Founded in 1984, duPont Manual High School’s Journalism & Communications Magnet is a unique and exciting high school program that has grown in the last decade to become a model of 21st century learning, challenging students to be innovative, enterprising, creative, and well-versed in media and technology. Students come to J&C with a number of interests and ambitions — most often related to the fields of journalism, broadcasting, photography, graphic design, public relations, business communication, public speaking, politics, and advertising — but these areas of knowledge are applicable to any career or profession. Nationally recognized and awarded, J&C students take exciting and instantly applicable communications-related courses under teachers with professional experience. Students also select AP courses, core content courses and other electives that Manual offers to complete their schedule. The program prides itself on a number of desirable qualities: Students have real world decision-making power as the student press. All students naturally gain confidence when they see their work printed or uploaded, beginning their freshman year. They lead and manage projects and staff members, especially in their junior & senior years in editor and producer positions. Our internship program allows students to engage with the professional world, earning school credit while gaining career experience with businesses and organizations. Students enjoy a close-knit, family-like atmosphere. An emphasis on respect, cooperation, and personal support between students and teachers is a program priority. For example, a summer retreat is held annually for students of publication staffs to learn leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as develop friendships. There are numerous opportunities to travel domestically and internationally each year to conventions (such as the fall 2013 National Scholastic Press Association annual convention in Boston),...Read More
In an eight period block schedule, all magnet students at Manual, including those in J&C, take two courses per year in their magnet program. The other six courses are core content courses and electives from all Manual/YPAS departments. J&C students are integrated into their non-magnet courses with students from MST, HSU, VA, and YPAS. For the most reliable and up-to-date information about course scheduling and graduation requirements for all Manual students, please see the counselors’ scheduling page. Non-J&C magnet students may sometimes enroll in J&C classes by taking prerequisite courses or earning special teacher approval, but some courses are exclusively reserved for J&C magnet students due to limitations with space and equipment. Sample J&C Student Schedules J&C Course Descriptions...Read More
J&C students manage and publish five publications. You can also keep up with Manual news through the Crimson Student Press Network (CSPN) Facebook and Twitter. The Crimson Type of publication: Yearbook (printed) Frequency: Annually Circulation: 1,300 Cost: $60-75 How to get it: Purchase at registration, during periodic sales in the cafeteria, or by going online (use order number 10617 or find by state). Website: http://manualjc.com/yearbook How to join the staff: Take prerequisites through the J&C department and/or become a J-Club member. See Ms. Palmer in room 251 for more information. The Crimson Record Type of publication: Printed newsmagazine Frequency: 8 times a year Circulation: 1,600 Cost: Free How to get it: Delivered to classes and by mail through paid subscriptions How to join the staff: Take prerequisites through the J&C department and/or become a J-Club member. See Ms. Ritchie in room 253 for more information. Manual AM Type of publication: Broadcast news & announcements show Frequency: Daily (announcements) & weekly (news show) Circulation: Entire school Cost: Free How to get it: Make sure your teacher’s classroom TV is turned on at the beginning of first block. You can also watch it online. Website: Hosted on RedEye How to join the staff: Must be a J&C student and must take Oral Comm & Debate as a prerequisite (can be taken concurrently). Manual RedEye Type of publication: School news website Frequency: Daily/weekly updates Circulation: Worldwide (online) Cost: Free How to get it: Go to the website. Website: http://manualredeye.com How to join the staff: Take prerequisites through the J&C department. Mr. Miller (in room 252) may waive prerequisites for students with coding experience. One Blue Wall Type of publication: Printed literary...Read More
All J&C application materials can be found here.
To apply for J&C, you must participate in a 60-minute on-demand writing assessment at Manual High School on one of the following dates:
Sign up for an on-demand writing assessment session here.
NOTE: Students must bring their own paper, writing utensil(s), and some form of photo identification (school ID, TARC ID, state-issued ID, most recent yearbook, etc.).Read More
Our Journalism 1 classes just completed a 20-day study of local TV news stations. Here is the link to the collected data. We’ve also published two examples of media critiques written by 9th grade J&C students — here’s one by Grayson Smith, and here’s one by Morgan Johnson.Read More
J&C students and teachers will be at the 2015 JCPS Showcase of Schools to answer your questions! The event takes place at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Hall 2C on Friday October 16 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday October 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
duPont Manual administrators and counselors will also be present to answer your questions about admissions or anything else.
See you there!Read More
This year’s Ice Cream Social will take place on Thursday, September 3rd at 7 PM in the freshman cafeteria. The Ice Cream Social is an opportunity for parents and 9th graders to meet the J&C teachers, socialize with other J&C students, and learn about upcoming potential trips and opportunities within the magnet.
If you haven’t already, follow the J&C magnet on Twitter @manualjc.Read More
Online versions of the syllabus for all of Mr. Miller’s classes can be found here:Read More
We’re very glad that you’ve decided to apply to Manual’s Journalism & Communication magnet program! All J&C applicants must complete all three of these steps:
Applicants who fail to complete all three of these steps will not be considered for admission!Read More
Students in Mr. Miller’s Journalism 1 and Journalism 2 classes have two opportunities to earn extra credit this six weeks:
1. Attend a screening of A Fragile Trust, the PBS documentary about disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, on Monday, October 13 at 7 PM. This screening is sponsored by the Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
2. Attend a screening and discussion of Southern Patriot at the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library on Tuesday, October 21 at 7 PM.
Click here for more information on both events, including specific instructions on the extra credit assignments.Read More