History of News Production at RHHS
News at RHHS has been a centerpiece since the 1940's.
Prior to 1974, RHHS news was served through a regularly produced newspaper simply known as "The Garnet and Black." However, after Emmet Scott High School was closed in Rock Hill, RHHS acquired an extra color from ESHS -- gold. Thus, the paper was re-titled to become "The Garnet, Black and Gold."
From 1974 until May 2012, RHHS continued to be served by "The Garnet, Black and Gold" newspaper, publishing six or more issues a year.
Beginning in August 2012, "The Garnet, Black and Gold" relaunched as a 16-page news magazine, becoming more "feature"-like in its approach. In addition, more news-related material was handled by its new Twitter account--@RHHSnews.
How to Join
There are two ways to join the staff.
- Take (and do well in) Journalism 1.
Students in J1 who want to be on the GBG staff must
- have maintained at least a B average,
- have not had any referrals or other disciplinary problems in the class (i.e. being sent into the hall, calling home, emailing, etc.), and
- have demonstrated a productive work ethic and a noticeable desire to be a part of the school paper.
2. Apply to be Journalism 2
Students who are interested in being on staff BUT WHO HAVE NOT HAD JOURNALISM 1 may qualify by doing the following:
- Completing a writing sample
- Providing a teacher recommendation (see the writing sample for instructions)
- Having a good GPA (preferably 3.0 or higher
- Having no discipline issues on record
GBG staff member qualities
Please realize that being on the news staff requires students to have the following qualities (among others):
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to work unsupervised
- Ability to handle frustration/criticism well
- Ability to maintain a respectful attitude towards others
- Ability to work well with others
- Above average writing/communiction skills
- Good attendance
At RHHS, the study of journalism involves learning
- the history of the mass media
- legal issues in the media
- how the media communicates (typically in print and online), and
- the different forms of writing for the media (i.e. news, features, opinion, sports, etc.)
Students interested in journalism could be interested in one or more of the following:
- photo editing
- page layout and design
- marketing and advertising
- developing leadership skills
- An introduction to the basics of journalism
- Students who demonstrate and ability and desire to do more with journalism are often asked to continue on to Journalism 2 after taking this class.
Journalism 2 / 3
- Prerequisite: Journalism 1 OR successful application and approval by teacher
- This class is responsible for producing school news related to RHHS, in the form of a printed publication (currently a news magazine) or online.
- The only distinction between levels 2 and 3 are in seniority (i.e. J3 students have already had J2 once before)
Journalism 4 Honors
- Prerequisite: Journalism 2 or 3
- Only offered in spring semesters
- Can only be taken once.
- Intended for the graduating senior
- Requires the student to complete a portfolio and be a part of the news staff in an editorial or authoritative way.