Oak Ridge Media

Courses Offered

There are eight journalism/communications related courses offered at ORHS. The introductory course is Journalism 1. It is highly recommended to take that course before applying to get on staff. However, it is not a requirement. Some of our best editors did not take Journalism 1, so it is completely possible to be a great staff member without this course. Journalism 1 actually counts as a Practical Arts credit toward what you need for graduation. Aside from that course, we have Newspaper Production, Sports Newspaper Production, Yearbook Production, Newspaper Production Honors and Sports Newspaper Production Honors and Yearbook Production Honors. You can read about each of the courses below.

Journalism 1: Practical Arts Credit. Prerequisite: None. Students will explore all aspects of newspaper, magazine, yearbook and multimedia production. Students will write, interview, edit, design, photograph, video and apply media law and ethics. Due to the fact that this course if the foundation course for the publication courses, this course is recommended before taking Newspaper Production, Yearbook Production, Newspaper Production Honors or Yearbook Production Honors.

Digital Newspaper Production (Journalism 2): Elective Credit. Prerequisite: Journalism 1 and/or Teacher Recommendation/Application. This class will be responsible for the production of the school’s online newspaper. Students will be trained to work in the following areas: writing, photography, design and multimedia. This is a co-curricular course, and students can expect to devote time outside of class to cover events. 

Digital Sports Newspaper Production (Journalism 2): Elective Credit. Prerequisite: Journalism 1 and/or Teacher Recommendation/Application. This class will be responsible for the production of the school’s online sports newspaper. Students will be trained to work in the following areas: writing, photography, design and multimedia. This is a co-curricular course, and students can expect to devote time outside of class to cover events. 

Digital Newspaper Production Honors (Journalism 3, 5 and 7): Elective Credit. Prerequisite: Student must have already taken or currently be enrolled in Newspaper Production; Teacher Recommendation (Journalism 1 highly encouraged). This class will be responsible for the production of the school’s online newspaper. Students will be trained to work in the following areas: writing, photography, design, business and multimedia. This is a co-curricular course, and students can expect to devote time outside of class to cover events. This course is designed for the student who wishes to take a more rigorous approach to the study of Advanced Newspaper Production.

Digital Sports Newspaper Production Honors (Journalism 3, 5 and 7): Elective Credit. Prerequisite: Student must have already taken or currently be enrolled in Newspaper Production; Teacher Recommendation (Journalism 1 highly encouraged). This class will be responsible for the production of the school’s online newspaper. Students will be trained to work in the following areas: writing, photography, design, business and multimedia. This is a co-curricular course, and students can expect to devote time outside of class to cover events. This course is designed for the student who wishes to take a more rigorous approach to the study of Advanced Sports Newspaper Production.

Yearbook Production (Journalism 2): Elective Credit. Prerequisite: Journalism 1 and/or Teacher Recommendation/Application. This class will be responsible for the production of the school yearbook. Students will be trained and work in the following areas: writing, photography, design, business and multimedia. This is a co-curricular course, and students can expect to devote time outside of class to cover events.

Digital Yearbook Production Honors (Journalism 3, 5, 7): Elective Credit. Prerequisite: Student must have already taken or currently be enrolled in Yearbook Production. Teacher Recommendation (Journalism 1 highly encouraged). This class will be responsible for the production of the school’s yearbook. Students will be trained to work in the following areas: writing, photography, design, business and multimedia. This is a co-curricular course, and students can expect to devote time outside of class to cover events. This course is designed for the student who wishes to take a more rigorous approach to the study of Advanced Yearbook Production.

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Courses Offered