Journalism and Communications

Curriculum

List of 8 items.

  • CM200 Oral Communications

    Grade 10-12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    This course stresses building of poise and confidence and the basic skills necessary for both formal and casual speaking. It is designed to give both theoretical and practical knowledge about writing, delivering and critiquing speeches. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. (Note: This course will not fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.)
  • CM300 ACP Oral Communications

    Grades 11-12 Level 4.8 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    UM-Saint Louis Course: Communication 1040: Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits) Regardless of the career you have planned, you’re bound to find yourself in situations where you’ll need to give an oral presentation. In this honors course you will develop public speaking skills central to success in academic, business and professional life. In addition to learning the process of creating and delivering an effective speech, students leave the class with a number of other benefits, from developing critical thinking skills to research and leadership skills. Throughout the semester students will deliver and critique information, give persuasive, demonstrative and argumentative speeches with special attention on effective delivery skills. Students who take CM200 are not eligible to take CM300.
  • JR300 Introduction to Journalism

    Grades 10 -12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    Do you like to be creative? Do you like to make people smile? Do you like being part of a collaborative environment where you learn real-world skills? Then this class is for you. In addition to producing the Morning Show on CJTV each day, students in this class get to work in the CJTV Editing Bay, learning professional level video production and motion graphics programs. Girls rotate jobs every two weeks, so everyone gets a chance to work and learn about sound, lights, graphics, anchoring, script writing and tons more. In class, students are led by both our student producer and the teacher, and we learn about current trends in videography, journalism, and motion graphics. But our main job is making CJTV, and our main goal is to have fun while we help everyone at school start their day with a smile on their face. If this sounds like you, come and join us. We’d love to have you work with us.
  • JR400 Independent Study in Journalism

    Grade 12 Level 4.3 Credit ½ Sem 1 or 2
    This course will focus on developing the skills of top-level journalism program editors. Skills such as effective decision making, formulating marketing projections, writing a business plan, and developing top-tier management practices will be emphasized. Editors who take this course will learn how to be effective leaders of both middle-management level editors and staff members. Leadership theory and human resources development studies will be used to help the students who take this course become the most effective leaders of organizations that they can be. In addition to cultivating professional relationships in both the publishing and business world, these students will leave the course with a well-developed management style which will enable them to become a successful, top-level manager. This course will be available to student who have completed Yearbook I and have adviser approval.

    Prerequisites: Yearbook I and advisor approval
  • JR410 Independent Study in Broadcast Journalism

    GRADE 12 LEVEL 4.3 CREDIT ½ SEM 1 OR 2
    This course will focus on helping students developing the skills of a top-level broadcast journalism producer. Skills such as effective decision making, staff coordination and management, programming consistency, formulating marketing projections, writing a broadcast plan, and developing top-tier management practices will be emphasized. Students who take this course will learn how to be effectively produce the CJTV Morning Show, and be responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of production and development. Leadership theory, broadcast theory, and human resources development studies will be used to help the students who take this course become the most effective leaders that they can be. In addition to cultivating professional relationships in the broadcast and business worlds, these students will leave the course with a well-developed management style which will enable them to become a successful broadcast journalism producer. This course will be available to students who have completed Intro to Journalism and have teacher approval.

    Prerequisites: Intro to Journalism and teacher approval

  • JR420 Independent Study in Motion Graphics

    GRADE 12 LEVEL 4.3 CREDIT ½ SEM 1 OR 2
    This course will focus on helping students further their skills in the field of Motion Graphics. Students will build on the work they began in Intro to Journalism class by using After Effects to learn about shape layers, expressions, key frames, scripts, null objects, and blending modes. Students will use their skills to create motion graphics which will air on CJTV and/or other venues. Skills such as design, composition, balance, mathematical formulas, programming, meeting customer requirements and problem solving will be emphasized. Students who take this course will effectively interpret the motion graphic needs of large-scale projects on CJTV and provide content which will meet those needs. At the same time, independent study students will make connections with industry professionals in the field and network to explore the emerging field of Motion Graphics. Students will leave the course with a well-developed portfolio in the field of Motion Graphics which will enable them to be accepted into an accredited university Motion Graphics program and later become a successful Motion Designer. Limited to two students per semester.

    Prerequisites: Intro to Journalism and teacher approval
  • YB300 Yearbook I

    Grades 10-12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    This course will function as a design/concept class. Focus will be placed on basic journalistic practices involving the industry standards for producing quality publications, and implementing those standards into the design concept for the yearbook. All aspects of production will also be addressed, including teaching students to work with desktop publishing software which will result in producing the yearbook. Class members will leave the course with a working knowledge of the basic journalistic principals of theme, design, layout, and copy production. Yearbook I will primarily focus on the design and journalistic conceptualization of the yearbook, which will serve as the framework for the publication and second semester class. In addition, students will also have an opportunity to work with digital photography skills and equipment. A high degree of professionalism, organization, and commitment is required. After-school work may be necessary.

    Prerequisite: Yearbook moderator signature

  • YB301 Yearbook II

    Grades 10-12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    Yearbook II will focus on the production and editing of Cor Jesu’s Corde yearbook. This second semester class will be responsible for taking the design concepts envisioned in YB300 and producing the finished product under weekly deadlines. A fastpaced, computer-driven environment, replicating a small business publishing house, will be present. Focus will be placed on editing, writing, and photography skills. Students will work with staffers and editors from YB300 in addition to outside businesses in order to complete the finished yearbook. Attention to detail, organization, and responsibility are key skills for this class. Staffers will be responsible for the summer distribution of the yearbook and will work closely with the printer in a professional setting. After-school work may be required.

    Prerequisites: Yearbook I and yearbook moderator signature
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Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Mrs. Laura Vonder Haar- Bolt 

    Fine Arts and English Teacher
    (314) 842-1546 x260
  • Mrs. JoEllen Sarich 

    Business & Journalism Teacher; CJTV Adviser
    (314) 842-4429 x285
  • Mrs. Katherine Boul Svejkosky 

    English Teacher & Yearbook Adviser
    (314) 842-4429 x289