Journalism Department
See below for Course Descriptions.
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Course Title: Journalism I
Grade Placement: 9-11
Prerequisite: Mastery of STAAR Writing Test
Credit: 1 unit
Journalism I is designed for students who are interested in becoming a newspaper or yearbook staff member. Students study the fundamentals of journalistic writing and publication. The curriculum includes the following: history of mass print media in the United States; contemporary role of mass print media; basic features of print journalism; characteristics of journalistic writing; purposes and characteristics of newspaper pages; current trends in format and publicity techniques; graphics, design, and layout in newspaper and magazines; the printing process; and, a general survey of advertising techniques.
Course Title: Photojournalism
Grade Placement: 9-11
Prerequisite: Sponsor Approval
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Photojournalism is designed for the student who is primarily interested in becoming a staff photographer for student publications. The course curriculum includes the following: planning photographs in relation to assignments from an editor; illustrating news events with appropriate photos and captions; sequencing photos for publications; operating various types of cameras, light meter, and electronic strobes; developing skill and knowledge in film processing; and, applying photo composition principles including balance, contrast, cropping, and scaling of photographs. The students must furnish a non - automatic, 35mm SLR camera, film, and photograph paper and be able to demonstrate command of basic camera skills.
Course Title: Advanced Journalism: Newspaper Production I
Grade Placement: 9-12
Prerequisite: Journalism I and Sponsor Approval for Staff Writers or Sponsor Approval for Staff Photographers
Credit: 1 unit
Advanced Journalism: Newspaper Production I is designed for students who are interested in the elements and processes used in producing a school newspaper. The curriculum focuses on the following : group cooperative efforts in the production of a journalistic product; product development within time constraints and budgets limitation; financial responsibility in production and publication of a school newspaper; covering events and writing articles that reflect the variety of school/ community life; selecting, cropping and scaling photographs for a newspaper; writing effective bulletins and headlines for a newspaper; and, editing and proofreading newspaper copy, pages, and entire issues.
Course Title: Advanced Journalism: Newspaper Production II
Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisite: Advanced Journalism: Newspaper Production I and Sponsor Approval
Credit: 1 unit
Advanced Journalism: Newspaper II further expands and refines the course objectives outlined in Advanced Journalism: Newspaper I. Additionally, this course is designed to promote increased involvement and responsibility in the process and production of a school newspaper.
Course Title: Advanced Journalism: Newspaper Production III
Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisite: Advanced Journalism: Newspaper Production II and Sponsor Approval
Credit: 1 unit
Advanced Journalism: Newspaper III is designed for the highly - motivated student who is interested in assuming increased responsibility and providing leadership in the overall process of newspaper production. Additionally, the course curriculum further develops and refines course objectives outlined in Advanced Journalism: Newspaper I and II.
Course Title: Advanced Journalism: Yearbook I
Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisite: Journalism I and /or Sponsor Approval
Credit: 1 unit
Advanced Journalism: Yearbook I is designed for students who are interested in studying the elements and processes of magazine - type journalism products, particularly the school yearbook. The course curriculum focuses on the following: group cooperative effort in the production; yearbook development within time constraints and budget limitations; financial responsibility in production and production and publication of a yearbook; cutting/cropping photographs for overall page planning; writing and editing copy; producing effective graphic art; writing effective headlines; and editing/proofreading copy, pages and issues.
Course Title: Advanced Journalism: Yearbook II
Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisite: Advanced Journalism: Yearbook I
Credit: 1 unit
Advanced Journalism: Yearbook II further expands and refines the course objectives outlined in Advanced Journalism: Yearbook I. Additionally, this course is designed to promote increased involvement and responsibility in the process and production of the school yearbook.
Course Title: Advanced Journalism: Yearbook III Grade Placement: 9-12
Prerequisite: Advanced Journalism: Yearbook II Credit: 1 unit Advanced Journalism: Yearbook II is designed for the highly - motivated student who is interested in assuming increased responsibility and providing leadership in the overall process of yearbook publication. Additionally, the course curriculum further develops and refines the course objectives outlined in Advanced Journalism: Yearbook I and II.