In Journalism, you will learn more than just how to write well in a journalistic style. You will also learn how to work as a team to publish a real newspaper with real deadlines, which requires development of leadership and collaboration skills. You will build on the academic skills you’ve learned in regular English classes regarding critical thinking and formal writing. Research shows that journalism students score higher on writing tests, mainly because they write more and practice writing in different styles and formats.
You will learn leadership skills by taking ownership for all aspects of the Pony Express, including research, writing, editing, photography, design, production, and business. You will learn how to use publishing software to layout pages for production. You will study legal/ethical issues, consider the current state of journalism as it relates to a free society, and explore the future of online journalism.
Perhaps most importantly, you will make a contribution to NUSD’s only student-run newspaper and share in our vision: to provide a student voice that informs, challenges, entertains, encourages dialogue, and reflects the entire student population at San Marin.
About Creative Writing
In Creative Writing at San Marin, you will learn various skills and techniques creative writers use to develop a sustainable practice of writing in the contemporary field. As a community, we will learn a great deal about each other by writing across various modalities creatively, describing how our writing works and what it does. We will concentrate on language and style, practicing and experimenting. We will draft, develop and polish texts with form and purpose.
In addition to this, you will develop other valuable skills contemporary writers use to turn the habit of writing into a professional practice. This involves generating new work, practicing critical reading and written responses, learning to blog or develop an online presence. You will be asked to perform work on the page and aloud, submitting work for publication, and sharing critical responses to texts.