Course Descriptions

J&C Course Descriptions – updated February 2017

Broadcast Journalism I & II
Listed as Broadcast Journalism 3, 42331411, Broadcast Journalism 4, 42341411
The basics of video editing and broadcast journalism are introduced in this class. Students will produce news stories to be aired on Manual’s daily TV show CSPN-TV using digital video cameras and Adobe Premiere Pro editing software. Prerequisites: Journalism 1, Journalism 2 (can be concurrently enrolled), Media Arts OR Oral Communication and Debate (can be concurrently enrolled).

Creative Writing, Introduction
Prerequisite(s): None
Grade Level: 10-12
This class is designed for determined writers, to develop experience and increase range of multi-genre writing, with the ultimate objective of building a creative writing portfolio with which to eventually enter writing contests. The creative writer will explore the realm of writing for the aesthetic purpose of creating pieces of fiction, narrative non-fiction, monologues/plays, and poetry in many forms.  Students explore writing in different environments, from personal perspectives, and character perspectives based on various prompts. Students work as part of teams to work through the various steps of the writing process with the intent of publishing. Participation in bi-annual literary night/open mic/poetry slam events; entry in a minimum of one writing/photography/art contest outside of our school’s publication is required. If you are a junior or senior, this course can be taken for Dual Credit with University of Louisville. Dual credit students have additional requirements. Must meet ACT requirement for University of Louisville to qualify.

Creative Writing, Advanced/One Blue Wall
Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Creative Writing I
Must apply to the staff or gain special permission of instructor.
Grade Level: 11-12
One Blue Wall is designed as a continuation of the Intro class to further the skill of the writer. In addition, members of this class will work to develop experience within their position on the publication staff, with the ultimate objective of building and publishing the literary magazine, One Blue Wall. The creative writer will explore the realm of writing for the aesthetic purpose of creating pieces of fiction, narrative non-fiction, monologues/plays, and poetry in many forms.  Students explore writing in different environments, from personal perspectives, and character perspectives based on various prompts. Students work as part of a team to conceptualize, develop, and bring to finalization the magazine itself. This course is designed to give students more of a hands-on approach to working together, using advanced communication skills to masterfully put together various pieces of writing and art to a cohesive whole. Participation in bi-annual literary night/open mic/poetry slam events; entry in a minimum of one writing/photography/art contest; ensuring the completion of at least one issue per annum of the literary magazine, One Blue Wall, with responsibilities including, but not limited to submissions of writing, art, photography, design, and management of the final publication. Outside of class work time is required, in addition to time spent on homework, 2-10 hours per week, regularly, with more input of time towards final publication date. If you are a junior or senior, this course can be taken for Dual Credit with University of Louisville. Dual credit students have additional requirements. Must meet ACT requirement for University of Louisville to qualify.

Digital Design
Listed as Eng Graph Arts/Desktop, 42338011
Required for all J&C 9th graders
Students will learn the elements and principles of design and learn to apply them using various software tools, including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Students will practice headline and caption writing and learn advertising strategies. This course prepares students for software and design work used in upper-level J&C courses such as Advanced Design, Intro to Multimedia, Photojournalism, and all five staff publications. Prerequisites: None. Availability: This is a requirement for freshman J&C students. Open to other magnets as space permits.

 

Digital Design Assistant
Listed as Eng Graph Arts/Desktop, 42338011
Grade level: 10-12
This role is limited to 2-4 students to serve as assistant teachers during Red 2/White 2 Digital Design. Assistants participate in critiques, refresh their design skills, advise freshmen in the creative process, assist with photography, and serve as a mentor to J&C freshmen. Occasionally these students will take on design projects as needed. Students may use “down time” to work on design projects for any staff publication.  Prerequisite: Digital Design.

Digital Design (Advanced)
Listed as #45834841 (course title TBA)
Prerequisite: Digital Design
Grade level: 10-12
As a continuation of the skills and concepts introduced in Digital Design, Advanced Digital Design will tackle higher level projects, expanding student repertoire of design knowledge and skill in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. This class will introduce web and product design, while continuing to focus on print design. The class will be helpful for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge in design but it will be especially relevant for students focused on design in J&C staff publications or as a career.  Prerequisite: Digital Design.

Editorial Leadership
Journalism 4, 42343111
Description: Taking students beyond the day-to-day responsibilities of publishing and producing, the course offers support to student publication leaders while emphasizing the skills necessary to be successful editors. The students will develop knowledge in interpersonal skills, newsroom management, oral and written communication, issues of etiquette, responsible reporting and journalism ethics, critical thinking, and advanced problem solving. Students may roleplay management scenarios, read selected texts on editorship and leadership, schedule regular advising appointments with the teacher, develop a plan to address individual areas of growth, and participate in regular guided small group discussion to seek resolution to the complex problems that arise with their staffs. Most periods will offer periods of staff work time to complete publication deadlines. Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment required in Yearbook, Broadcast, Newspaper, Multimedia, or Creative Writing, along with an editorial or managerial position and permission from the course instructor.

Film Studies
Listed as Film Study, 42336012
Students will learn the methods of viewing a film critically while fostering an ability to appreciate and analyze various films from different eras and genres. Formal, Critical and Theoretical Analyzes will be conducted alongside a study of the history of film and film in history.  While the course will focus primarily on American film, students will encounter films from other cultures, namely European. Students will analyze films, review them with a critical eye, and write extensively about the films they watch, compare films from different cultures, eras, and genres. Also students will engage in regular Socratic-style discussion with other class members on a regular basis. Prerequisites: None. Availability: Open to juniors and seniors from all magnets.

Great Books (#42343011)
Prerequisite(s): None
Grade Level: 11 & 12
Based on the Great Books Foundation vision of book discussion groups in which passionate readers could meet and talk about enduring issues and ideas, the course explores a wide variety of genres using a focused theme.  The class reads closely the selection presented then discusses them through the Shared Inquiry method.  Students will learn to develop interpretive questions, discuss, debate, and share what they find in their readings.  The course also requires analytical writing and projects based on texts.  Texts often range from classical literature, historic documents and philosophical texts to contemporary literary works.  Note: Elective course.

Intro to Media Arts
Listed as Multimedia Publishing, 45027442
The goal of this course is to cultivate critical control of media production: the pre-production, production, and post-production elements of audio and film gathering and collecting will be the primary concern of instruction.  This is a storytelling class that uses various forms of media to do so.  Technical training with professional level editing programs will be supplemented with an emphasis on media studies and critical thinking.

Journalism I: Intro to Journalism & Communication
Listed as Journalism 1, 42313111
This course provides an overview of the mass communications field with an emphasis on journalism and news media. The course examines the various forms of mass media, advertising/public relations, journalism ethics, the mass media’s influence on society, and relevant legal issues, among many other topics. Prerequisites: None. Availability: This is a requirement for freshman J&C students. Open to other magnets as space permits.

Journalism II: Journalistic Writing
Listed as Journalism 2, 42323111
This course is a prerequisite for yearbook, newspaper, multimedia, and broadcasting. It may be taken concurrently with those classes. Students learn how to write news, features, and editorials. They also learn how to develop a sense of what is newsworthy, an understanding of journalism ethics and the responsibilities of journalists and the publications and news outlets for which they write. Students also learn copy editing and broadcast writing skills. Prerequisite: Journalism 1/Intro to Mass Communications. Availability: This is a requirement for sophomore J&C students. Open to other magnets as space permits.

Manual Public Relations Team
Listed as ENG INTERN SR SEM/42333911
Under the direction of Assistant Principal Greg Kuhn and supervision/guidance of Ms. Palmer, a small team of skilled and reliable sophomores, juniors and seniors will run Manual’s social media and print The Legacy, an eight-page mini-magazine promoting the successes of Manual alumni. The students must be proactive and able to self-start. They will work semi-independently under Ms. Palmer’s guidance as PR interns, enrolling in the Media Internship course. We only plan to accept 5-8 applicants, therefore you must have a solid back-up choice for course enrollment.

Manual RedEye (Online Journalism)
Listed as Wrt Comp/Dktp Pub, 42327111
Students will get hands-on experience in reporting and producing stories for the twenty-first century media environment. Students write and adapt stories for an online audience at manualredeye.com using non-linear storytelling methods, utilizing professional multimedia software. Projects and activities will include blogging, audio slideshows, podcasting, and assembling video, audio, still pictures, text, and graphics together in complete multimedia packages for web publishing. Students must go through an application and interview procedure, and once accepted, will be invited or will apply for various staff positions. Prerequisites: Intro to Multimedia, Journalism II (can be concurrently enrolled), or approval of adviser. Availability: Open to sophomore level and higher. Upperclass J&C students have priority. In particular, students with computer programming/web development experience for webmaster and technical support positions can bypass prerequisites with adviser approval.

Media Internship
Listed as ENG INTERN SR SEM/42333911
The Media Internship is an opportunity for students to practice their skills in the outside world, earning class credit for real résumé-building work experience. Students skilled in writing, videography/multimedia, graphic design, oral and written communication, and/or photography will be paired with appropriate local organizations and businesses. Students are monitored by a site supervisor and are evaluated by both the supervisor and teacher. The adviser performs occasional site visits to observe the student in the work environment. Each internship begins with a meeting with the employer, the adviser, and the student, to determine responsibilities and evaluative methods. Over the course of the internship, students build professional work portfolios that document their experiences. There is no expectation of payment for an internship. This course is open to J&C juniors and seniors only with approval from Ms. Palmer.

Newsmagazine I, II, & III
Listed as Journalism 3, 42333111
Students in this course will produce the award-winning city youth newsmagazine, On the Record. Production requires students be responsible for all aspects of the magazine, including interviewing, writing copy, taking photos, selling advertising, designing layout, and performing public relations and marketing duties. After-school time is required on Wednesday worknights. Students must go through an application and interview procedure, and once accepted, will be invited or will apply for various staff positions. Prerequisites: Digital Design, Journalism 2 (can be concurrently enrolled). Qualifying experience may be substituted for prerequisites at Ms. Palmer’s discretion. Must be sophomore level or above.

Oral Communication/Debate
Listed as Oral Comm/Debate, 42351311
Students will learn the fundamentals of public speaking, create and perform several different kinds of speeches, and become versed in persuasive speaking and debating. Prerequisites: None. Availability: J&C students have first priority; open to all magnets as space permits.

Photojournalism I and II
Listed as Photojournalism, 42350511
This course focuses on learning how to shoot with single lens reflex (SLR) digital cameras, learning composition and how to use the camera’s creative modes (manipulating shutter speed, ISO, and aperture). Using Canon Rebel SLRs and an array of lenses, students shoot sports, news, feature, and portraiture photography. Students will be required to work outside of class time and their work could be featured in the yearbook, newspaper, and the online student publication. Second year students focus on independent photography projects. Having your own SLR camera is a plus but not required. Up to eight students will intern with the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. Prerequisites: Must take Photojournalism 1 before taking Photojournalism 2. Students must have Ms. Mattingly’s approval before signing up for Photojournalism 2. Availability: Reserved for J&C magnet juniors and seniors with staff positions. Class size is limited.

Yearbook I, II and III
Listed as Yearbook, 42320711; Yearbook 2, 45837441; and Yearbook 3, 45837541
Yearbook is both an elective course and extracurricular activity for high achieving, self-motivated students who seek to continue the yearbook’s national award-winning achievements. Students must go through an application and interview procedure, and once accepted, they can apply for a variety of positions from business manager to editor-in-chief. It operates as a real business that gives students practical experience in print media and marketing. Students compose, construct, and edit all elements of the book, including writing copy, taking photos, and designing pages. In addition, students perform clerical operations, sell advertising, conduct interviews, and poll students. Extensive after-school time is required from each student; the minimum is four hours a week after school on Wednesdays. Students attend a summer retreat and bootcamp, as well as summer planning meetings. Prerequisites: Desktop Publishing, Journalism 2 (can be concurrently enrolled). Availability: J&C students only. Exceptions can be made for people with qualifying experience on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the adviser.