If you are new to journalism or want to work a little more on your personal and feature writing skills, this class is for you. Students will work to refine and polish their personal and feature writing skills, develop story ideas, analyze news content, improve interviewing skills, and seek unique angles. Students will also learn how to write effective, clear, and concise columns that will build readership. This class will help you to define topics, write persuasively, and prepare materials in advance.
Taught by Evelyn Lauer
One of the hardest part about being part of a team is motivating others. Learn strategies to create a positive work environment that not only motivates, but supports and respects everyone others. All students will get an opportunity to be a good leader, and a good leader knows how to follow. This leader also understands how to manage, motivate, plan, and grow. Students in this class should be editors of their publications going into the 2018-19 school year.
Taught by Carolyn Wagner
The ultimate goal of this class is to get your book moving in the right direction before school has even started. Students will work on developing skills related to all aspects of yearbook planning production (theme development, reporting and writing, coverage, advertising, staff strategies, and more). Whether you’re brand-new to staff or a veteran editor, this class will help you to shape your 2018 book from start to finish.
Taught by Shari Adwers
Yearbook designers will focus their attention of design principles and trends in yearbooks, while planning out the look and feel of their book for the 2017-18 school year. Visual elements will be emphasized in this class, as students will be looking through quality photography, developing exceptional designs, and creating a variety of alternative story forms to make their books beautiful.
Taught by Renee Burke
BRANDING AND PROMOTION
This class is all about finding ways to get your program out there, your content read, your contests participated in, and your brand visible. If you are interested developing campaigns for your school, finding ways to promote your program, or utilizing social media and other technologies to market your content and product, this class is for you.
Taught by Patrick R. Johnson
DIGITAL AND SOCIAL JOURNALISM
In this class, students will develop and produce content using digital and social media. Additionally, students will learn how to develop, manage, and maintain a student media website and social media for their individual programs. Principles of video production, particularly mobile, will also be emphasized. Students will also learn about equipment needs to use video with their student media.
Taught by Jon Rogers and Don Goble
In this class, students will learn how to prepare photos for publication and the web, as well as understand how to create an effective digital workflow. Students will also practice photographing challenging situations and work on caption writing. A point and shoot or DSLR camera with manual controls and a card reader are required for this class.
Taught by Joe Koshollek