The student journalist provides a lens for the wider community to understand the world more deeply. They strive to celebrate unheard voices, to shine light on injustices, and acknowledge the quiet daily challenges and triumphs of our community members. Students deepen media literacy skills, identify trends, help their peers make sense of bigger news stories in a way that relates to their own community and weave meaningful layers of connection between communities.
Through careful consideration of what is, what was, what will be and what could be, students learn to craft journalistic works and work with a variety of media to share those stories, including industry-standard programs such as Adobe InDesign and Final Cut Pro. Preparing to be 21st century journalists, each student considers whether their story can best be told via web, social media, video, podcast or in a printed newspaper. Often students choose to use several different types of media to more fully convey their storytelling.
In striving to inform, challenge and celebrate our community, the young journalists aim to be powers for good in the world and in the local community. With local journalism initiatives being cut nationwide, the role of student journalism has never been more vital.
Over the course of their time in our journalism classes, students develop a responsibility to report the news with integrity and without bias, develop greater confidence and ease in interviewing and interacting with peers and adults, strengthen writing, photography and design skills, and gain a deeper understanding of media literacy through lived experiences.
Each year, students in the Journalism Collaborative courses attend, and sometimes present at, national scholastic journalism conferences, including ones hosted by National Scholastic Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and The New York Press Association.