Journalism 1

What role does journalism play in our society, and how can I craft works worthy of journalistic publication?

Why Take This Course?

The Journalism courses cover everything from how to write articles to the history and influence of journalism.

The Journalism courses cover everything from how to write articles to the history and influence of journalism.

Are you a blogger, videographer, photographer, journalist, or writer that needs an audience? Are you a media wiz that can leap through social media and promote content? This course gives students like you a platform, with instruction in the art and the skill of Journalism. Even better, we have our own online publication so you’ll get a real-time, real-life experience in these arts.

The Burger Gazette, Williamsburg Academy’s online student newspaper, is written, edited, put together, designed, spiffed-up, and published by the Williamsburg Academy Journalism class. Students may concentrate their project work in their chosen area of interest which could include writing for one of our newspaper sections: Features, Academics, Sports, Literary Guild, Opinion, Movie and Music Reviews, International News, or Fine Arts.

Other students might choose to invest their project work in photography, cartooning, or design.

Along the way, we will study journalism itself, its history, the role modern journalism plays in our society, and the skills and tools you need to master if you want to publish in modern journalistic outlets.

If you would like a course that challenges you to do your very best work, invites you to share your work with others, and places you on a team of equally talented and committed individuals, Journalism is for you.

Journalism can count towards students’ 12th grade Language Arts credit requirement.


“Before this course I knew that the media wasn’t always reliable, so I really didn’t pay attention.  I didn’t think that there were any reporters left out there that were trying to make a difference. Reading the Code of Ethics of The Associated Press changed that. Many journalists actually choose to work in the media for the purpose of making a difference.” Markus W.

“Although it can be difficult at times to present a well-written story, it is totally worth it! I learned how and where to find effective information. I loved seeing behind the scenes of what goes on with The Burger Gazette (Williamsburg’s online student newspaper).” Jed R.

Course Framework

Unit 1
Journalistic Ethics
Unit 2
Unit 3
Journalistic History
Unit 4
Evaluating Media
What are the ethics that govern excellent Journalism?What are the tools I need to craft interesting and engaging written and spoken expression suitable for journalistic publication?How does the history of Journalism influence today's media?Which tools are necessary to use when evaluating media with a critical eye?
What are the ethics that govern reporting of news, and how can I apply them to my own reporting?How do I write great fiction suitable for a periodical?What are the key movements in the history of Journalism?How do I evaluate a news media website for accuracy in news reporting?
Does the Journalism profession have definitive guidelines that are intrinsic to democracy? How can I purpose myself to help maintain the democratic integrity of the profession?How do I write great nonfiction suitable for a periodical?How has Journalism remained constant and how has it changed?How do I evaluate a periodical article for accuracy in news reporting?
Who are some notable figures in recent Journalistic history that represent ethical considerations in Journalism?How do I create a recorded newscast?How has the internet changed the face of Journalism, and what are the consequences of these changes?Who are some notable figures in recent Journalistic history who represent model careers for all Journalists to learn from?
What is the function of the Society for Professional Journalists, and how can I learn from the history and the vitality of this organization?How do I find my unique voice?What is Citizen Journalism, and how can I be a part of this movement?
What are the four writing personas, and how can I use them to express my unique voice?How can I discern the political focus or the bias of a news publication?
How do I create a Spoken Word Poetry presentation?
What is Narrative Investigative Journalism?
What are the most important punctuation and usage rules to master in great writing?
What is an opinion essay?
What is a political opinion essay?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Bill Kovach and Tom RosensteilThe Elements of Journalism, Revised and Updated 3rd Edition; What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect (April 1, 2014)


  • Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman), 10th (Sophomore), 11th (Junior), 12th (Senior)
  • Prerequisites: None - Any middle school or high school writing course
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 6
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5

Note: For students who have already taken High School writing outside of Williamsburg, they can email the teacher to take Journalism for a writing credit.

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