Journalism

  • Journalism

    Grade level:

    10 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Career Technical Education

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

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    Prerequisite:  Recommendation of the Instructor and staff after an interview.

    Course Description:  This introductory course in journalism is designed to equip students with basic journalism skills.  Heavy emphasis is placed on writing and on the ability to work independently.  (Students with difficulties in English are not advised to take this course.)  In the first semester, students learn how and are required to write news stories, feature stories, sports stories, editorials, and headlines.  Students learn about the rudiments of page design, newspaper style, copy reading and proofreading.  During the second semester, emphasis is placed on page editing and learning Quark Express. Students study student and commercial newspapers, as well as magazine and television journalism. Qualified students write stories and plan page layout for the student newspaper, THE BURLINGAME B. The newspaper is published in print as well as on the Burlingame B website. Students write articles for both publications. The Burlingame B is a student-run newspaper.

     

Journalism Advanced

  • Journalism Advanced

    Grade level:

    10 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Career Technical Education

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    g

               

    May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisite: Journalism  and recommendation of the Instructor.

    Course Description:  Students enrolled in this course are assigned to THE BURLINGAME B staff.  The Burlingame B class is run like a newspaper business. Students learn to create, write, interview, sell advertisements, design pages, photograph, edit and promote their work. The staff publishes an eight-to-sixteen page printed newspaper six to seven times during the year. In addition, students write for the online web version of The Burlingame B. (Burlingame B Website) on an as-needed basis that may mean writing a story in a day to provide our readership timely news stories. Students begin as reporters and work up to higher positions such as news editor, copy editor, business manager, web designer and manager, page editor and editor-in-chief. Since this newspaper is student-run, students are expected to follow journalism ethics and standards. Students may take Advanced Journalism more than once for credit.