community. It is posted in print form in Alumni Hall and posted digitally to the school website and all social media outlets.