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Program Overview

The program described here resides in Palo Alto High School in the California Bay Area.  Esther Wojcicki has been the teacher and advisor to the program for 15 years.  The Campanile is one of the few 22 page broadsheet (full format) high school papers in the country.  The paper has won numerous awards:
Gold Crown in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association four years in a row, the Scholastic Press Pacemaker Award four years in a row (which means the paper is among the top 5% in the nation), and the All American Award from the National Scholastic Press for nine years.  (An online version of the paper is under construction and a link will appear here.)

To enter the advanced class as a junior or senior, students are required to take beginning journalism as a sophomore.  In beginning journalism students learn 10 to 13 article formats, the history of the press, the ethics of reporting, and the basics of laying out a newspaper page.  In advanced journalism upperclassmen produce the paper as a community.  Four editors-in-chief lead the class and produce a newspaper every three weeks. Click on these links to learn more about the beginning and advanced classes.

The journalism program is an example of a learning community in that students are producing something for a real audience, through cycles of work and feedback, under student leadership.  The advanced class is a collaborative, authentic learning experience.  The principles pages describe the elements of this learning community.

The table below outlines the experience of students who participate in the entire journalism program:

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


Beginning Journalism

One semester

Students learn:

10 articles

History and ethics of the press

Grammar and writing

Pagemaker and layout


30-35 students


Advanced Journalism

1 year

11 issues (one issue every 3 weeks)


Students may be page editors, business managers, photographers, artists


25-30 students


Advanced Journalism

1 year

11 issues (1 issue every 3 weeks)


Students may hold any position, including associate editor and editor-in-chief


25-30 students

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