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This course is designed for the student who is interested in journalism and producing materials for newspaper and yearbook. Students will learn the basics of journalism including: history, news reporting and writing, journalists’ rights and responsibilities, and online news production. Students will learn journalistic writing for news, sports, and feature stories. Students will contribute news content to ruskinnews.com, the online news site. Taking this semester course will give students the pre-requisite to yearbook and newspaper class and a better chance to take on a staff editorial position more quickly.

This class involves all phases of creating the school’s student-run news operations. Students will learn and practice pre-college and career communication skills including researching, interviewing, reporting, writing, photography, and designing, with a focus on journalistic writing. Students will also learn journalistic rights and responsibilities, including the First Amendment and ethical decision-making. Student editors work as a team with staff to publish print newspapers as well as maintain ruskinnews.com, the online news site. Students utilize social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Smugmug to communicate school news and newspaper promotions. Students will work with industry standard software including InDesign, PhotoShop and Wordpress content management systems. Articles, photographs and designs by students will be eligible for submission to local, state, and national contests for judging. 

This class involves all phases of creating the school’s student-published full-color yearbook. Students will learn and practice pre-college and career communication skills including researching, interviewing, reporting, writing, photography, and designing, with a focus on visual communications. Student editors work as a team with staff to publish the yearbook as well as contribute news content to ruskinnews.com, the online news site. Students utilize social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Smugmug to communicate school news and yearbook sales promotions. Students will work with industry standard software including InDesign and PhotoShop. Articles, photographs and designs by students will be eligible for submission to local, state, and national contests for judging.

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