Alice Buffett Middle School’s Journalism Program:
Our curriculum prepares future journalists for a successful career by teaching the following standards:
-Students will understand individual and staff responsibilities of coverage appropriate for the publication’s audience. Our students must consider 5th-8th grade students as audience members.
-Students will define, articulate, and generate various journalistic writing products. Students not only write articles, but create infographics, charts, and maps that inform others.
-Students will understand and implement journalistic ethics and standards in school sponsored publications. Students leave our school with an understanding of journalistic integrity and their rights as members of the press.
-Students will understand all aspects of assigned school publication, the means by which that publication is created, and produce the publication. Students market, plan, and create the yearbook for our school.
-Students produce the yearbook after learning through a gradual release of responsibility learning model.
-Students receive hands-on training with Adobe Creative Cloud software; specifically in inDesign and Photoshop.
-Students learn how to operate professional cameras and use them to create professional grade photos.
-Students communicate with staff, students, administrators, and stakeholders to produce the yearbook.
-Students market the yearbook and track sales.