Journalism (9-12th Grades – Spring)


(One Semester Course – Spring 2020)

9-12th Grades

Course with grading and suggestions:
$130 (each semester)

Content without teacher grading
$75 (each semester)

January 13th – May 1st, 2020
Spring Break April 9-15th

This course is designed to provide aspiring writers with an insight into best practices in the field of journalism. It will teach them to think like a journalist, and analyze and critique the news media. Students will study news stories, watch interviews, participate in discussions, practice writing, and participate in peer reviews. Through these practical assignments, students will learn how to generate news stories and leads, how to cover a variety of people, events and issues, and how to conduct an interview. Students will gain a firm grasp of the basic skills a journalist needs to succeed by practicing writing news stories, editing those stories, and analyzing how concepts like ethics and the law apply to news.  They will learn how to effectively communicate with people, think critically about what is going on around them and be aware of how the media affects their lives. Students will leave this class with a portfolio of written samples. This course will meet within the Sociology Learning Management System; course code and directions will be sent upon registration.  

Required Resources: Students must have access to the internet and email.

Expectation: Three to five hours of work and instruction each week.  One to two discussion boards a week. Students will be expected to make one substantial post and comment on at least two of their peer’s posts. There will be reading assignments and writing each week.

The online classroom will consist of assignments, articles, discussions, writing workshops, informative videos, and video lectures created by the teacher.


headshotJennifer Grybowski has been a writer and editor for 20 years and has published more than 4,000 articles. She was a writer for Tampa Bay Metro Magazine, managing editor of the Community Advocate newspaper, writer and editor for Turley Publications, copyeditor and proofreader for the New England Antiques Journal, and chief writer at Worcester Marketing Services. She was a critique group leader affiliated with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for five years. She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Tampa and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.

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