Syllabus & Grading

Course Title: Digital Journalism: Broadcast News & Media Production

Course application: This course will focus on advanced concepts of 21st century journalistic skills such as writing, interviewing, editing and digital publishing, while learning the fundamentals of media broadcasting.

Affect upon students: The students will apply journalistic skills such as information gathering and interviewing for reporting purposes, vocabulary, reasoning and analysis‚ in order to write and produce articles for video production. The students will demonstrate technical skills through camera interviewing, editing, and producing production packages for broadcast and web-based publications such as a daily newscast for the high school students and staff.

Learning objectives: Students will acquire 21st century skills through teamwork and professional relationships while producing authentic broadcast video projects.  Students will expand their writing and vocabulary abilities by conducting interviews, creating documentaries and news features in order to represent and report upon real-life situations.  Students will acquire professional responsibility and leadership skills by successfully completing both self directed and assigned projects on a deadline.


  • Vocabulary quizzes – journalistic terms
  • Knowledge and demonstration of assigned roles
  • Effective demonstration of research and information gathering techniques
  • Effective liaisons with various school departments
  • Both long and short journalistic writing pieces
  • Assigned and self directed writing / feature projects
  • Effective and professional broadcasting of daily school announcements

As Adopted by WUS BOE 2014 March - Reference E


For assignments, check the Agenda page and the Campus Portal assignment page. 


  • Agenda -- Read and follow along with all directions & activities on the agenda page every day.
  • Campus Portal -- Read and follow all comments on assignments in Campus Portal everyday.  Read and follow all directions in Campus Portal assignments.
  • Email -- Promptly read and follow all emails from the teacher and follow any directions.

Daily Work -- These are due in class by a certain time during class, are assigned most days, are usually 2 to 5 points, graded based on successful completion, and no credit for late work (if the student was present in class that day).  Most of these take less than 10 minutes to complete each.

1.  Pluses & Wishes / After Watching Questions -- due in class, usually by a certain time in class, assigned most days, usually 3 points, graded on completion.  These usually take 3 to 5 minutes to complete.  

2.  Self Evaluation -- due in class, usually by the end of class, assigned most days, usually 5 points, graded on completion, no credit for late if in class that day; these are where the daily grade for the student's daily report is also recorded with feedback.  These usually take 4 to 10 minutes to complete.

3.  Questions -- Usually some related questions to a project or discussion, due in class, usually 2 to 5 points, assigned when needed; an example is that all videos are expected to be uploaded to the student's shared DropBox folder daily.  These folders are checked approximately weekly.

4.  Rubric Evaluation --  Replaces the self evaluation, filled out by student and completed by the teacher.  A rubric is used to evaluate each daily video report.  Up to 10 points.

5.  Other -- as based on syllabus above

Projects & Extra Credit -- projects and assignments done outside of class-time, homework, etc.

6.  Projects/Reports -- done outside of class, 20 to 50 points each, graded on completing all items in rubric and/or list of questions, 1/2 credit if turned in late.  Examples include:  60 second trip commercial/advertisement; watch & evaluate evening news; etc.

7.  Extra Credit -- independent projects and reports done outside of class which could be provided to the student body.  About 10 points per hour of quality out of class effort.

8.  Other -- as based on syllabus above


To make up missing work, follow the HS student handbook.  All make up work must be completed outside of regular class time, not during class time.

For an absent student, assignments such as "pluses and wishes" are straight forward.  Just watch whichever video, do the pluses and wishes, and then show the teacher once done.  Infinite Campus does not send the teacher alerts of completed late work, so each student needs to show the teacher on the teacher's computer during class.

For the daily video reports with the accompanying self/rubric evaluation, the student can do a make-up one (outside of class time only) to make up for the one missed in class.  The student needs to complete the self-evaluation or rubric evaluation, and show the teacher on the teacher's computer during class.