Journalism

Course Descriptions

  • Journalism I (BSHS only)
    Course #: BS0168
    Grade: 9-11
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    Journalism I is a semester course that introduces students to the fundamentals of both newswriting and yearbook (magazine) journalism. Students are introduced to the responsibilities and ethics of journalists and to journalistic ethics. This course emphasizes learning to write news, features, editorials and sports stories. Students are also introduced to headline writing, copy editing, and layout and design. This course will also cover some fundamentals of 35mm photography, advertising, and journalism law, and the duties of editors, assistant editors, and copy and layout editors. The fundamentals of layout and design will be covered, and students will become proficient in using the software for word processing and desktop publishing. Freshman students will be transported by bus to BSHS for this course.


    Journalism I (BSSHS only)
    Course #: BSS0167
    Grade: 9-11
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    Journalism I is a semester course that introduces students to the fundamentals of both newswriting and yearbook (magazine) journalism. Students are introduced to the responsibilities and ethics of journalists and to journalistic ethics. This course emphasizes learning to write news, features, editorials and sports stories. Students are also introduced to headline writing, copy editing, and layout and design. This course will also cover some fundamentals of 35mm photography, advertising, and journalism law, and the duties of editors, assistant editors, and copy and layout editors. The fundamentals of layout and design will be covered, and students will become proficient in using the software for word processing and desktop publishing. Freshman students will be transported by bus to BSSHS for this course.


    Photojournalism I
    Course #: HS0169
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Recommendation: Grade of B or above in previous English class

    The students in this journalism course will produce the photographs for the school newspaper and yearbook. This class involves after-school work. The students’ coursework will prepare them for entrance into a college journalism program. Students interested in photography for this publication should see the advisor for information.


    Yearbook I
    Course #: HS0176
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE), Digital Electronics (DE) or teacher approval

    This class covers all the fundamentals, including copy writing, editing, layout design, planning, organization, and photography. Students will learn the software used for computer production and will be assigned articles for the yearbook publication. This course will prepare the student for entrance into advanced yearbook.


    Newswriting I
    Course #: HS0166
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective/Practical Art/Technology
    Recommendation:Journalism I, News/Yearbook teacher approval

    Newswriting I is a full-year course that gives students the opportunity to experience all facets of newspaper journalism, including writing, copy editing, layout and design, photography, advertising, and production. Students will experience the responsibilities of newspaper journalists as part of the school newspaper staff; write news features, editorials and sports stories; and to apply for positions as section editorials and assistant editors on the staff. Students do headline writing, copyediting, and layout and design; use the software for word processing and desktop publishing and computer labs; and help produce each edition of the school newspaper. This course will prepare students for entrance into the Newswriting II class.


    Newswriting II
    Course #: HS0170
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective/Practical Art/Technology
    Prerequisite: Newspaper I and newspaper teacher approval

    Students will experience all facets of newspaper production, including writing, in-depth reporting, copy editing, layout and design, photography, and advertising. They will learn the responsibilities of newspaper journalists as editors on the school newspaper staff. They will write news, features, editorials, sports columns, and in-depth stories for the school newspaper; some will serve as editors and assistant editors on the staff. This class will prepare students for a future in a journalistic career.


    Video Production & Broadcasting I
    Course #: HS0913
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective/Practical Art/Technology/Speech

    Students will learn the basics of digital camcorder operations, video editing, software, and other broadcast equipment by producing weekly video projects. Students will also learn basic radio techniques and occasionally broadcast LIVE on BSSDradio.net. Class size is limited to 10 students due to number of editing/camera equipment available. Students are encouraged to take Video Broadcasting I as a Sophomore or Junior if interested.


     

    Video Production & Broadcasting II
    Course #: HS0952
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective/Practical Art/Technology/Speech
    Prerequisite: B or higher in Video Boradcasting I and/or teacher approval

    Students will further develop skills in the use of editing software, digital camcorders, video, and broadcast equipment. Students will be responsible for producing a weekly TV broadcast for BSSD TV and continue covering news-worthy events for the school and for BSSD TV and Radio. Class size is limited due to number of editing/camera equipment available. Completing Broadcasting I does not guarantee entrance to this class.


    Broadcast Field Productions
    Course #: HS0162
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective/Practical Art/Technology/Speech
    Prerequisite: B or higher in Video Production & Broadcasting I and/or teacher approval

    Students will gain more experience and further develop skills in video producing and editing, along with broadcasting experience in field productions, such as covering sporting activities, school and community events. Many of these video and broadcasting opportunities will be re-broadcasted on BSSD TV, Comcast 15/ATT U-verse 99. **Some assignments will require outside of school time (such as filming evening sporting/activity events). Class size is limited due to number of editing/camera equipment available. Completing Broadcasting I does not guarantee entrance to this class.

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.