Individualized Journalism Programs for Middle School Students
Our journalism programs offer students the opportunity to develop core writing skills while exploring modern culture and media. Whether your child is an aspiring journalist or simply wants a fun and unique way to learn the craft of writing, our journalism programs develop skills critical to all forms of expression. While working on assigned articles, students learn valuable research and observational techniques. They develop their composition skills by translating this research into a detailed outline. Using the outline as a guidepost, and with coaching from the instructor, students will generate a first draft. As the journalism program progresses, the tutor will review this draft on multiple occasions, using each opportunity to provide feedback. As the piece nears completion, instructor and student will work on copyediting, with the goal of completing an article worthy of publication in a school or local newspaper.
Our journalism courses have three goals:
- Build the student’s core writing skills.
- Increase the student’s exposure to the theory and practice of journalism.
- Develop multiple finished articles that can strengthen the student’s writing portfolio and be submitted for publication.
Journalism programs are a wonderful way to keep students intellectually engaged as an extracurricular activity, and they are ideally suited for the extra time students have during school vacations. A typical journalism program will involve the tutor and student meeting once per week for 60-90 minutes. The instructor will likely assign between 2 and 6 articles for the student to research and write. At the outset, the program may focus intensively on the skills of observation, research, and composition, while later assignments may come at a more rapid pace to emulate the deadline-driven journalism environment.
Whether your child would like to write about current events, movie reviews, book reviews, or local sporting events, our journalism courses can focus on your child’s interests. Instructors encourage students to attend events, observe, take notes, and even learn basic interviewing techniques. While journalism requires rigorous research and precise writing, it offers an engaging entry point for students just entering the world of academic and analytical writing.
Our Journalism Instructors:
Our team of Journalism instructors includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile: