Journalism/Intro to Publications


    Mrs. DeLong   ·  Westmoore High School  · Journalism Room · Course No. 8303



    SEMESTERS: 1 GL: 9-11 Prerequisite: Adviser approval or a ‘B’ (or better) average in English. This class will serve as the prerequisite for being a member of either the school’s yearbook production staff or the newspaper production staff.

    This course introduces students to the mass media and focuses on print journalism and photojournalism. Students will study journalistic style, ethics and laws. They will expand their vocabulary, writing skills, and design skills. They will receive instruction and practice writing a variety of news stories and help plan and produce page layouts for the school news magazine and online news website. They will also have the opportunity to become aware of current news events in our community, nation, and the world. Photojournalism will also be introduced and practiced in the course. Students should be able to write, organize materials, and handle responsibility.



    Students will be involved in a variety of oral and written evaluations, as well as a demonstration of topic mastery. Each assignment will be worth a certain number of points. Students should plan to participate in all assigned activities. Participation grades are given.

    Grading scale: A = 90–100; B = 80–89; C = 70–79; D = 60–69; F = 59 or below.

    Attendance is a very important part of class participation. Students should arrange to make up all missed work during prearranged after-school sessions. In some cases, work can be made up during class.


    Students should bring paper, pencil, and their class assignment sheets to class each day. Students may wish to bring a USB drive to class to transport projects between home and school.  


    Behavior Guidelines

    Students should plan to be on their best behavior during class. This includes respecting the teacher, other students, and the materials in the classroom. Students should raise their hands before speaking and listen carefully to all instructions. Restroom breaks should be taken between classes. Cell phone use during the school day is against school and district policy.  A verbal warning will be given during the first occurrence.  The second occurrence will result in a phone placed on the teacher’s desk.  The third occurrence will result in an office referral.

    Discipline Plan

    Step one: verbal warning or reprimand

    Step two: change of seating assignment, isolation in the classroom, or removal of privilege

    Step three: lunch detention* and parental contact

    Step five: formal referral to school administration

    *Lunch detention may also be given for homework not completed, or for a third tardy to class.

    Note: Certain violations of the Student Code of Conduct are considered “severe,” and result in immediate referral to the administration.