The Prospector 2016-2017
The application for the 2016-2017 school year is now closed. Check back next March for the application for the 2017-2018 school year!
The Journalism class manages the publication of The Prospector, the official news publication of Cupertino High School. Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply for the class. This page explains why the Journalism class may be for you, as well as the application procedure for the 2016-2017 calendar year.
How To Apply
Note: The application period is now closed. Check back next March for the application for the 2017-2018 school year!
1. After filling out our online form (found here), please select an additional writing supplement of your choice (this may be academic or nonacademic). This component of your application does not have a page length requirement. Print out your application form and writing sample, stapled together with your name clearly marked, and turn them in to Mrs. Peck's room (210) by 3:00 P.M. on Friday, March 18. Your application will not be considered complete without both the printed online form and supplement.
2. We will schedule an interview time with applicants that have passed the initial screening by Saturday, March 19.
3. Application decisions will be emailed to applicants by Friday, April 15.
— Be a part of something BIG —
The media plays a prominent role in shaping how people think. Through this class, you will gain a better understanding of world issues and how they affect us in the local context.
Journalism is also a means for younger staffers to meet older CHS students and learn by their example; younger students gain maturity very quickly through journalistic responsibility. Regardless of what your academic interests may be, the teamwork and ethical reporting practices that staffers pick up from Journalism are priceless assets. Staffers take these skills with them in all walks of life.
Much work is done outside of the classroom
Busywork assignments? Borderline grades? Stressful exams? Journalism doesn’t have any of that. Instead, staffers are expected to produce well-written articles and meet deadlines. It is not uncommon for a staffer to spend all day interviewing people, and then crank out an awesome 500-word article overnight. Journalism is a great source of eustress (definition: stress that is deemed healthful or giving one the feeling of fulfillment).
There are various responsibilities within the class. First-year staffers begin as assistants, and have the opportunity to advance to editorship positions at the end of the year, which require more time commitment.
We believe that the best teams are built on respect for one another, and a shared passion for great reporting. We celebrate the completion of each publication with a party (Panera, anyone?) and even have bonding time outside of class to watch movies and eat together. Each year, the class attends the JEA/NSPA convention, a four-day event where staffers attend classes taught by journalism pros and do unimaginably fun stuff like ice skating and visiting chocolate shops.
Feel free to talk to staff members for their personal opinions. Journalism will be one of the happiest memories of your high school experience.