Guidelines for applicants
Intro Journalism provides an overview of the journalistic process in the high school setting and beyond. Students will refine their interviewing, writing, and editing skills and develop the skills necessary to utilize desktop and online publishing software and basic graphic design. Topics covered will include the ethical and moral foundations of the journalism profession, the fundamentals of the journalistic writing style, the mechanics of producing a newspaper, and the state of the media (newspapers, film, magazines, advertising, internet, etc.) in the world today. The skills learned will be put to use in the creation of a one-issue newspaper produced entirely by the students in the class. This is a numerically graded level 1 course and earns one credit in fine arts.
Basically, if you have a serious interest in learning and working on newspapers and hope to one day become an editor on our school newspaper, you should sign up for the class. Note that the class does involve writing articles, so if you take the class, be prepared to do lots of interviewing. An English grade in the A-B range is recommended.