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Online Learning Secondary
Inspiring Learning
Journalism 20

No formal prerequisites; Students should have a strong interest in writing and media.

Goals in Journalism 20 Online:
  • to recognize and appreciate the role of journalism in contemporary society and in their personal lives
  • to recognize and explore the ways in which print and broadcast media create and present a message, recognize and create the various forms, conventions, and styles of journalistic writing
  • to recognize the attributes of quality journalism and the legal, ethical, and moral issues which confront the free press
  • to develop the speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing, and representing skills needed to create various print publications and broadcast productions.
Module one explores the components and issues of print journalism. Students learn about gathering and writing news, reporting ethically, preparing editorials, writing features, preparing photos, and evaluating magazines and advertising. Module two asks students to apply their understanding of print journalism to one of the electronic media --television, radio, or the internet. Module three gives students an opportunity to choose one aspect of journalism and explore it in more depth in a final project (Photojournalism).
Students will be given the opportunity to use a variety of subjects, forms, and styles that are common to both print and electronic media. They will write news stories, feature stories, columns, editorials, reviews, documentaries and news commentaries. The key is to learn the basic craft and art of journalism for all media.
Required Textbook:  There is no required textbook for this class.
Additional Requirements:
An active email account that allows for multiple page documents to be sent and received
Daily access to a computer and the internet
Access to a word processing package
Access to library materials
Access to a digital camera, tape recorder, scanner, and/or video camera is recommended