Broadcast Journalism

Offered Courses

BCJournalism Ia (1/2 credit)

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

BCJournalism Ib (1/2 credit)

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Recommendations of Broadcast Journalism and English teachers

This semester long introduction course (BCJ Ia) is for students who are interested in learning the skills involved in producing television news style bulletins and features. It will offer students the opportunity to use the television equipment in Studio 86 and possibly to package their projects in a student produced news program to be broadcast over the school's closed circuit television system. The course begins with an emphasis on the script writing, research and interviewing skills that form the basis of a news bulletin or feature. Students also analyze journalism (print and broadcast) as a part of the course curriculum. Camera skills, digital editing and the accompanying television production skills will also be taught. This course is open to a select group of no more than 20 students per class. To continue into the second semester (BCJ Ib) of the class, students must have a grade of C+ or higher. The second semester of the course offers students the opportunity to further develop the skills learned in the first semester and to gain additional experience by producing projects in units that explore advertising, public service announcements, historical and documentary style production as well as potentially working into a role in the production of amCentral, which is produced live on a daily basis.

Broadcast Journalism Honors

(1 credit) / 2 semesters

Grade 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Recommendation of Broadcast Journalism teacher; Grade of B or higher in Broadcast Journalism Ib ; excellent attendance.

This two-semester course continues to develop and refine the writing and video production skills and techniques taught in the Video Production. It will include more emphasis on script writing and research as a basis of more in-depth news features and continued production of the genres explored in the Ib course. Students in this course are generally members of the amCentral morning show crew and taking an active role in show production, including the requirement of periodically taking on the show’s director role. They will also have the opportunity to produce the school's video yearbook

Broadcast Journalism 3

Available for Grades 11, 12 (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Broadcast Journalism Honors (2 semesters with Grade of B or higher ).

In this introductory course students will learn the fundamentals of Graphic Design, which includes the elements & principle of design, layout design, typography, and color theory. Through hands-on computer generated assignments students will learn how to use Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Type styler, and Adobe Photoshop to organize information, attract, and design layouts that communicate effectively. Successful completion of this course will allow student to take Graphic Design II.

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