Intro to Journalism

About the Class:

Intro to Journalism (J1) students learn the basics of journalism to prepare them for classes like newspaper and yearbook, for which J1 is a requirement. In the first semester, students will learn about journalism ethics, law and how to write different types of articles, like news, features and editorials as well as headline writing and page design. In the second semester, students learn about photojournalism, broadcast, and social media. Through these units, they learn how to use Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign, Audition, and Premiere. The content created in this class is forwarded to the publications staff for use in the newspaper, yearbook, or online.

For Students Who:

  • Are interested in journalism of any kind
  • Want to further their writing, page design, or Adobe skills
  • Can meet deadlines
  • Want to be on the newspaper or yearbook staff

Class Environment:

The J1 class is structured more typically than the newspaper and yearbook classes where the teacher Jessica Stamp acts as an adviser and the students create the publications. This class has to cover foundations in journalism like history, ethics, and laws to prepare students to publish their articles. It then breaks down the structure and guidelines to article writing, so that when they move onto a staff, they can choose their style of content for the purpose. While students have less say in the type of content they create each unit, they do choose the topic of their stories relevant to the student body. This class is more comprehensive in covering all aspects of journalism so that students can specialize afterwards in specific areas of interest or strength. For example, students who like to interview and write articles usually choose to apply to the newspaper staff. The student who like graphic and page design move on into yearbook. The students who like the photojournalism unit might take photography as a class, while those who like the broadcast unit may decide to take digital media & broadcast.