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Richards’ Newspaper and Yearbook to become one class

The District and Building Administration decided on merging the two classes back in mid-March.

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Richards’ Newspaper and Yearbook to become one class

Old newsprint from the Richards Herald's following years. The newsprint was discontinued in favor of the app.

Old newsprint from the Richards Herald's following years. The newsprint was discontinued in favor of the app.

Jenni Marie Schaal

Old newsprint from the Richards Herald's following years. The newsprint was discontinued in favor of the app.

Jenni Marie Schaal

Jenni Marie Schaal

Old newsprint from the Richards Herald's following years. The newsprint was discontinued in favor of the app.

Jenni Marie Schaal, Staff Editor

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Digital Journalism and Media, or better known as the “Newspaper” class, will be merging with the Yearbook class for the 2018-19 school year. This decision was only made for the Richards building, as Shepard and Eisenhower’s newspaper and yearbook classes will remain separate.

“The decision to merge the Digital Journalism course with the Yearbook course at Richards was a difficult one and was made after careful consideration,” said Mr. Anthony Corsi, English Curriculum Director.

The decision was made solely on enrollment numbers for the Digital Journalism and Media class for the 2018-19  school year being too low.

“We routinely monitor enrollment trends for all courses and discuss their viabilities for the future. Both Digital Journalism and Yearbook have seen declining enrollments,” said Mr. Corsi.  

The standard process for scheduling courses includes reviewing the course enrollments and staffing capacities available beginning in late January and early February. As procedure, course sections or entire courses may be “collapsed” if they fall under minimum levels. Course sections and entire courses may be “expanded” if the exceed maximum levels. In general, courses need 16-17 students enrolled in order to run. Certain Special Education classes are exempt from this process.

“In order to run the course in the future, we will need to reverse the trend of declining enrollment and low student interest,” said Mr. Corsi.

The Richards’ Herald website www.richardsherald.com, as well as the Herald Twitter, and Youtube accounts will remain active for the 2018-19 school year.

“My duty is to ensure that students in 218 are exposed to a wide variety of literary texts and are engaged in multiple modes of writing- including journalistic writing,” said Mr. Corsi. “A journalism course offers students to the opportunity to engage with this tradition; the absence of such a course removes this possibility.”

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