There is a class in SJHS, during sixth period, which is different than any other class. For one thing, some of the students aren’t in class, but they are in other classes talking to their peers. This class is a writing class, but it’s not a typical writing class. In this class the students get to write about whatever they want! This class is journalism.
“I like how journalism isn’t a plain old class that you sit at your desk all day in. You get to go out of class and get involved in your writing,” said Tiare Spencer, a member of the journalism staff. Sarah Clark, also a member of the journalism class said, “I like being able to learn a new style of writing. I also liked writing book reviews and doing all the extra stuff that we have added.”
The journalism class is taught by Ms. Miley, a seventh grade English teacher at SJHS. She said, “My favorite thing about teaching journalism is working with students who enjoy writing and are motivated to produce good articles for the school newspaper. I like that journalism is a class where students to get to work more independently--they get to choose what they write about and how they want to cover their topic.”
In journalism you brainstorm for article ideas and you get to interview people for your article. There is a lot more to it than that, and students are always having fun. “It’s a really fun class, and it’s really cool to experience writing in a completely different way,” Tiare added.
All the students and Ms. Miley are eager to give reasons for students to be in journalism next year. “Students should sign up for journalism because it's different than most other classes you can take at the junior high. You'll get to interview students and teachers and see your writing published in the school newspaper and on the school website,” said Ms. Miley. Anna Bunnell, another SJHS staff writer, said, “Students should try journalism, but don’t think it’s easy, because it’s not!” Sarah Clark also enjoyed the class and said, “It was fun to get to write for the paper, take pictures, and to get the inside scoop.”
To sign up for journalism you can go to the front office and ask for an application. Here are some tips for students who are thinking of joining journalism:
Ms. Miley’s advice is to, “Pay attention and work hard in your English classes. In journalism you will apply the things you learn from your English teacher.”
“Do not get behind!” Sarah Clark stressed.
Tiare Spencer agreed, “Journalism is a fun class, but you have to do your work in class.”