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7th Grade
One Quarter

8th Grade
Year-Long Production


This course focuses on introducing students to the print aspect of journalism. Students will study the First Amendment, the function and role of the media in society, photojournalism, news and feature writing. The course features a hands-on laboratory in digital photography. Understanding the important role of the media, photojournalism, and news writing is the primary basis for this class.



This is first and foremost a production lab for students with advanced writing, design, and photography skills. This class will be offered in two year-long sections. One section will produce The Buffett Bugle, the school newspaper. The second year-long section of the class will produce the school yearbook, The Beacon.  Students will work in maestro groups that include a photographer, designer, reporter, editor, and student maestro. Each team will be responsible for creating a section of the newspaper or yearbook.  Concomitant to the production cycle, students will study the principles of design, photojournalism, and aspects of journalistic writing not covered in Middle School Journalism I: feature, sports, opinion, and entertainment writing.