The News and Yearbook Team collaborating during a power hour this past semester. (Photo by Lauren Brady)
The News and Yearbook Team collaborating during a power hour this past semester.

Photo by Lauren Brady

Every Reason Why You Need to Add News to Your 2021-22 Schedule

April 22, 2021

Is News Journalism the right fit for you?

1. Get Involved 

Not only are you the first in line to hear about happenings at ADM, you also gain great connections and build relationships. By being a part of The Black and Redgister, you play a crucial and valuable role. You have a responsibility to inform and create within the school.

2. DMACC Credit

News Journalism is a dual enrolled course with DMACC. This means that the structure of the class is different than most offered at ADM, and tests are extremely rare. All students taking News Journalism will receive DMACC Credit while still in high school by default and do NOT have to take a final test — unlike many college/AP course classes at ADM. Receiving college credit in HS at no cost to you, while being taught by an ADM teacher who is also licensed by DMACC is right at your fingertips.

3. Gain Skills 

In this class, you evaluated based on your skills with writing stories, opinion pieces, the ability to stay neutral, and other key parts of a news article. Most points are totaled and determined based upon how well you meet deadlines — if you write your personal and required stories (students/teachers of the month), it should total up to only about 4 a month. The valuable skills you will learn in Journalism will assist you far beyond high school. From the ability to go up to people you don’t know and put yourself out there to understanding important parts of taking photos operating a camera, you will be a step ahead of your peers. Many ADM HS graduates and former staff members are now working towards careers in journalism and have been very successful. Even if you aren’t interested in journalism as a career, the basic skills that will assist you in any job are right here.


Take it from your staff. 

“News creates a family environment. You get a chance to explore new passions being surrounded by people who are in the same boat as you.” – Paige Jansen 

“This is my first year doing news and I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but it’s fun and a lot of working at your own pace. You kind of get to do what you like to do — whether it’s writing or podcasts or videos.” – Brookelyn Evans

“It challenges you to grow and get better at writing, reading, and critical thinking.” – Sean Whitson

“It helps you be more creative and you make a lot of good friends.” – Kashish Patel

“News is like a family. We have each other’s backs. People are genuinely happy for you and your accomplishments. We have Affirmation Fridays so if you’re having a rough week the news team’s got your back.” – Haley Gonzalez 

“It’s a fun and healthy work environment and we have a great advisor who is super passionate about us and the work that we do.” – Callie Hazel 

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