3 meetings per eight-day cycle/2 credits
Open to grades 10-12
Enrollment in the course is by application only. Enrollment will be limited to 12 students, including two editors-in-chief, three managing editors (to be selected from current sophomores for a two-year commitment in junior and senior year, when they will serve as editors-in-chief), two literary editors, two art editors, one web editor and one media/sound editor. When applying, students should indicate for which role or roles they feel they are best suited. Past experience with InDesign or a similar graphics program is a plus, though not a requirement, and students should mention what relevant experience they have in their applications. A Google Form application can be found on HOL. Interested students should complete the form and submit it no later than April 28 (the deadline for course selection). Decisions will be made by May 12.
This course will involve students creating a year-long presentation of Hackley creative writing and visual arts through print, web and digital media. Students will begin by soliciting, evaluating and editing literature and artwork for inclusion in the online literary and art magazine. They will help create and manage a basic online posting system on the Hackley website, and they will work as editors to support the online presence of these materials—both for internal and external audiences—with regular bi-weekly postings.
Students will select the best of the art and literature gathered for online presentation and will include this work in the printed publication. They will learn to use the InDesign graphics program to develop and manage visual layouts. They will design the printed publication and see it through all phases of editing, proofing and print production. They will also have to work within a budget, which will necessitate creative decision making as they bring their vision (pun intended) into reality. And they will be required to support and meet frequent deadlines for various components and phases of the project, culminating with delivery in the spring of The Vision publication.
In addition, The Vision will offer published students the opportunity to read their work (or have it read) for an audio CD that will accompany the printed magazine. Students working on the publication will help support the recording process and oversee the creation of the CD. Throughout the process of presenting both online and print versions of The Vision, students will learn to combine and manipulate different types of media, such as text, audio and graphics. They will employ microphones, scanners and other input devices to gather information.
While students will be enrolled based on application for specific roles in the editorial structure, where they will hold primary responsibility, students will participate in and learn all aspects of the project.