The most tangible goal of Journalism class is to produce student publications, a newspaper and a yearbook. Students will first study aspects of journalism: page design, interviewing, writing, selling ads, photography and art. They will learn by following models: analyzing examples of good writing, photography and design, role-playing to practice sales and interviewing. When they are ready to write an article or sell an ad, students will be encouraged to take risks and to think creatively about their target audience. They will also visit local papers and talk to reporters about journalism and its challenges. Through the course of the year, students will become better at managing open-ended projects and meeting deadlines. Students will also become familiar with First Amendment law and how it relates to student writing.