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21st Century Journalism

21st Century Journalism is the beginning journalism course at Oswego High School and serves as a prerequisite to Digital Journalism (the 42Fifty production class) and Yearbook Journalism. Students learn about how to be responsible producers and consumers of digital media, and occassionally have their work published here!

Billy Gatske had to grow up surrounded by “normal” people. He had to create his own normal.
It’s concert night. The fans have already paid for their $40 front row tickets and are prepared for the band. The lights dim, and the drummer fires off the nastiest solo you could imagine. The crowd cheers and begins head-banging along. The lead guitarist’s fingers fly as the strings sing musical bliss into the amplifier. The bass player—calmer than the rest of the band, but essential to the sound—is strumming along.
I round the door of sophomore Xania Kimberly Ward’s classroom and see that she is alone, silent, on her phone. In fact, as I glance around while walking toward her, the whole classroom is silent and on their phones.
The wall of honor is dedicated to recognizing past and present students who have or are going to be serving the United States military. This tradition includes a ceremony, in which students are recognized in front of the school. ...
Tank tops, crop tops and shorts are usually a topic discussed during summertime, but here at Oswego High School, students are questioning their clothing choice in reference to what they believe is an unfair dress code. One student in...

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