Course Description

Through an investigation of journalism and modern media, students will develop their skills in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning, and analysis. We will analyze message design and purpose and how we as media consumers approach and experience what we read, see, and here in the media. Students will become more informed, aware, and intelligent consumers of media and messages they encounter daily.

Students will also design, develop, and distribute their own media for specific purposes and audiences of their choosing. Examples of media to be produced include an electronic class newspaper, infographics, promotional and informational videos, and public service announcements. Please see the schedule for projects and dates.


This class uses a series titled High Five published by the Amerian Press Institute. (See Students do not need to download or purchase anything for this course. The teacher will provide the lessons from the textbook.

The course will also use multiple examples of media, including news stories, advertisements, public service announcements, and other examples of content from different media.

Teacher Contact Information

Instructor: Daniel Roggenkamp
Room: 204
Phone: DSN: 226-4377

You are responsible for maintaining copies of all the work you complete for this course. You can maintain either a digital or hard-copy portfolio. If you choose to keep a digital portfolio, it needs to be well organized and easily navigable. In short, you are are responsible for keeping your work in order and available until all final semester grades are in.

Grading Policy

The weighted categories for grading are:

  • 80% Deliverables. This includes all papers, projects, tests, and performance tasks assigned. On the schedule, deliverables and tests are indicated by blue font. Work submitted late will lose 20% initially, then 10% for each week late after 24 hours. So, if a project is turned in 8 days late, it would lose 30%. Unless noted, all work needs to be typed and printed. For digital work that cannot be printed (i.e., video, multimedia), the teacher will instruct the class how to deliver their work.

  • 10% Participation. Students will receive at least one grade during the quarter reflecting their performance in class. Click here for rubric.

  • 10% Credit / No credit activities. On the schedule, credit / no-credit activities are indicated by purple font.

Classroom Management and Discipline

Students will get two warnings for inappropriate behavior. On the third occurrence, the teacher will contact the parents or guardians to discuss possible solutions. If the behavior continues, the teacher will contact the counselor and principal and the student may face detention or other disciplinary action.


If a student is found to have committed plagiarism, they will receive a 0 for the activity, and the teacher will contact the counselor and parents or guardians. The student may be given the opportunity to redo the work depending on the circumstances of the plagiarism (i.e., whether it appears intentional or unintentional, or whether it is a first offense.)