Newton High School

21st Century Journalism


This course includes an overview of the field of journalism and mass communication. Students learn to be consumers of media, to understand news gathering and production and will explore the role media in the communications industry in society. This course includes instruction in basic news writing, reporting, editing, discussion of legal and ethical issues and production of one issue of The Newtonian. This class is the prerequisite for Newspaper and Yearbook.


Grade level required: 9, 10, 11, 12.


Units of Study

  1. Role of journalism, Journalism law & ethics

  2. News values & principles of journalism

  3. Information gathering (interviewing)

  4. Journalistic writing & story development

  5. Visual presentation

  6. Opinion/Feature/Sports writing

  7. Photography & Design

  8. Publication production (April)