Journalism 2

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.


“My perspective of news has changed forever. I will forever see the importance of journalism in a democracy.” Alex A.

“The biggest takeaway for me is how I am going to look at the news now. I have been given the tools to navigate the media and find reliable sources. I can be smarter about my choices in media and I can decipher (and more thoroughly enjoy) the media.” Hayden J.

“For me, the greatest learning took place as I wrote my own articles. I began to see how much effort goes into masterful articles, the many intricacies involved in writing, and the different types of writing available. I particularly liked studying Malcolm Gladwell and Solutions Journalism.” Doug A.


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 create interesting and engaging written and spoken expression which are 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?Does a journalist have an obligation to the audience for content and quality of writing?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?What is a Student Highlight?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 newsworthy figures in recent Journalistic history that represent ethical considerations in Journalism?How do I create a recorded media presentation?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 role does conscience play in the profession of Journalism?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?
What is Solutions-focused Journalism and how can I utilize this strategic genre in my writing today?
What are the most important punctuation and usage rules to master in great writing?

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: Journalism 1 - (ideally)
  • 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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