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Journalism & Media Curriculum

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Course Name: Media Technology
Grade: 9th
Credit: 0.5
Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: Media Technology class will focus on using technology and media to present ideas. Students will learn different mediums to present ideas such as PowerPoint, Prezi, iMovie and Garageband. For each unit they will research topics related to journalism and media OR to content from their core classes and use that research to work in the programs. Emphasis will be placed on effective communication, copyright, plagiarism, and best means of presenting ideas.
 
 
Course Name: Media Literacy
Grade: 9th
Credit: 0.5
Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: This class will instruct students in the basics of the media industry including the ability to access, analyze, and evaluate messages from a variety of media forms. Students will understand how to interact with different media in constructive and thoughtful ways by using and developing their critical thinking skills.
 
 
Course Name: Writing for Media (Radio, TV, Web)
Grade: 9th-10th
Credit: 0.5
Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: In this course students will learn how to write in various media formats by crafting PSAs, Advertisements, Storyboards, Scripts and Digital News pieces.
 
 
Course Name: Online Media I
Grade: 9th-11th
Credit: 0.5
Duration: 1
Semester
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of what it is like to produce an online school newspaper. Students will write, edit, research, interview, photograph and work on deadline. Show don’t tell will be the mantra of the classroom. In this course students will compose the school’s online newspaper Teens Today, Students will be taught the 5w’s of journalism, basic journalism terms and news writing format. Emphasis will be placed on meeting deadlines and time management, beat reporting and interviewing and speaking procedures. Also covered will be how to apply Fair use & Copyright laws, media case law standards as set in Tinker and Hazelwood, fair comment and criticism, and how to identify social & digital media trends.
 
 
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Course Name: Radio Broadcasting I & II
Grade: 9th-11th
Credit: 0.5 each
Duration: 1 Semester each
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: In this course students will learn: Studio technology- audio mixing, components and peripherals; Location recordings for single source, multi source, sports, b-roll, sound bites, consent/reasonable expectation, natural sound, wind, crowd noise; Digital editing- pace, timing, voice over, effects, transitions, post production sweetening and multi track; Broadcast journalism- ethics, story selection, question composition, features/ hard news, effects of internet/ 24 hour news cycle; Digital production pre-visualization, scripting, sound bite selection, music, acting, voiceover basics, non linear production, continuity and about the Radio industry- advertising, "broadcast", cable, satellite, Internet streaming ratings, career opportunities and online content.
 
 
Course Name: Television Production I & II
Grade: 9th-11th
Credit: 0.5 each
Duration: 1 Semester each
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: In this course students will learn: Studio technology- camera, audio, graphics, lighting, live switching, virtual environments, communication/commands; Location shooting- single camera, multi camera, sports, b-roll, sound bites, consent/reasonable expectation, natural light, wind, reaction shots; Digital editing- pace, timing, voice over, effects, transitions, post production graphics and virtual environments, screen direction, jump cuts; Broadcast journalism- ethics, story selection, question composition, features/ hard news, effects of internet/ 24 hour news cycle; Digital filmmaking- pre-visualization, scripting, shot selection, music, acting basics, non linear production, continuity and about the Television industry- advertising, "broadcast", cable, satellite, ratings, career opportunities, online content.
 
 
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Course Name: Public Speaking
Grade: 9th-12th
Credit: 0.5
Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: Students are introduced to public speaking as an important component of their academic, work, and social lives. Students will develop skills as fair and critical listeners, or consumers, of spoken information and persuasion. Emphasis on four speech types (informative, persuasive, dramatic, and special occasion) will be taught. Students will learn to choose speaking topics and adapt them for specific audiences, to research and Students will study how to incorporate well-designed visual and multimedia aids in presentations and how to maintain a credible presence in the digital world.
 
 
 
Course Name: Video Production
Grade: 12th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: TV Production I & II
Description: In this course, the student will learn the most important topics of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, Audition CS6, and Encore CS6, with some training in Photoshop CS6 presented by the instructor. Some additional reading, handouts, or on-line tutorials will be used for the necessary skills in Photoshop. Students will first learn Premiere Pro and how to import assets to create a project and learn how to work with transitions, motion effects, and how to create titles. Working with Photoshop, students will learn how to evaluate, edit and enhance images, create assets for a project, and learn basic composition and design skills. Adobe After Effects will be used to create animations, add layer effects, and create moving text and other assets for use in video. Adobe Audition will be presented so students can learn the most important aspects of audio in a video, such as how to create multi-track sessions and restore audio files. Then, students will work with advanced techniques while integrating Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects and Audition to create a documentary, Public Service Announcements (PSA), and commercials. Students will learn how to create an electronic portfolio with Encore as a final project. Quizzes and practice exams for Adobe Certified Associate in Premiere.
 
 
 
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 Course Name: Advertising & Commercialism
Grade: 12th
Credit: 0.50
Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: Students will be exposed to target market concepts especially those related to teens in the area of alcohol, smoking, body image, food stylists and the music industry. Students will create several advertising projects through the duration of the course
 
 
 
Course Name: Public Relations
Grade: 12th
Credit: 0.50
Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: This class will serve as a foundation for internal and external communications for JMA. Students will: write press releases for Highlights & Achievements; for the HPS Communications Department and for parents and community members regarding the school’s events and happenings. These students will give tours and welcome guests, parent and community members during various functions. Students will also form the base news team for out of school event coverage. Students will study: what is public relations; press release writing; professional conduct, Relationships and the role in helping to bring together organizations and individuals with their key stakeholders; and Anticipating, analyzing and interpreting public opinion, attitudes and issues that might impact, for good or ill, the operations and plans of the organization.

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