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FS Journalism Staff Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to be on the Journalism staff.

Step 1:  Enroll in “Digital Journalism” by the enrollment deadline. If you aren’t accepted to staff, one of your alternate classes will be substituted.

Step 2: Make sure to complete the online application ( by March 28.

Step 3: Your application will be emailed to you (almost instantly, if you don’t get it contact Mrs Folsom in rm 201).

Step 4: Make sure to print & submit a signed copy of the FINAL PAGE ONLY of this application to rm 201 by 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

Step 5: Sign up for an interview on April 17 or 18. (


EIGHTH GRADERS: Freshman (fall semester) are NOT eligible to apply for a publication staff until they have taken at least ONE of the preparatory courses (21st Century Journalism, Graphic Design, Photo I). Freshmen CAN apply in November to be on a publication staff in their freshman spring semester.


To avoid frustration when filling out this application…


  1.  Make sure you have time to complete the entire application in one sitting. There is no way to save your responses and come back to finish.
  2. Complete your answers to the Short Answer questions BEFORE filling out this online application. Preview the Short Answer questions here:
  3. Make sure to ask your teachers’ permission BEFORE submitting their names to recommend you.
  4. Photo, Design and Reporting applicants: you will be asked to submit 3 examples of your work. Pull these together BEFORE you start this online application.



  1.  Do NOT hit “back” on your web browser or you will lose your application.
  2.  Make sure to click on “Submit” when you are finished or your application will NOT be saved.



  1.  Print the FINAL PAGE OF your application (this will be emailed to you after you “submit” your application), sign and have your parents sign before turning into room 201 by Thursday, March 28.
  2. Sign up for an interview on Wednesday, April 17 or Thursday, April 18: To preview some of the questions that could be asked during the interview…

NOTE: Returning journalism staffers do not have to sign up for an interview.


WARNING: Anyone who does NOT submit a signed application / sign up and appear for an interview will NOT be considered for a publications staff position.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact me by email. Laurie L. Folsom at [email protected] or stop by rm 201.


Final Staff decisions will be made by April 26 and those accepted AND those not accepted will be notified.


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