Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Participate in or run story budget meetings and discuss libel and ethical issues as they apply to
2. Articulate elements of newspaper design, headline and cutline writing, photo selection and page layout.
3. Demonstrate ability to help with and/or delegate tasks associated with newspaper and website
production, such as copyediting, headline and cutline writing, photo editing, design, layout and
4. Develop story ideas, conduct research and interviews, and write articles for three or more of the
following sections: news, feature, opinion, sports or arts and entertainment.
5. Create a multimedia news or feature story, using blend of audio, photos, video or text.
6. Edit stories for content, Associated Press (AP) Style, grammar and punctuation.
7. Demonstrate ability to upload stories and photos to website.
8. Demonstrate ability to design pages or make corrections using page design software.
9. Select articles, photographs and artwork for publication.
10. Demonstrate ability to teach and guide newer staff members in reporting, writing, editing, layout
and multimedia creation.
I. Oak Leaf Manual
A. Rules of The Oak Leaf
B. Goals and standards
II. Production Process
III. Libel and Ethics
IV. AP Style
A. Content editing
VI. Headlines and Cutlines
VII. Multimedia Storytelling
A. Audio slideshows
D. Other technologies
VIII. Layout and Design
A. Design principles
B. Photo sizing and layout
IX. Photo Editing and Selection
X. Website Production
XI. Critiquing The Oak Leaf
XII. Journalism Jobs and Internships
1. Produce the student newspaper and website, which typically involves a blend of reporting, writing, editing, photography, design and layout.
2. Create a portfolio of published articles, photographs and multimedia stories.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
10 - 75%
|Portfolio of articles; headline and cutline writing||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
10 - 75%
|Production skills, photography, layout||
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
0 - 0%
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 30%
|Class participation, teamwork||
The Associated Press (AP) Style Book. The Associated Press: current year
The Student Newspaper Survival Guide. Kanigel, Rahele. Blackwell Publishing Professional: 2006