A big step for Fontbonne and a giant leap for journalism was made this school year as Broadcast Journalism was added as a new course. Taught by Ms. Marinello, the scope of the course focuses on news writing, videography, editing, and visual storytelling. Students will cover anything deemed newsworthy meaning new, exciting, significant, interesting, and regarding people in the Fontbonne and local community.
Students learn how to make video content as well as to stream it on online platforms. For the purpose of the course a Broadcast Journalism room was installed in the cafeteria.
Made with precision and “Foam! Lots of it! In order to soundproof the room” said Ms. Marinello the room is a gem attracting the amazed gazes of manys students. Complete with two monitors, two iMac computers, a laptop, and mixer panel, students will learn in style.
Although Broadcast journalism is uncharted and new territory, the student body can barely contain their excitement to take this unique and interesting course. However, in order for a student to take Broadcast Journalism they must first take Print Journalism.
When asked what type of students do you think should take broadcast journalismMs. Marinello said “Students that are interested in journalism and are willing to go above and beyond the requirements of the class. Every week, we have a show to produce, and that might mean staying after school to film in the studio or going to sporting events to get video coverage of an event. Students need to understand that a show is a success or a flop based on the efforts of the entire unit.”
Not only are students beaming with excitement but so is Ms. Marinello on being the honored teacher of this new course. When asked what she was most excited about teaching this course she replied “I'm most excited to see what the students create and how they will work as a team to craft a weekly show start to finish. I'm always amazed by the work my students put forth and I'm sure this will be no different. I cannot wait for the class to have that moment where they all gel and understand the power they possess through this channel.”
Broadcast journalism is truly a wonderful addition to Fontbonne already beloved by the student body.
For many people the holidays can be a hectic rush of finding the perfect gifts and trying to organize family gatherings. It truly can be a struggle, and often a similar scene to that of The Hunger Games, in order to get discount prices at department stores. Rather than dealing with the mobs of people diving for the last plasma TV, there is a simple and affordable solution to your dilemma. There is one gift, that no matter who it’s for you can’t go wrong: a book. There is a book out there for everyone, whether it be a mystery or a graphic novel.
One book that seems particularly perfect for the holiday season is Sarah Dessen's Lock and Key. This #1 New York Times Bestseller expresses themes of renewal of family values, as well as new beginnings. In a North Carolina town, a girl named Ruby Cooper is abandoned by her mother. After trying to live on her own for several weeks, she is discovered by her landlords. Ruby is not 18 yet so she is not permitted by the law to live alone. She is forced to live with the person she wants to see the least: her sister Cora and her husband. Ruby is under the impression that Cora left her and her mother after she went to college, so she feels great resentment toward her sister. She is forced to switch schools, leave all her friends, and the life she had before. In Ruby's old town she never thought about the future because she never thought she had one. She never thought she could have a family. Is it possible for things to change for Ruby? Find out by reading Lock and Key!
Lock and Key is a very well-developed book that keeps you captivated. The characters in the book are very relatable. Even though Ruby’s life is turned upside down, she still is a teenager. There are aspects in Lock and Key that teens can relate to like applying for colleges, friendships, family, and the question of what the future holds. In Lock and Key readers also have the opportunity to see the drastic change and transition that Ruby goes through. Ruby's story screams a message that there is always hope and that you shouldn’t lose faith so easily. If you’re a fan of contemporary teen fiction, you might like this book. Lock and Key is perfect for fans of John Green, Gayle Forman, and Rainbow Rowell! Ruby’s story is definitely one worth reading.
If you’re looking for a classic princess novel with a futuristic, empowering twist, The Selection by Kiera Cass is perfect for you! This #1 New York Times Bestseller shatters everything you thought you knew about princesses.The story takes place in the futuristic and dystopian world of Iléia, which is in present day North America. In Iléia, the society revolves around a caste system. There are 8 castes, with one being the highest and eight being the lowest. America Singer, the protagonist, is in caste five. It consists of artists and performers.
The book centers around the royal selection, which is Ilélian tradition. The prince of lléia hosts a selection in order to find a Queen. The royal selection is very significant because the future queen will truly be a “Daughter of Iléia”. 35 Iléian girls are randomly selected for a chance to marry Prince Maxon and become the future Queen of lléia. Most girls in lléian society would jump at this once in a lifetime chance. However, America Singer is not like most girls.. she doesn't want to be a royal. She doesn't want to be a One. America Singer goes on a journey discovering the truth about the government of Iléia, Prince Maxon, and herself.
It’s quite rare in Young Adult (YA) novels to find a book with futuristic elements, a caste system and monarchy. The two concepts seem like they should be apart of entirely different books, however they are merged into one. This has a surprisingly interesting effect. The book is set in the future, however the point of society’s government has reversed backwards. The It’s quite rare in Young Adult (YA) novels to find a book with futuristic elements and a caste system and monarchy. The two concepts seem like they should be apart of entirely different books, however they are merged into one. This has a surprisingly interesting effect. The book is set in the future; however, the system of government has reversed.. The Iléian government can compare to those during Indian or French societies. This asserts that even though The Selection is set in the future, history has a habit of repeating itself. The Selection stands out from other teen fiction books in this sense. Iléia is a futuristic society that is overcoming and battling for changes within the society’s government. Fans of dystopian novels will take a liking to this book.
I found The Selection to be a very quick read because of how captivating it was. When reading this book, there was never a time when I felt bored by it. It’s a progressive novel with something exciting happening on every page. America Singer is also a very relatable character which also contributed to my liking of the book. I found myself cheering for her. I would give it a 10/10 because it really is much more than just a “princess book”.
About the Author
Marissa is a junior at Fontbonne Hall Academy. She enjoys writing entertainment and political articles. Aside from Folio, she is also a member of Bonnie Bluestockings. Marissa enjoys reading, drawing, watching movies, and gaming.