While many school across the country are abandoning, shuttering or shrinking their journalism programs, Fresno Christian publications students and The Feather Online believe that publications class is exactly what students need in order to be relevant both in and out of high school.
Today’s students today are “doing school” vastly different than what their older siblings, parents and grandparents did in the recent past. While the term backpack journalism was coined in the mid 1990s as a way to encourage print journalists to provide additional video for TV, today a large percentage of students will be expected to know reporting, storytelling, opinion writing with support, use photography and videography skills on top of being able to do research in the community, classrooms and and via the Internet.
We live in a digital age where almost everyone has a smart device that can access documents, interviews, websites, video, and photos. We all hold computers in our hands. Digital media is revolutionizing our world and we need to know how to access, use and produce content for most careers today. Businesses want hire students who are media savvy, can research, write, edit, illustrate, podcast and present with accuracy, honesty and with respect.
Publication students learn how to read their audience’s needs, gather information, collaborate with their peers, analyze the data, and publish with an angle, motive, purpose with appropriate verified support. The Feather Online sets out to model this philosophy for Fresno Christian and teen followers throughout the world.
The Feather Online’s goal is to utilize a multi-media online platform that covers issues that reflect, represent, inform, educate and entertain the Fresno Christian student body through campus and community news, features, profiles, opinions, reviews and sports activities. We aim to share these through many ways including, the written word, podcast, photography and video. The staff also seeks to provide a forum for editorials, columns, blogs, letters to the editor, and guest articles/blogs.
Additionally, community and national events and places of interest will be covered when found applicable to student concerns and interest. The newspaper will not cover city, state, national or international news unless there is a tie to current students and their activities, need to know or interest. This is one area the paper seeks to improve.
The Feather Online will strive to add more media and social media to its offerings and better integrating them during the 2015-2016 school year. In the past, slideshows, audio slideshows, videos, podcasts, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were extras; however, these media are now seen as mainstream parts of the daily edition.
Feather Online philosophy statements last updated January 2016