OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM
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
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.)
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.
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:
History and ethics of the press
Grammar and writing
Pagemaker and layout
11 issues (one issue every 3 weeks)
Students may be page editors, business managers, photographers, artists
11 issues (1 issue every 3 weeks)
Students may hold any position, including associate editor and editor-in-chief