Guest Column

Digital Newsroom at LCJSMS


Eighth grade students at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School can choose two cycle classes to take.

One of the most popular classes is the “Digital Newsroom”, a 45-day cycle class that was recently redesigned as a result of a grant from the Summit Educational Foundation (SEF).

Mr. Larry Cohen, who teaches this class, explains, "The Digital Newsroom curriculum and course design provides a student-centered, 21st Century learning environment. Students develop and refine communication and production skills that remain with them throughout high school and hopefully beyond."

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Laura Baldacchino, an eighth grade student says, "Digital Newsroom is a really informative class where you have the opportunity to work in groups and be creative. I have learned about the journalistic process and how rewarding it is to have an article published and to know people are reading it. The entire class is really fun!"

As a result of this SEF grant, all eighth grade cycle classes became problem-based courses that reflected students' interests and incorporate hands-on activities.

The Digital Newsroom students are currently working to update and create a new orientation video for incoming sixth graders, welcoming them to LCJSMS.

We can’t wait to see it!

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