Journalism

Course Number: 150/151

Open To:
Grades 10-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: College Preparatory Elective “G” Requirement. Satisfies one year of the VAPA graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Students will learn the journalistic process. Topics will include ethics, first amendment rights, researching, interviewing, structure and types of news articles (news, sports, entertainment, editorials, features), copy editing, Associated Press Style convention, layout design, production and distribution processes. Leadership opportunities exist within this course as page editors and editor-in-chief. Students in leadership positions study journalism, perform special assignments, are assigned to a section of the newspaper and work on term projects. There is considerable flexibility in job tasks and positions may require students to work on campus outside of instructional hours.

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
Must be a strong English student. Most students will have earned an "A" in their college preparatory English courses or a "B" or better in Honors/AP English courses. Instructor approval required.