J&B 1 — Students will (1) write basic news stories with good leads, information enough for 40 lines that follow inverted pyramid, with two quotes that support the information; (2) write special news stories, features, sports, and editorials; (3) copyedit articles, create layouts, and take photographs; (4) initiate a cooperative relationship with the Oneida newspaper by writing sports articles for publication; (5) produce an engaging broadcast by learning skills such as researching, questioning, interviewing, filming, editing, etc.

    J&B 2 — Students will (1) write advanced news stories and broadcasting scripts; (2) practice advanced interviewing techniques for all types of newspaper and broadcasting tasks; (3) take complimentary photographs/video; hone editing skills of photos/videos; (4) provide deadline schedules and peer copyediting; (5) take responsibility for laying out print issues, seek administrative approval before publishing; post on-line issues; distribution; (6) research broadcast topics, schedule broadcast events; show both sides of issues; conduct live interviews; complete advanced filming and voiceovers; edit broadcast assignments before airing; develop camera presence with good eye contact and speaking; (7) negotiate with local television to occasionally air a student broadcast feature.

    All lessons in J&B 1 and 2 will incorporate components of the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards to assist students with reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking. Students and/or parents may be asked to join a class REMIND account.


    ASSESSMENTS: Complete all quizzes and tests in blue or black ink. Any talking during a quiz or test results in an automatic zero. There is a zero-tolerance policy on cheating. Some assessments may be administered online. Missed assessments must be made up promptly (see Student Handbook); making necessary arrangements is the student’s responsibility.


    PROCEDURES & ATTENDANCE: Remove hats when entering the classroom. Be attentive and courteous. Heads resting on desks are NOT permitted. Limit bathroom privileges to emergency situations. Attendance is extremely important, and very thorough notes must be taken.  When absent, it is each student’s responsibility to obtain missed work and notes and to be prepared for class or test upon return. Line up a “buddy” to contact for missed assignments and notes. As assignments are posted in Google Classroom it is the student’s responsibility to check regularly. Extra help is available during our free periods by appointment during office hours, free periods, and every day from 2:30 to 3:00. Students who arrive late to class more than three times without a pass (or with pink entrance passes first period) should expect a phone call home to parents.


    GRADING POLICY: Grades will consist of tests, writing assignments, projects, quizzes, bell ringers, verbal presentations, and participation.  Grades are calculated on a point system.  Each assignment given is worth a certain amount of points.  For example, an assignment like an investigative article may be worth 100 points, while a small class assignment may be worth 20 points.  At the end of the marking period, grades are calculated by adding up the number of points earned and dividing by the number of points possible. Standards-Based Grading practices will be incorporated to focus on student learning and provide grades based on demonstration of student understanding of specific concepts and NYS learning standards.


    Quiz:  18/20

    Test:   70/80                                                                                                   

    Project:  82/100

    Average = 18+70+82      =       170      =       85%

                     20+80+100              200






    Large book cover (to keep our new books nice)


    Blue or black INK pen (All tests must be taken in ink pen!)

    1 pkg.

    Lined, loose-leaf notebook paper (NOT spiral)