Fort Dodge Community School District

“Big Dodger” (Yearbook) - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Application and Teacher Approval   ** This is a yearlong commitment.**  - This course provides the opportunity for students to develop creativity, learn and utilize layout and design trends, and participate in the creation and distribution of the school yearbook.  Students will explore layout and design elements, journalism ethics, and marketing strategies. Students will work in an environment which welcomes diversity and increases the scope and depth of coverage in order to heighten mutual understanding and awareness throughout the entire school community. Students will strive for excellence in visual layout coupled with precision in the technical aspects of writing.

JOURNALISM I - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED   - Journalism I is for anyone interested in print and broadcast journalism with a focus on newspapers.  Students will learn how to write many different types of stories and study all aspects of newspaper development.  Students learn interviewing and reporting skills, advertising concepts, publication design and computer layout skills.

“LITTLE DODGER” (JOURNALISM II) - 3 CREDITS - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Journalism I, completion of application and instructor approval prior to sign-up  - Journalism II is a lab course for producing the student’s newspaper, Little Dodger.  All students will report and write on stories, which will appear in the newspaper.  Students may apply for specific production duties, which include:  page editors, ad/business manager, co-editor, etc. This course may be taken for additional credit; however only two credits will count toward the District English graduation requirement. Students are encouraged to take all three trimesters to serve on staff all year, but are not required. Students may also pursue an independent study option if necessary.

VIDEO PRODUCTION - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of one semester of Technology Applications  - Students will learn advanced audio and video editing techniques and skills by planning, researching and creating projects utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro software.  Topics covered will include shooting techniques, integration of audio, lighting, storyboarding and camera operation.  In addition, interviewing techniques and script writing may be taught.  Students must be ambitious, inquisitive, possess problem-solving skills and work well with others.

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