Media Course List

CG Media Course List

**Honors Option
Students have the option of an honors track in all media courses. Stu-dents will receive more detailed information in each class about the honors option at the beginning of each semester.


COURSE: Media I – Introduction to Digital Media

GRADE LEVEL(S): Sophomore, Junior
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1
Media I is an introduction to the subject of scholastic journalism with an emphasis on learning and practicing the skills necessary for success in all school digital media and publications courses (newspaper, photojournalism, digital video and yearbook). This course is designed for students interested in any media-related field, including journalism, marketing, advertising, etc. Skill areas emphasized are: basic news writing for web and print publication; proper social media usage, including Twitter and Facebook; basic digital photography, including proper use of school-provided Nikon DSLR cameras; basic desktop and online publishing, using Yearbook Avenue, Adobe InDesign and the Gibbons website.Students will practice these skills by covering school events, such as athletic games, arts performances, all-school Masses, etc. Some non-class time (lunch, study hall, after-school, etc.) will be necessary for success in this course. Media I is a prerequisite for Newspaper I and Yearbook I.

COURSE: Newspaper I – Newspaper Production
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior, Senior
PREREQUISITES: Media I and newspaper teacher’s approval or significant media involvement and newspaper teacher’s approval. CREDIT: 1
Newspaper I is a production class focusing on learning and developing the skills necessary for the creation and publication of the student newspaper The Crusader, both in print and online. Individual initiative and personal responsibility will be stressed while students practice their journalism skills in a small group-oriented, business-like environment in which teamwork and cooperation are essential for success. Skill areas emphasized are: writing for the various journalistic styles, for web and print, including opinion, news feature and review writing; optimizing social media use, including Twitter and Facebook; newspaper design, for web and print, using Adobe InDesign and the Gibbons website; basic photojournalism, using school-provided Nikon DSLR cameras. Students will practice these skills by covering school events, such as athletic games, arts performances, all-school Masses, etc. This course is designed for the serious and dedicated media student and will require significant non-class time (lunch, study hall, after-school, etc.) for maximum success. Newspaper I is a prerequisite for Newspaper II


COURSE: Newspaper II – Advanced Newspaper Production
GRADE LEVEL(S): Senior (Junior, only with special permission)
PREREQUISITES: Newspaper I and newspaper teacher’s approval or significant media involvement and newspaper teacher’s approval.
CREDIT: 1
Newspaper II is a production class focusing on developing students’ leadership abilities, which will be necessary for the publication of the student newspaper The Crusader, both in print and online. Students in Newspaper II form the executive board and provide editorial con-trol and direction for The Crusader. All students in Newspaper II will be expected to model leadership and appropriate behavior to younger media staff members. Students will also further develop skills learned in Newspaper I, including: practicing advanced journalistic writing skills; providing con-trol and strategy for newspaper social media use, including Twitter and Facebook; planning and executing advanced newspaper design, for web and print; practicing advanced photojournalism techniques. Students will practice these skills by covering school events, such as athletic games, arts performances, all-school Masses, etc. This course is designed for the most serious and dedicated media students and will require significant non-class time (lunch, study hall, after-school, etc.) for maximum success.

COURSE: Photojournalism I – Basic Digital Photography
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior, Senior
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1
Photojournalism I is an introduction to the subject of photojournalism with an emphasis on practicing digital photography through the coverage of school events. This course is designed for students interested in learning about digital photography through practical experience. No experience with cameras or photography is required for success in this course. The goal of this course is to publish the best student photos in all Gibbons media and publications (newspaper, digital video, yearbook, the Gibbons website, etc.), in print and online, and students will collaborate closely with students in newspaper and yearbook, in particular. Topics to be covered are: digital camera basics, including proper care and use of school-provided Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses; basic digital photography, including application of ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, etc.; basic photo editing software, including Microsoft Picture Manager and Adobe Photoshop; use of photo storage and publishing software, including Microsoft PowerPoint and online publishing tools, including the Gibbons website.
Students will practice their photography skills by covering school events, such as athletic games, arts performances, all-school Masses, etc. Some non-class time (lunch, study hall, after-school, etc.) will be necessary for success in this course. Photojournalism I is a prerequisite for Photojournalism II.


COURSE: Photojournalism II – Advanced Digital Photography
GRADE LEVEL(S): Senior (Junior, only with special permission)
PREREQUISITE: Photojournalism I or significant media involvement and media teacher’s approval.
CREDIT: 1
Photojournalism II builds on the foundation of Photojournalism I, emphasizing the use of advanced equipment and techniques to deliver superior quality images. This course is designed for students with a serious interest in photojournalism and/or those who wish to hone their digital photography skills through the practical application of covering school events. Topics to be covered are: advanced digital camera operations and equipment, including proper care and use of advanced, school-provid-ed Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses; advanced digital photography topics, including use of various peripherals; advanced use of photo editing software, including Microsoft Picture Manager and Adobe Photoshop; use of photo storage and publishing software, including Microsoft PowerPoint and online publishing tools, including the Gib-bons website. Students will practice their photography skills by covering school events, such as athletic games, arts performances, all-school Masses, etc. Significant non-class time (lunch, study hall, after-school, etc.) will be necessary for success in this course.

COURSE: Yearbook I
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior, Senior
PREREQUISITE: Media I and yearbook teacher’s approval or application and yearbook teacher’s approval.
CREDIT: 1
Yearbook I is a production class focusing on learning and developing the skills necessary for the creation and publication of The Landmark yearbook. Yearbook students collaborate with each other and other media students to cover all the memorable Gibbons events through-out the year. Yearbook students also create and develop a unique yearbook theme, culminating in the publication of the yearbook and the yearbook supplement each year.
Skill areas emphasized are: basic interviewing; basic news writing; basic yearbook design, using Yearbook Avenue; basic digital photography and basic photojournalism, using school-provided Nikon DSLR cameras.
Students will practice these skills by covering school events, such as athletic games, arts performances, all-school Masses, etc. This course is designed for the serious and dedicated student and will require significant non-class time (lunch, study hall, after-school, etc.) for maximum success. Yearbook I is a prerequisite for Yearbook II.


COURSE: Yearbook II
GRADE LEVEL(S): Senior
PRE-REQUISITE: Yearbook I and yearbook teacher’s approval or significant media involvement and yearbook teacher’s approval
CREDIT: 1
Yearbook II is a production class focusing on developing students’ leadership abilities, which will be necessary for the publication of The Landmark yearbook. Yearbook students collaborate with each other and other media students to cover all the memorable Gibbons events throughout the year. Students in Yearbook II will be assigned leadership roles such as Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Layout Editor and Section Editor and together will provide editorial control and direction for The Landmark. All students in Yearbook II will be expected to model leadership and appropriate behavior to younger media staff members. Students will also further develop skills learned in Yearbook I, including: practicing advanced interviewing skills; providing leadership in yearbook planning, especially theme and ladder (page content) plan-ning; planning and executing advanced, original yearbook designs; practicing advanced photojournalism techniques to ensure great photos for the yearbook.Students will practice these skills by covering school events, such as athletic games, arts performances, all-school Masses, etc. This course is designed for the most serious and dedicated media students and will require significant non-class time (lunch, study hall, after-school, etc.) for maximum success.


COURSE: Creative Video I
GRADE LEVEL(S): All
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1
Creative Video: is a yearlong project-based curriculum that develops career and communication skills in digital video production, using various digital video tools. Creative Video curriculum develops four key skill areas: Project management and collaboration, Design, Research and communication, and Professional video production. Students engage in skills to learn storytelling, capturing and editing video and audio, and finalizing content for DVD, web, or digital videotape. Students gain experience through real-world projects that help them understand roles and processes across a broad range of careers involving digital video. Students are required to participate in events occurring after school and on weekends. Students will be able to attend a two day camp during the summer to gain experience with equipment.


COURSE: Creative Video II

GRADE LEVEL(S): Sophomore, Junior, Senior
PREREQUISITE: Creative Video I
CREDIT: 1
Creative Video II: is a yearlong, project-based curriculum that develops career and communication skills in digital video production, using various digital video tools. Students will expand on the various skills obtained during Creative Video I and learn new tools to use in producing various projects. These skills will include preproduction, production and postproduction of various projects. Collaboration will occur between Drama and Journalism classes during the school year to produce movies, broadcasts and other projects. Students are required to participate in events occurring after school and on week-ends. A two day camp will be held during the summer to prepare students for the school year.

COURSE: Creative Video III
GRADE LEVEL(S): Sophomore, Junior, Senior
PRE-REQUISITE: Creative Video I and II
CREDIT: 1

Students must have taken Creative Video I and II to enter this course. It will be taught concurrently with Creative Video I and II. Students will produce various events. Projects will include video proj-ects for various departments at school. Creative Video III students will also learn advance software capabilities.