Indiana High School Journalism Standards

The college and career ready Indiana Academic Standards are designed to help educators, parents, students, and community members understand what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level, and within each content strand, in order to exit high school college and career ready. The Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts demonstrate what students should know and be able to do in the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Media Literacy.

The standards are not curriculum. While the standards may have examples embedded, and resource materials may include guidelines and suggestions, the standards do not prescribe any particular curriculum. Curriculum is determined locally by a corporation or school and is a prescribed learning plan toward educational goals that includes curricular tools and instructional materials, including textbooks, that are selected by the corporation/school and adopted through the local school board.

Three journalism and media studies courses have been approved by Indiana’s Board of Education and Department of Education for the 2019-2020 school year. The full course guide may be viewed here.

JOURNALISM — Course #1080
Journalism, a course based on the Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and the Indiana High School Journalism Standards, is a study of news elements, journalism history, First Amendment law, ethics, fact and opinion, copy editing, news, and features as they apply to print and digital media products. It includes a comparison study of journalistic writing to other types of English writing with practical application of news, features, editorials, reviews, columns, and digital media writing forms. For the second credit: Students continue to develop journalistic writing skills in addition to studying graphic design, advertising, public relations, photojournalism 157 Indiana Department of Education High School Course Titles and Descriptions and emerging media development and design. By the end of the semester, students write, shoot, and design stories for print and digital media products.

*High School Journalism State Standards

*Journalism and 11-12 English/Language Arts Correlation Guide

*Research Standards for Journalism

Note: If Journalism course work addresses the Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts, the credits accrued can be counted as part of the eight (8) required English/Language Arts credits for all diplomas.

MASS MEDIA — Course #1084
Mass Media, a course based on the High School Journalism Standards and the Mass Media and Media Literacy Standards, is the study of the importance of mass media as pervasive in modern life at the local, national, and global levels. It includes a study of the impact of constant and immediate news, entertainment, and persuasive messages on everyday life. Students use course content to become knowledgeable consumers of mass media in preparation for their roles as informed citizens in a democratic society. For the second credit: Students continue to critically analyze mass media products and messages as they influence societal rules. By the end of the semester, students complete a multimedia project comparing different aspects of a topic of interest or concern. The project demonstrates knowledge, application, and progress in Mass Media course content.

*Mass Media and Media Literacy Standards

Note: If Mass Media course work addresses the Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts, credits accrued can be counted as part of the eight (8) required English/Language Arts credits all diplomas.

STUDENT MEDIA/PUBLICATIONS — Course #1086
Student Media, a course based on the High School Journalism Standards and the Student Media Standards, is the continuation of the study of Journalism. Students demonstrate their ability to do journalistic writing and design for high school media, including school newspapers, yearbooks, and a variety of other media formats. Students follow the ethical principles and legal boundaries that guide scholastic journalism. Students express themselves publicly with meaning and clarity for the purpose of informing, entertaining, or persuading. Students work on high school media staffs so that they may prepare themselves for career paths in journalism, communications, writing, or related fields.

*Student Media/Publications State Standards

Note: Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement for the Core 40 with Academic Honors.

Any questions about the Indiana journalism and media studies courses and standards may be directed to IHSPA Executive Director Ryan Gunterman at rgunterman@franklincollege.edu.

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