Journalism is Back at JFK

New teacher, new approach


Emmanuel Diaz

The fall journalism class working very hard on new articles for The Torch.

Journalism is being offered as a class for its third year.  Previously, Dr. Jacobson and Mrs. Vitali taught the class. In the past journalism wasn’t a class; the newspaper was distributed as a hard copy and was an after-school activity. For the first time, Ms. Prusicki, usually freshmen and sophomore English teacher, is hosting the class. Mrs. Wandras approached Prusicki at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, asking if she would be willing to teach journalism. Prusicki was hesitant at first, but soon warmed up to the idea of teaching a new class and agreed.

The students will be writing and publishing articles, interviewing fellow students and teachers, and will be covering events at the school. In the class, they will learn about ethics, law, and will have a focus on editing and reporting. Journalism students will be critiquing local restaurants and small businesses, attending school events as well as conducting polls on students opinions. The class will be conducting interviews with teachers and fellow students.

The Class Contents

Writing articles and updating The Torch is not all that the journalism class will do. Students learn new concepts they may utilize further in their careers. Journalism students first learn the guidelines of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, known commonly as the AP Style. The AP Style sets the standard for a proper grammar style for news writing that all news agencies follow. Therefore, students can expand the variety of their writing much further than they would in a regular language arts class. Additionally, students keep up with international, current events and important information in the news. Overall, JFKMHS journalism students are able to expand their writing expertise as they focus on posting articles for the JFKMHS student body. For any interested students,  journalism will be available in the spring as well.