Journalism 1 Syllabus

Course Description:
Journalism One                                 Course No.:  1006300                      Credit: 1.0

This course is designed to develop basic entry-level skills required for careers in the writing and editing industry. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental skills in the production of print or electronic journalistic media.

Textbook:  Journalism Today: Seventh Edition

Class Supplies
Students need: one college ruled composition book, 1GB or larger flash drive, an Edmodo account, highlighter, and a three-prong two pocket folder.

In addition, students should bring the following supplies for classroom use:

  • 1 ream of copy paper
  • 1 box of tissues

Classroom Procedures:
Each class will begin with independent reading of a journalistic publication (newspaper or magazine) or a prompt to consider that is followed by a written response in your composition journal. Students may use reading material in class or bring their own newspaper or classroom appropriate magazine. Instruction for this course is a blend of topics and hands-on learning through the production of three campus publications. Instruction will include, but not be limited to:

  • writing processes
  • history and ethics of journalism
  • editing
  • layout and design
  • interviewing
  • advertising and sales
  • print and digital media
  • careers in journalism

Hands-on activities are integral to this course. As the year progresses, students may be invited to contribute to one of the three publications the Journalism classes produce – The Vertical, Happenstance, and the NHS Newsletter. Assessments will also be given to monitor students’ mastery of the material taught in class. This course may require students to participate in activities beyond the school day.

Absences and Late Work
If the student is absent, article deadlines do not change. The student needs to remain in contact with their editors and advisor in the case of an absence that impacts deadline. A contact sheet will be given to each student to enable this communication. If you have 3 or more unexcused absences, I will contact the Dean of Attendance and a parent/guardian to discuss concerns. An unexcused absence is any absence where a parent/guardian has not contacted the school to verify the absence of the student and/or has not provided a not that excuses the absence per school/district policy.

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what we did in class and complete the missed work on time. A day per excused absence is allowed for making up work (excluded: deadline based articles, see above policy). Late work will receive a point reduction of 10 points per day. Unexcused absences reduce grades by 50%.

Grading Policy
Assessments                            70%
Quizzes, Writing Portfolios, Tests

Assignments                                         30%
Classwork, writing practice, advertising/fundraising, and journals

Semester grades are calculated according to district policy: Each quarter is 45% of your semester grade and the semester district exam is 10 % of your semester grade.

Grading Scale
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 0-59

Classroom Operations

  1. Respect yourself, others, and property.
  2. Be in class on time.
  3. Turn in all assignments on deadline.
  4. Attend functions that you are assigned to cover or arrange a replacement in case of extreme emergency.
  5. Show respect for everyone: teacher and peers alike. We will speak one at a time!
  6. We will be doing fundraisers and advertising sales to help fund our publications expand the equipment available for our use in our room. You must participate!
  7. Much time will have to be spent outside class writing, interviewing, editing, selling advertisements, etc. Class time is precious and we MUST have articles in order to layout during class time.
  8. Help maintain a clean room and protect our equipment by not defiling it with food, drink (water’s OK), or gum.
  9. Learn something and help your peers learn something.
  10. Challenge yourself creatively and encourage your peers to do the same.

Cell Phones and other digital devices
There will be opportunities in class where cell phones (tablets, etc.) will be permitted in class for academic purposes. Unless the teacher has explicitly approved the use of cell phones in class, all cell phones (tablets, etc.) must be silenced and put away for the duration of class. Unapproved cell phone (tablet, etc.) use during class time will follow the same consequences of any violation of classroom operations.


  1. Two warnings
  2. Detention and parent contact
  3. Referral to Dean’s Office

Right to change: This syllabus may be subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Notice will be made in class to students and posted on the class website