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Journalism / Hawkeye

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Journalism (Hawkeye) - Through this course you will develop the skills needed to write effectively in a variety of nonfiction styles – namely journalistic and technical writing. You’ll also develop an understanding of the writing and information gathering process. While this course focuses on print and online journalism and technical writing, the styles and approaches emphasized here will serve you well no matter what field or course of study you pursue. Most of your work must be done on computers, therefore it is essential that you type well and effectively use a word processor. Your goal is to produce copy that is ready for publication (informative, well organized, error-free, etc.) under strict deadlines, with all the expectations and pressures of an actual newsroom or technical writing environment. It is also designed to prepare you for the writing demands of other writing courses and your post-high school plans. Once you have mastered the basics of the course, you are encouraged to specialize in one or two areas of study and move on to Advanced Journalism or Publication Management.
 Top 5 Reasons
to choose this elective
You're passionate about the news.
You love writing, reporting, interviewing, editing and publishing.
You want to be part of a real news gathering and reporting team.
You like working with a diverse group of people at school and in the community.
You believe strongly in the First Amendment, and a free and responsible student press.
Whats Buzz 
The journalism program at Mountlake Terrace High School and the Hawkeye newspaper and website are among thefinest in the country. The publications, website and individual student staff members have earned hundreds of awards and scholarships, and dozens of alumni are employed in the news media or related industries. 


Career Opportunities
Print/Online Journalism



Web/Digital Media Management




CTE Program of Study
Journalism and Publishing
Related Courses  Journalism, Advanced Journalism, Publication Management
Who Can Register? 
  • Journalism = Anyone w/instructor's signature
  • Advanced Journalism = Successfully complete Journalism &/or instructor's permission 
  • Publication Management = Successfully complete Advanced Journalism &/or instructor's permission

Syllabus Example   Journalism
Special Opportunities  - Hawkeye staff members are eligible to attend regional, state and national journalism conventions. The program has its own exclusive scholarship program. Numerous connections to community resources and local media professionals occur throughout the year. Leadership opportunities are numerous. We are an official partner with MLTNews.com and offer an exclusive internship opportunity for community-based digital journalism.
Other Resources & Information
  • Journalism is listed as ENG518/519, Advanced Journalism is listed as ENG520/521, and Publication Management/Hawkeye is listed as ENG528/529 in your registration materials - click here for Registration page
  • Publication Management/Hawkeye is offered as a 7th period class during the 2014-15 school year.
  • Please see the Hawkeye's website for more information: www.thehawkeye.org
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