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Capital Region Career & Technical School

New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies

Students can participate in the exciting and ever-changing world of communications through New Visions: Journalism and Media Studies. Hosted at the Times Union, the class provides opportunities to observe and work with professionals in news writing, photography and production for print, electronic and broadcast journalism. The program also includes a full broadcast career exploration component at WMHT and offsite tours of radio stations, recording studios, Hearst Corp. headquarters in Manhattan and broadcast properties in Boston.

Students learn how digital technology is changing news gathering and dissemination by participating in interactive projects with new media technologies. Special projects will include blogging and covering photo and video assignments for, including writing and shooting photographs for the High School Channel blog. New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies students also write, edit and publish their own student newspaper, The Legacy.

Honors academics and college credits, integrated with real-world work experience culminating in published work and a professional career portfolio all combine to give New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies students an edge in college applications, college study and career success.


Course credits:

  • English 12 Honors - 1 credit
  • Journalism - 1 credit
  • Mass Communications & Marketing - 1 credit
  • Economics Honors - 1/2 credit
  • Participation in Government Honors - 1/2 credit


College credits:

(optional enrollment via New Visions)

  • 3 credits as Eng 226L through the University at Albany
  • 3 credits as Engl.130 through Hudson Valley Community College
  • 3 credits as AComm 238 through University at Albany


Application Procedure:

  • Interested students must complete and mail back an application and complete an interview process during their junior year. Click below to download the application, which is in PDF format.


New Visions Journalism & Media Studies application (pdf)

Contract (pdf)


Read more about it:

  • New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies students blog, shoot, write and report on the Times Union's High School Web Channel. Check our the efforts of our intrepid journalists at


What others are saying:

"Robert Frost once said'to be a poet is a condition, not a profession.' The same is true with journalism. It's such a better alternative to sitting in school. Being a part of this program is like finding your niche in journalism."

-K.C. Orcutt, Class of 2008, New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies and Guilderland H.S.

"I think it basically is a really good opportunity. It will help me decide what area of journalism I want to pursue and how I want to advance in the field."

-Anita Vukovic Class of 2008, New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies and Guilderland H.S.


It's a fact:

  • Today's society consumes seemingly limitless amounts of news, information and entertainment at lightning speeds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in ways just dreamed of merely a few decades ago. Strong writing and communications skills are an asset in all careers and vital to success in the 21st century workplace.


Video: view a videoclip of students at the Times Union



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