Our school is located in a rural coastal community where about 1/3 of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Our area was heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence in September of 2018. Students missed several days of school. Many students and staff are currently displaced while their homes are being repaired.
Our building serves about 669 6th, 7th, and 8th graders total.
Middle school students are a lot of fun to work with as they are turning into young adults, exploring their interest and trying to find their own identities.
Every minute over 300 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube, with over 30 million people visiting the website daily. This is how our world receives its information and news today.
If we are going to teach our children to be responsible and skilled media creators, not just consumers, we need to provide them with the same tools and opportunities that modern content creators are using in our increasingly fast-paced and media-rich world.
This school year students can elect to take a journalism class focusing on the basics of journalism and the technical skills to generate, edit, and publish video and digital news pieces. This news program will have a modern platform mirroring how YouTube and Buzzfeed content creators have changed how people get their news. Although this program will have the typical middle school sports and events features, the class is intended to go beyond the average daily announcements. Students will be blogging about world events, community heroes, and doing investigative news about the topics that interest them.
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