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Web: Multimedia assignment

ASSIGNMENT: In groups you will create videos that include the use of video, still photography, interview and music.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Your group will be responsible for all of your video’s content including photographs, audio, video, etc. You will act as your own videographers, editors, producers, with your web editor overseeing your work and giving feedback on your storyboards. You are responsible for meeting all deadlines that the web editor chooses to assign.

TOPICS: May range from fun to serious, but must have a school-related angle. You may focus on a single individual, a group, or an event. An angle and purpose must be clearly established by the content of your video.

GRADING: Each multimedia group will be graded as a whole on the following:

  • Concept
  • Organization
  • A-roll
  • B-roll

Print: Centerfold Assignment

Creating a Spotlight Page

ASSIGNMENT: In groups you will work to design, write and create a centerfold on a topic of your choice.

Each Spotlight page must contain:

  • Article
  • Image
  • Infographic

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Your group will be responsible for all of your page’s content including photographs, infographics, surveys, cartoons, copy, etc. Your editor will oversee your work, and guide you along the way. (S)he will edit all written articles. You are responsible for meeting all regular deadlines; every layout, rough draft and final draft deadline still apply to spotlight.

TOPICS: May range from fun to serious, but must have a school-related angle. Before settling on a topic, make sure it’s something that students do care about, should care about or need to know about, and that there is a way for you to include the student body in your content (through quotes, polls, surveys, photos, etc).

GRADING: Each centerfold group will be graded as a whole on the following:

  • Design
  • Creativity
  • Coverage

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Highlights Syllabus

Highlights Syllabus

Newspaper: Highlights

2011 marked a transitory year for the journalism program at Beverly Hills High School. Two advisers, Gaby Herbst and Katie Murray, were set to lead the department together.

Both co-taught the Beginning Journalism and Advanced Journalism classes.  In addition, Herbst taught ROP Desktop Publishing in which she and nine students launched the newspaper’s first website.

This was the first time that the newspaper had more than one adviser, and while rocky at times, it proved to be beneficial for the publication.  The print and web editions of the paper were rated First Class by the NSPA, and the print edition received a Pacemaker Award. At the fall National High School Journalism Convention in Minneapolis, MN, the paper received seventh place in Best of Show.

The two continued to advise together the following year, and the print edition of the paper ended the school year with a rating of All-American from the National Scholastic Press Association, while the website received eighth place in Best of Show at the Fall Convention in San Antonio, TX.

2013, however, marked the end of the partnership.  Herbst currently teaches both Beginning Journalism and Advanced Journalism by herself, in addition to advising Yearbook.