Welcome to the Publications class, which includes the Yearbook and Newspaper division at WaltersJunior High. Being in this semester-long class means knowing that you are the eyes and ears of your peers. You are here to put your excellent ideas to work and gather the unique experiences at Walters into the written and visual form for the rest of the school to enjoy—for this year and the years to come. While you will be documenting events that occur mainly during the school day, you may be assigned an after-school activity too. You will be given at least 24 hours notice; please notify me if you need to cancel asap.
We will use all of your strengths—from writing to photography to design— to create a school newspaper and yearbook. This elective class has the unique opportunity to communicate with the rest of the school and influence it in a positive, lasting way.We need your creativity and motivation! Quite a responsibility.
My expectations are:show respect, focus, and be prepared. I expect my students to come into class knowing that we are a community of respectful learners. Anything but that will not be tolerated. Being respectful, reliable, and trustworthy is key, especially knowing that this is a Publications class; we deal with a variety of school
We will cover the basics of journalism, including vocabulary, interviewing, research, headline/caption writing, news writing, feature writing, editing, photography, design/page layout, and meeting deadlines.
In addition to producing the school newspaper issues every month, we will be creating the annual 60-page yearbook. For these publications, throughout the year, students will take pictures and write stories about student life at Walters.
Students will also be completing smaller assignments or personal projects related to journalism.
information/activities and interact with other students and adults alike. Staying organized throughout the semester will make meeting deadlines less stressful. We depend on each other for the work completed for the Newspaper or Yearbook. Not carrying your own weight will result in not passing the class…
(See Grades section below.)
This is a semester-long class. Grades will be based on participation/cooperation, assignments, personal/group projects and, more specifically, meeting the deadlines for the Newspaper and Yearbook. Quizzes may also be given. Not meeting deadlines may result in an “F.”The school is dependent on the work we produce in class; your work matters! It’s your responsibility to cooperate and produce a
quality newspaper and yearbook.
In addition, students may be issued a class camera or
recorder for assignments. They will check them out and