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Journalism, Publications, and Photojournalism 
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dwhaley@aisd.net

682-867-7012

UNIT LESSON PLANS
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CLASS RULES & GRADING POLICIES
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CLASS & LAB RULES

  • Be respectful to others regardless of your personal opinions or beliefs.
  • Be awake and alert at all times. Stay on task. This includes making sure that you are in class on time with all supplies each day.
  • Follow all directions and school/district policies (NO electronic devices unless approved).
  • Do not distract yourself or others.
  • Be honest. Turn in your own work. Do not plagiarize assignments or forge quotes.
  • No food or drink allowed in classroom or lab.
  • No outside CDs, DVDs, etc. may be played or downloaded into the school computers at any time.
  • No outside software or programs may be installed on or downloaded to school computers at any time.

 

GRADING POLICIES

  • Class work / Daily Grades =  50%
  • Quizzes / Current Events   =  20%
  • Tests / Exams / Projects     =  30%

*Late work will be accepted up to 10 days following due date.  A 5-point deduction for every school day not submitted past the due date will be assessed to work/project grade.

*An EXCUSED absent will be noted and no late penalty assessed provided that assignment/project is turned in upon returning to class the first day back on campus. After that, late work policy will be enforced.

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TUTORIALS
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Tutorials, work sessions and study hall are available before school, during lunch, and after school by appointment. Please notify 24 hours in advance.

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Class Schedule

A day B day
Period 1 Photojournalism

Room #2105

Period 2 PLC/Conference Room #2105

Period 3
 

Yearbook I-III
*Lunch 12:26-1:13 p.m.

Room #2105
 

Period 4 Yearbook II & Newspaper Room #2105
Period 5 Journalism Room #2105
Period 6 Journalism Room #2105

Period 7
 

Journalism
*Lunch 12:26-1:13 p.m.

Room #2105
 

Period 8

Conference Room #2105

 

JOURNALISM SYLLABUS
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JOURNALISM I COURSE DESCRIPTION
 
THROUGHOUT MODERN HISTORY, people have depended on the mass media to spread the word about events and people of interest to the general public. Journalism introduces students to the exciting world of the print and online media. Law, ethics and the history of journalism will complement the major units of study: reporting, writing, editing, photography, advertising, design, management and teamwork.
 
IN ADDITION, students will have the opportunity to use computer-aided publishing tools and other hands-on production tools as well as modern photo techniques.
 
This course serves as the prerequisite to Newspaper Production and/or Yearbook Production courses and may provide students insights into college and career choices. Some out-of-class time may be required.
 
COURSE OUTLINE
 
I. NEW WRITING BASICS
• Elements of news, news values
• Fact vs. opinion
• Lead writing: Summary leads, Grammatical leads
• Interviewing: Gathering quotes, using quotes
• Inverted pyramid
• Lead, quote, transition (LQTQTQ format)
• Editing, AP Style rules
• Sports news stories
 
II. HEADLINES
• Types
• Style rules
 
III. FEATURE WRITING
• Feature leads
• Brainstorming topics
• Questioning strategies
• Styles- Hourglass, Nut graph, The Frame
• In-depth reporting
• Creating sidebars
• Sports features
 
IV. EDITORIAL WRITING
• Types
• Format
*Column Writing
*Review Writing
 
V. TYPOGRAPHY/GRAPHICS
• Type styles
• Type use, Measurement
• Lines, Info graphics, Color
 
VI. ADVERTISING
• Principals of Design
• Types
• Appeals vs. Propaganda
• Selling ads, Pricing
 
VII. PHOTOGRAPHY
• Composition
• Cropping
• Caption writing
*Photoshop computer program
 
VIII. DESIGN
• Newspaper
• Yearbook
*InDesign computer program
 
IX. JOURNALISM HISTORY
 
X. LAW AND ETHICS
• The Constitution
• Libel/slander
• Code of Ethics
• Hazelwood, other significant cases
• Policy statement
 
XI. STAFF ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
• Role of the staff member, editors
• Staff motivation
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