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Basic Information
School Nickname: Journalism / JMA
School Phone: (860) 695-7564
Grades Served: 9-12
Type: District Open Choice
Theme: Journalism and Media
Principal's Name: Sheldon Neal (I)
Principal's Email:

The Journalism & Media Academy's mission is built upon discipline, respect, unity and maturity (DRUM). Through the commitment to the study of journalism and media through the use of technology and self-mastery, our students value diversity, connect with their local, national and international communities and learn through continuous academic, personal and professional growth.

Students have the opportunity to develop workplace and college readiness competencies through core and elective classes, job shadowing and internships.

Students are exposed to, and work in, the areas of online/digital, radio, and television media, working and learning from professionals in the field. We provide a college-ready curriculum and theme specific courses.  Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society and provides students with the essential skills of inquiry and self-expression. All courses will focus on critical reading and the development of higher- level writing skills.

Special Features and Highlights
The Journalism & Media Academy is housed in a state-of-the-art facility which provides students with learning environments designed for learning about the media field, complete with working TV and radio studios including WQTQ radio, as well as technology and software used in the industry.

JMA partners with the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network which houses the senior class each year where students work side by side with industry specialists, take academic and elective courses, and complete their Capstone research projects. Senior year is an intensive internship in which students create professional level media projects and create portfolios of work for college and career readiness.
JMA has also partnered with Capital Workforce Partners and Our Piece of the Pie to provide students with opportunities to develop workplace and college readiness competencies through job shadowing, summer work experiences, internship courses and internships in media related sites.

We feature:
Partnerships with Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), Capital Workforce Projects, Our Piece of the Pie, University of Hartford College Now program, University of Connecticut Early College Experience program
Working television set and radio station on-site.
Writing, editing and publishing Teens Today, an on-line newspaper

Special Points
Nine of our students have been awarded national distinction for their writing through the High School Journalism Initiative/American Society of News Editor.
Two were awarded Honorable Mention for their writing by Youth Journalism International.
The JMA Debate Team placed 2nd in the District Debate Championship in 2012.
One student was recognized three times in 2012 by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Five students have previously been nominated to serve as Youth Leader Ambassadors at the Washington Journalism Conference.
Numerous students have participated in the summer investigative reporting workshop with C-HIT.
Students are exposed to the national spotlight this academic year through CPBN affiliation and PBS NewsHour.
HPS Teacher of the Year Finalist 2009-2010
Teacher Fellow at the Association of School News Editors Reynolds High School Journalism Institute at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University
100 Students completed internships in media-related locations
Courses available in graphic arts, social media. digital photography, television and radio production, sports journalism, blogging and online media.

What People Are Saying
Students Say : “I’ve learned some great skills in media and loved my internship.”
Parents Say : “I never knew my kid could learn these things in a public school.”
Teachers Say : “Our students are starting to discover that they have something to say to the world.”

Zone: 1
Before Care: no
After School: no
150 Tower Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:45 am-2:55 pm

Royal blue button-down shirt with logo, black uniform pants.

The uniform is a reflection of the academic and professional learning students receive at JMA.

Languages Taught:

Spanish, 9-12

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