• SHS Publications Syllabus
    Classroom Expectations
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    1. Be Prompt: Please be in your seat when the bell rings.

    2. Be Respectful: Please treat your peers, teacher and the classroom with the respect. No food, drink or gum in the classroom.

    3. Be Prepared: Please come to class with all necessary supplies. Please do not expect to leave the classroom once the bell has rung, unless in case of emergency.

    4. Be Honest: Student journalists and photojournalists are expected to have integrity in all they do! There should not be a situation where your integrity comes into question. 

    Be Positive: Being positive is a choice. There’s no harm in smiling and making class a pleasant place to be.


    1. Materials for note taking and keeping up with assignments: pen, paper, notebook, folder, spiral, etc. How you take notes and stay organized is up to you, but know that grades will be issued no matter how organized you may or may not be.

    Ear phones/ear buds: Mandatory for use as you edit video and audio projects. Also, if you are listening to music as you work, you MUST listen privately.   

    3. Storage: You will need a way to store your material. You can decide how you will do this, but I would suggest designating a form of cloud storage – i.e., Drop Box, Google Docs, etc. Gauge your storage needs based on the size of files needed. Do you need to store videos? Photos?

    4. Equipment: You should have the equipment you need to complete our assignments. You’ll need to be able to document interviews, take photos and videos, upload your photos, use social media, etc. You know the equipment we provide in the classroom, so be mindful of what you will need so that you can supplement.

    Smart Phones:
    We will incorporate mobile journalism techniques whenever possible into our lessons. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU NEED TO PURCHASE A SMART PHONE.

    Journalism Grading Policy:

    Major Assignment:

    Intermediate Assignment

    Minor Assignment




    Disagree with your grade?

    I am happy to discuss your grade with you. When I pass back an assignment, project or test, please simply write down your concern on a piece of paper, attach it to the assignment and turn it back in. I will review your concern and give you feedback.

    Late Work Policy
    Journalists are expected to make deadlines. Because it’s expected that you will meet all of your deadlines, there should be no late work. In the event that you come to class without your assignment, the following late policy will be enacted:

    Daily Grades:
    I do not take late grades in the publications courses. Journalists don’t miss deadlines.

    Project Grades:
    One day late: starting grade of 50. If it is more than one day late, it will not be accepted and a zero will be entered for the grade. You will have a minimum of two weeks to complete a project. There should be NO late projects.

    Make-up Work: Take Initiative
    For student absences (due to illness or school-related events such as U.I.L. activities or field trips), it will be your responsibility to seek out the assignment(s) missed while you were away. I will not prompt you to take care of this work. YOU are the responsible party. In college, your professors will not ask you to turn in late work – you will have to do it on your own! Let’s prepare for this now. Take initiative and find out what assignments (extra tutoring, etc.) you need to do without having to be asked. If not, your grade might reflect your lack of initiative in a negative way!

    Ethical decision-making
    Journalists make ethical decisions daily. Newspapers have codes of ethics to guide their employees. The SHS Journalism Department is no different – our publications and student journalists will behave, work and communicate in ethical ways.


    ·       The SHS Journalism Department will abide by the SISD Acceptable Use Policy. 

    ·      Journalism Department Internet Policy
    Access to the District's electronic communications system, including the Internet, shall be made available to students primarily for class use.  It is designed for research and information purposes for class assignments.  Inappropriate use includes playing games, watching videos, and updating or communicating on personal web sites for non-educational purposes.  Consequences for violation of this policy could include notification of parents, detention, discipline referral or loss of points on daily grade.

    ·         Tech equipment (computers, camera, etc.) will be used with extreme care. Students are responsible for school cameras if using. (You break, you buy.)

    Computer stations should be kept clean and logged out upon completion of use. The COW (Computers on Wheels) station will be used in our class regularly. Please do not remove chargers and place laptops in their correct "parking spots." To turn in a laptop, you must:

    1. Log out.

    2. Shut down.

    3. Wait for the screen to go black.

    4. Close the laptop.

    5. Park the laptop in it's correct spot.

    6. Plug it in to its coordinating charger.

    ·         Cell phone usage: We will use cell phones, but for only for journalistic purposes.


    ·         Photo manipulation is unacceptable. Fair representation of photo subjects will is required.

    ·          Photography from the SHS Journalism Department (candids taken at school events, games, class portraits, etc.) will not be used for any other purpose other than for school use.  You may not post any photos taken for school use on any social networking sites whatsoever, other than school social media.

    Other Items

    Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will be dealt with according to the SHS Handbook/SISD Code of Conduct.


    “Creating” sources for a story is unacceptable. Stories that you write for our publications will have multiple sources in which you will interview; this is how good stories are developed. Your sources will be authentic and should have a trail of back up – either paper or digital. Stories will be balanced and fair.


    Be honest and fair – I will always be honest and fair with you. Your classmates and I expect the same in return.


    As a student journalist, you must protect and work to strengthen your credibility at all times. Reporting in an ethical manner is a clear path to a strong credibility.

    Other items:

    Photography from the media staff (candids taken at school events, class portraits, etc.) will not be used for any other purpose other than for SHS Media. They should not appear on any social networking site without my express consent.

    Photos will be uploaded daily and categorized properly. Newspaper staff members will be required to upload. Photos should also be placed on the designated server folder.

    Outside time is absolutely required for this course. Expect to work after school, etc. No excuses.

    Staff members may be expected to sell business ads. More information to come.

    Social Media – We will use social media in this course and be mindful of the district and campus social media policies while doing so.



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