Grade Level: 9-12 (Application required)
Journalism students work as staff writers to produce a monthly newspaper. Students heighten their awareness of their community to determine what is newsworthy; generate story ideas; do research online, at the library, and through personal interviews; write first drafts; interpret copyediting symbols as they correct, expand and improve their first drafts; submit second drafts and third drafts electronically; accept rejection when some of their stories are not chosen for publication; and accept praise and/or criticism when the newspaper is published and their work is evaluated by their peers. The students develop critical thinking skills and knowledge of ethical precepts when shaping stories with controversial content. In addition to producing the newspaper, students complete independent assignments on grammar, copyediting, ethics, basic journalism style and the history of the print media.
This course meets the UC/CSU A-G “G” elective requirement.
This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.
This course may be repeated.