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HOW TO APPLY FOR STAFF

Staff applications for the 2019-2020 school year are out now! Click here or come into Room C145 and ask for an application! Make sure you have done one of the prerequisites! (either Yearbook 1 or Visual Journalism 1)

Prerequisites

Yearbook 1&2

Students enrolled in the prerequisite Yearbook 1-2 class will learn the foundational information and skill-set necessary for a successful transition onto the Pinnacle yearbook staff (Student Publications/Yearbook/Pinnacle Staff). Emphasis will be on in-depth feature and news reporting, media law, and visual storytelling, including photography, design, typography and graphic representation of facts. Students in Yearbook 1-2 will understand and practice all of the elements necessary to succeed on the Pinnacle yearbook staff. Following completion of this course, there is an application process for admission to Pinnacle yearbook staff. For students who do not choose to pursue staff involvement, this remains a valuable elective that provides for media literacy education and a foundation in many transferrable skills, such as interpersonal communication, writing and editing, self-motivation and the ability to meet deadlines, that will be valuable elsewhere. This course is recommended for anyone with an interest in journalism and/or media production.

VISUAL JOURNALISM 1&2

Students enrolled in Visual Journalism 1 will have the opportunity to explore the field of journalism from a visual perspective. Students will shoot photos, design graphics packages and pages, explore color theory and design techniques, and learn about the impact of visuals on all forms of media coverage. Further, they will utilize programs like Bridge, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Students will look at and practice the visual modes of news coverage as they range from print to web media, including the laws and ethics behind media coverage decisions. Students are encouraged to have their own digital cameras, but school-provided cameras will be available for use with a parent-signed equipment liability waiver.

As a continuation to the Visual Journalism 1 course, students enrolled in Visual Journalism 2 this class will have the opportunity to further expand their practice and understanding of the visual aspects of journalism, including photography, design, typography, color theory, etc. Students will continue to master their photojournalism and design skills, which will culminate in the form of a personal web-based portfolio of their own work and analyses of professional work. Students will utilize programs like Bridge, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Students will look at and practice the visual modes of news coverage as they range from print to web media, including the laws and ethics behind media coverage decisions. Students are encouraged to have their own digital cameras, but school-provided cameras will be available for use with a parent-signed equipment liability waiver.

 

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