3 meetings per seven-day cycle/2 credits. Open to grades 10-12.
Enrollment in the course is by application only. Enrollment will be limited to 11 students. Students who join in 10th or 11th grade have priority for senior leadership roles in senior year. Leadership positions include editors-in-chief, managing editors, literary editors, art editors, social media editors, and more.
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. Applications are available in the U. S. office and are due in Ms. Akin’s mailbox by April 18th, decisions to be made by May 1st.
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 a new on-line 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. Students 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 on-line 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.