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Master of Science (MS)




This study looks at the subject of high school journalism. A course that will not overburden student or teacher can be set up in the high school and still leave time to supervise an edition of the paper each week. From 1900 to 1930, the function of a high school publication was mainly the practice of writing, a part of the English course. Its values were considered to be in the form of increased ability with which a student might perform this art of writing after practicing on the newspaper. One opinion was that the value of learning to write in a journalism class situation was negligible in view of the fact there was insufficient practice. Writing for a newspaper requires a special vocabulary somewhat removed from that of English class. Recently texts are including as some of the functions of high school journalism the creativity it may inspire; improved English composition is acknowledged, plus learning to work cooperatively with others. Forming judgements and being self-reliant are other values and attitudes. Discrimination between fact and opinion, and an increased sensitivity to school and community purposes are learning experiences gained as a member of a high school journalism staff. It may be that some high schools have kept their sights narrowed in dispensing occupational information, encompassing only the world of work in the immediate area. Journalism as a career is now pointed out as available to anyone who has found the high school practice exciting and rewarding. There are many kinds of jobs in the publishing business. The educational value derived from this activity is present now as it was in the 1930’s. The difference lies only in the increased amount of learning gained. It might be classed as one of the prime courses in preparation of adult life. Judgement, decisions, sensitivity, and civic interest – there are a few of the educational concepts which high school journalism is cultivating.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Journalism, High school -- South Dakota -- Flandreau
Journalism -- Study and teaching


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