Journalism

Courses
Editorial Leadership: Knight Errant (YR)
Two semesters, two credits, open to juniors and seniors.
Prerequisite: two semesters of Journalism classes, application, and teacher approval.

Seniors enrolled in Editorial Leadership must enroll in one additional English course each semester. Juniors enrolled in Editorial Leadership must enroll in required English courses.

Students who take this hands-on course will oversee production of the print and online editions of the Knight Errant. They will be responsible for all aspects of the publication. As the editorial board of the Knight Errant, students in this class will coordinate the work of the students in the Journalistic Writing, Video Journalism, Photojournalism, and Graphic Design classes, in addition to creating their own content for publication. Each student in the class will be assigned a specific leadership role. This course does not meet the core course requirements of the NCAA.

Journalistic Writing (S1) and/or (S2)
One semesters, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Prerequisite: Application and teacher approval. This course may be repeated. 
Sophomores and Juniors enrolled in Journalistic Writing must enroll in required English courses.

Students who take this hand-on course will produce the written content for the print and online editions of the Knight Errant. They will work in conjunction with students in the Editorial Leadership class who will guide them through the writing process, from the conception of ideas to the final published product. Students in this class will explore the different styles of writing encompassed in the Knight Errant, including interview-based stories for the news, sports, and feature sections as well as opinion and review writing. With an emphasis on writing clear, concise, and engaging prose, this class will help students develop and hone their writing skills and provide them with an authentic audience for their writing. This course may be repeated. 

Video Journalism (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Seniors enrolled in Video Journalism must enroll in one additional English course each semester. Sophomores and Juniors enrolled in Video Journalism must enroll in required English courses.

This course is designed to give students the ability to communicate in the video age-whether for the Knight Errant online, public relations, nonprofits, or social networking. Students will learn digital storytelling to communicate their ideas, rather than simply the technical knowledge of shooting and editing video. This course is all about creativity and hands-on learning. At the end, students should be comfortable in the video storytelling processfrom the flash of an idea to the finished product on the screen, in the field, and in the studio classroom. This course may be repeated. This course does not meet the core course requirements of the NCAA.

Photojournalism (S1) and/or (S2)

One semester, one credit.

Prerequisite: Art and Design, Photography I and teacher approval.

This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals and technical skills of photojournalism. Students will become a “reporter with a camera,” and work closely with the Knight Errant and complete other skill building exercises. The class will cover a variety of photojournalistic subjects; general news, sports, features, speakers, environmental portraits, editorial illustrations, caption writing and photo essays. Students will learn to produce high-quality photographs that attract attention to a news story, and develop a photojournalist eye. In Photojournalism students will utilize and build upon basic photography skills: composition, lighting, camera technique, color correction, etc., so pictures communicate meaning to people who were not there to witness the event.

Graphic Design (S1) and/or (S2)

One semester, one credit.

Prerequisite: Art & Design

This introductory course instructs students in design skills using core graphic programs such as Adobe Photoshop Illustrator and InDesign.  The focus will be on developing student understanding of the fundamental principles of design while finding creative visual solutions to projects