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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Inside Look at Galileo’s Journalism Class


Galileo Academy’s Journalism class is unlike any class here on campus. What separates Journalism from other classes is their unorthodox methods of getting the work done. Journalism class is able to create and distribute the articles you read on a weekly basis through the extensive use of computer carts, the ability to roam the halls, and the help from Yearbook class.

Although most classes here at Galileo have access to the various computer carts for special projects, Journalism is one of the few classes that use it on a daily basis. With the computers, the students type up, edit, and finalize changes on their articles. In addition, with access to Adobe Photoshop, students are given the opportunity to create and include images that would go along with their individual stories. What distinguishes a Journalism student is his or her ability to combine both effective documentation with unique vibrant images. Senior Chris Tsang mentions, “the computers allow us to be able to edit at a moment’s notice and be able to create our own images to go along with the stories.”

Another distinct component of Journalism class is their active cooperation with another class, Yearbook, in creating their content. The two platforms work to help each other in numerous ways that benefits both parties. In regards to this cooperation, Isabel Warren says, “Whenever I have questions, it’s reassuring that I know that further help is just up a flight of stairs.” Through a transaction of both resources and opportunities, both classes build each other up. For example, if a Journalism student needed photos when writing about a specific event, he or she could go upstairs to Yearbook and request photos that they took. This works the other way around where if a Yearbook student had some photos that he or she believed would be a noteworthy story, a Journalism student could be advised or requested to make it happen.

Finally, the most unique aspect of Journalism class is the freedom that is given to each student. Every student is presented with the privilege to venture outside the classroom during class. A major component of journalism is the incorporation of an outside voice, which takes the form of quotes and comments from the public. This helps change a dull documentative writing into a more personal article with more depth. To acquire them, journalists are allowed a specific time interval to leave the classroom during the period and go conduct interviews. They interview students, teachers, and administrators to gain a more involved perspective of the articles written. According to Sabri Kuc, the ability to go interview others and gather information “gives [me] a certain freedom to be able to create a good story.”

When asked how this classroom atmosphere benefits students as a whole, Mr. Lee, the Journalism teacher, highlights how “it [the class] simulates real world situations where students are more responsible for their pace, which encourages them to better manage their time.”

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