Building a meaningful, appropriate curriculum for journalism classrooms requires many considerations. What works in one classroom may not be right for another.
Because every high school journalism program is different, we have not created a prescribed sequence to follow. Instead, the curriculum is designed to work like a buffet — allowing you to take variable-length modules that will fill your needs while accommodating your skills, technology and teaching philosophy.
However, we do recommend any journalism or media class include lessons on foundations in journalism, including the following topics (with links to JEA curriculum modules and lessons that explore these topics):
- The role of journalism in a democracy and why news matters
- The First Amendment and freedom of expression
- Legal protections for student journalists
- Media ethics
That said, we receive requests regularly for a sample syllabus or curriculum map. During the summer of 2016, curriculum leaders put together samples for advisers to consider. Each curriculum map shows how one journalism teacher uses various lessons from each module in the JEA Curriculum Initiative for a one-semester course.
If you are using the curriculum, we would love to hear which modules and lessons you use.
Each syllabus and curriculum map below includes a course description and outline of weekly lesson plans from the JEA Curriculum Initiative. Every high school journalism program is different, so teachers may consider exploring these samples for perspective as they customize their own specific classroom plans.
Our 2018-2019 curriculum team is also working on tagging and indexing lessons according to instruction type, length and differentiation needs. As those improvements are made, we will update this page.