Journalism Syllabus Revised 2005

Journalism I and Journalism II

Classroom Regulations and Procedures

  1. General Procedure

    1. Information

      Teacher: Jack L. Carter

      Office: Room 106

      P. O. Box w-1627

      Email:  mailto://

      Availability: Any time not in class or a meeting.

      Where to find: 106, Office, or Fant Library

      The Course is divided into two groups: Juniors and Seniors, each getting credit.  The Junior groups, Journalism I, works on basic skills and does the work of the organization: reporting on events, typing, learning computer applications.  The Senior group has the leadership role, Journalism II.  This group is responsible for the production of the paper, editing the paper, and laying out the paper.

    2. In-Class Procedures

      1. This class operates as close to the realities of the business world as possible in school.

      2. You have as your primary responsibility to find out your job and do it: period.

      3. If you run out of things to do, then you offer to help someone else.

      4. The Teacher, Editors, and Editorial Board all assess your contribution to the group as well as your individual assignments just for you. Generally the more helpful and creative you are, the higher your grade.

      5. Order of the review process:

        1. You bring a copy to me for evaluation.

        2. You send your article to the Editors with any suggestions I've given you.

        3. Editors either accept or send article back to you for revision.

        4. Editors log in time your article is finished.

        5. I assign a grade to it when I review the paper. (Note: this process has been shaped up greatly recently, but is still in a flux.)

      6. Groups in the classroom

        1. Editorial Board

          1. Responsible for choice of editorial;

          1. Makes decisions about changes in the format, style, or content of paper;

          2. Discusses and decides about controversial issues;

          3. Evaluations participation of each individual each nine weeks.

        2. Layout

          1. Responsible for the layout of the paper;

          2. Oversees the file transfers between writers and editors, and between print and internet copies

          3. Trains and oversee assistants;

          4. Pastes up final copy;

          5. Prints copies of final copy for review by Administration, Editorial Board, Editors, and Mr. Carter.

          6. Keeps Managing Editor informed about late or incomplete work.

        3. Internet Layout and Creation of web site

          1. Responsible for current edition and maintaining of archives;

          2. Responsible for transferring the contents of the Print edition to the Internet Edition;

          3. Responsible for transferring graphics from Grayscale to color;

          4. Responsible for creating and updating specific Internet version material such as calendars, lists of activities, and other such material;

          5. Responsible for proofreading and perfecting the files to be put on the HTTPD server;

          6. Works with Layout editor to help maintain file structure of Vision.

        4. Graphics Committee

          1. Elects a member to be head of graphics;

          2. Responsible for creating photographs, graphs or charts, artwork, cartoons, cutesy stuff for articles, front page, and editorial page;

          3. Responsible for color graphics for the internet site;

          4. Responsible for half-tone and grayscale graphics for print edition;

          5. Learn to use Microsoft Office especially Word and Excel, E-Mail, PageMaker, Illustrator, and Freehand.

        5. Reporters, Writers, and Headline Writers

          1. Create leads, text, and suggested headlines for articles, Features, Columns, and Editorials;

          2. Turn in work by deadline in the Printing Cycle;

          3. Revise work with the help of Mr. Carter and the Editors;

          4. Help out with other jobs as needed;

          5. Report accurately and completely all news without bias;

          6. Develop all features accurately and completely without bias;

          7. Understudy other jobs in order to learn the complete process of newspaper work;

          8. Identify other jobs for specialty;

          9. Learn to use E-Mail, Microsoft Office, Internet Browsers, and other technological tools of the trade.

        6. Outreach Committee

          1. Responsible for identify places to go for field trips;

          2. Responsible for correspondence to individuals and organizations outside of Vision;

          3. Responsible for mailing copies of Vision to other schools;

          4. Responsible for filing photographs, sample papers, and keeping the room neat and orderly;

          5. Works directly with Managing Editor.

    3. Out of Class Procedures

      1. Tutorials

        1. You are expected to put in a minimum of one hour and twenty-five minutes a week during tutorial time under supervision of an editor;

        2. If you cannot complete assignments during class, you are expected to do them during your time in order to meet deadlines;

      2. Special Workshops

        1. Mr. Carter will give workshops on the various tools used by this organization at a time convenient to participants and him, possible during tutorials;

        2. You are expected to attend those workshops assigned to you.

      3. Parties

        1. A party will be organized by the Managing Editor to celebrate each issue;

        2. Attendance at the parties is voluntary, but be sure to sign up for them on the sign-up sheet.

  2. List of Learning Opportunities

    1. To learn the techniques of group work;

    2. To learn

      1. Composition

        1. The 5 W's;

        2. The parts of articles, features, sports stories, editorials, and commentaries as well as columns;

        3. Techniques of Editing Compositions;

        4. Journalistic style;

        5. Grammar and Mechanics.

      2. Technology

        1. The use of the Computer to create a newspaper;

        2. Programs such as

          1. Adobe Page-Maker for layout;

          2. Microsoft Word for Composition;

          3. Microsoft Excel for Charts and Graphs;

          4. Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations on the web;

          5. Adobe Illustrator;

          6. Adobe PhotoShop;

          7. Adobe Premier (if acquired) for video web;

          8. Microsoft FrontPage;

          9. Netscape Communicator.

          10. Web browsers and FTP programs.

  3. Grades and Evaluation

    Grades are based upon effort, quality of work, participation in the process of creating Vision, and creativity. A great deal of thought and effort over the years has been put into creating a system of evaluation that is fair, that addresses all issues, and that is practical.

    1. Group Evaluations

      1. Evaluation of the Issue by the teacher;

      2. Evaluation of Participation by teacher

    2. Individual Evaluations

      1. Material turned in as exercises is evaluation by Mr. Carter

      2. Material submitted for a page on the web is evaluated by Mr. Carter

      3. Late would has an immediate deduction of 10%; after first warning 15%; after second warning 30%.  Failure to turn in work will result in ISP time with Mr. Carter

    3. Scale of Group and Individual Evaluations:

      1. Group: 40% per nine weeks

        1. Participation 20%

        2. Issue completed on time: 80%

      2. Individual: 60% per nine weeks

        1. Tests and Quizzes 30%

        2. Assignments completed on Time 70%

  4. Goals:

    Journalism I:

    1. To learn to work in a group effort to put out a product;

    2. To design, write, layout, and publish a print and Internet version of the school Newspaper;

    3. To learn the technology associated with print and internet production;

    4. To illustrate, report on, and evoke discussion about the Academic and Residential Life of the School;

    5. To provide a service to the school that meets the four goals of Creativity, Community, Scholarship, and Service;

    6. To provide a means to further the Five Year Plan of the school in all of its objectives.

    Journalism II:

  1. To lead reporters, photographers, and graphics artists in the creation of Vision.

  2. To run and participate in Editorial Board meetings.

  3. To make corporate decisions about the form, content, and goals of the Vision.

  4. To utilize and learn programs necessary to produce the paper:

    1. Quark Passport

    2. Photoshop

    3. Frontpage

  5. To assign articles with the concurrence of the instructor to reporters, photographers, graphics artists.

  6. To further the goals of the school as set form in the Five Year Plan.


  1. Policies of this class are published in the Policy Manual of Vision with the goal of creating an unbiased, reasonable, and accurate report of and commentary about the individuals, goals, productions, and achievements of The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Sciences


Note: failure to meet deadlines will result in a grade reduction of up to 20%.

Updated on 08/09/2005 by Jack L. Carter

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