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 Journalism Adviser - Scottsbluff High School

Phone: Room phone: 308-635-6248


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Journalism Adviser - Scottsbluff High School

I was born and raised in Callaway, NE, a small community located in central Nebraska.  I am a proud 1972 graduate of Callaway High School and a 1976 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Journalism.

I began my teaching career at Scottsbluff High School in the fall of 1976 and have been teaching Journalism & English at SHS since that time.

I married my wife Julie who is a registered nurse in 1979 and we have two grown daughters:  Amy and Leslie. Both of the girls are Scottsbluff High School graduates: Amy in 2001 and Leslie in 2002.  Much to my delight, both of my daughters are now elementary educators.

In my free time I enjoy cycling, college football, volleyball, and spending time with my family.   


  • The Nebraska High School Press Association Fall Convention is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 on the campus on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

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  • Yearbooks will be on sale during Parent-Teacher Conferences in October and against during the 1st week of March in 2014.. Yearooks may be purchased from Mr. Pitkin in room 130 or from any Echoes or Bluff staff member. Yearbooks may also be purchased online via credit card on the school's website. In addition, books may be purchased online at jostensyearbooks.com, which allows parents/students to customize yearbooks and use a credit card to puchase a book.

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  • Beginning Journalism - 1st Semester
    A. Interviewing
    B. Press Law
    C. Current Events (incorporated throughout the semester)
    D. Examination of different types of journalistic stories: news, sports, feature, columns, editorials, depth reports, entertainment)
    E. Headlines/Cutlines
    F. Newspaper Design
    G. Newspaper style
    Beginning Journalism - 2nd semester
    A. Yearbook
    1. Theme
    2. Section content
    3. Design
    4. Advertising
    5. Sales
    B. Photography
    1. Overview of digital photography
    2. Photo Techniques
    C. Advertising
    1. Sales techniques
    2. Types of advertising
    3. Advertising philosophies
    4. Emphasis on selling advertising for yearbooks/newspapers

    *The desktop program InDesign by Adobe will be taught throughout the year so students will be fluent prior to applying for a staff position the following year.

    Classic American Literature
    In-Depth look at four classic American novels in the following order.
    A. My Antonia by Willa Cather (late 1800's)
    B. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920's)
    C. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1930's)
    D. The Chosen by Chaim Potok (1940's)
    During the spring semester of 2016 one of the above books will be replaced with Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1940's)