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This year, there are three sections of this course. Because of that, we will be holding staff meetings during seminar every Friday. If you cannot attend staff meeting, it is your responsibility to check Google Classroom for your assignments. 


Please take the time to read this document carefully with your parents/guardians. It does contain essential information about the course for which you will be held responsible.


Course Description: Mass Media is a year long class that will help you learn more about journalistic writing and the production of several authentic texts including the weekly posts on our district blog, social media updates, the creation of at least two films, our quarterly newsletter, and the yearbook. The class is designed to involve you in writing, design, and photography. It's a hands-on class that requires a high level of energy and active participation from students. All of your work will be deadline oriented. Here, you'll learn how to properly write for print journalism, photojournalism skills, blogging skills, Adobe Premiere Pro, video editing skills, how to interview someone, and much more. This class will provide you with practical knowledge and problem solving skills, teamwork, and the ability to showcase your creativity. You are expected to be an active participant in all aspects of this class. You will be held responsible for every single assignment, and the class will require mandatory time outside of class for assignments on location.If you're not interested in telling the story of the 2019-2020 school year, please withdraw before the class begins. No late work is accepted in this class. 


Classes will include discussions, lectures, meetings, writing, revising, and publishing. The practice of journalism itself will keep you very busy in this class. You may find yourself with several deadlines to meet within any given week: conducting interviews outside of class, editing your draft work, submitting your drafts, researching for your upcoming story, and so on. You are expected to use your classroom time well. If you're done in class, move on to the next thing.


Course Grading:

Our grading scale will follow the adopted board policy of the Osborn R-0 School District. Tests, assignments, and projects will all be of equal weight in the course, though some may be worth more points than others. Your grade will be based on all of your work - interviews, videos you produce, yearbook pages, blogs, social media updates, and tests and worksheets from the textbook - among other things. Expect to spend about six weeks learning some basic journalism skills.


There are four standing assignments with which you should be familiar.


  • Yearbook Pages: You will be expected to produce multiple yearbook pages. You are expected to provide the photos for each page as well as the articles and picture captions that go on that page. 
  • Blogs: After our introductory lessons, you will be expected to produce two blogs each week. If you do not have an on-location story (like a school event or a game), you will need to generate good feature or Op-Ed pieces to publish each week. 
  • Videos: We are launching a new video newscast this year. Expect to have at least one story per newscast to produce and edit by deadline.
  • Choice Film: You will be expected to produce a film of your choice by May 1. It should be at least 10 minutes in length and may deal with any topic you wish. 


Part of your first quarter grade will rely on your yearbook ad sales. Students are asked to sell at least $300 in ads to help support the yearbook. While you may not hit your goal, you have to at least prove that you’ve tried with the paperwork I will distribute in class. If you know someone who might be interested in purchasing an ad to help support our yearbook, please contact them soon to let them know you will be selling ads in the near future. 


You will be expected to help produce our Veteran’s Day film as well. Be prepared to interview a veteran and/or a family member of a veteran, help the team decide on the right storyline, and do some editing to make the film possible.


Google Classroom: As with every other year, we’ll be making extensive use of Google Classroom, a learning management system. There are some amazing features, and I’ll likely be grading much of your work right there in the online environment. If you have a project deadline looming, and you do not have internet access at home to get into your classroom, you should make arrangements to meet with me during your seminar time, before school, or after school so you can finish by the deadline! If your parents or guardians would like to sign up for Google Classroom access so they can see what you’re doing in class, that’s an option! Just have them send me an email.