All students are welcome to join the journalism department. The department offers both classes and extra-curricular activities with the student newspaper production or yearbook production. The student newspaper, The Bulldogger, is a Cornhusker Award Winner!
News-lab and Yearbook are laboratory-style courses to support the North Platte High School Journalism extra-curricular activity. Students will be assigned specific duties to contribute to either The Bulldogger newspaper or The Round-Up yearbook. Time will generally be used to produce the student-led publications. Supplementary advanced journalism techniques will be taught as necessary.
The journalism adviser will provide a journalistically professional learning environment and experience for students, allow students to make decisions concerning content of the publication and ensure the publications will remain an open forum. In addition, the adviser will work with students to increase a variety of journalism skills. The adviser will not act as a censor, but rather as a consultant and an educator.
This course is an elective and worth 5 credit hours. Beginning Journalism, Photography or adviser approval is a prerequisite for participating in The Bulldogger newspaper or The Round-Up yearbook.
The Bulldogger newspaper won a Cornhusker award at the Nebraska High School Press Association's 2017 Fall conference.
Bryce Lee ('18) earned 3rd place in News/Feature Photography and also placed for his collaboration with In Depth reporting at the 2017 NSAA State Journalism. contest.
Will Stone ('17) & Syble Heffernan ('17) placed 2nd & 3rd in Column Writing at 2017 NSAA State Journalism.
National Geographic Photographer Brian Lehmann works closely Harmony Myers ('18) and Emma Downey ('19) advising journalism students on their photography.
National Geographic Photographer Brian Lehmann analyzes photos shot by Syble Heffernan ('17) and Pheonix VanCura Clemmons ('18) during a two-day residency program sponsored by First National Bank.
Lori Larson is a secondary-level journalism teacher at North Platte High School in Nebraska, USA. She advises the student newspaper, The North Platte Bulldogger, and the yearbook, The Round-Up. Larson also teaches beginning journalism and photography.
Lori has been teaching for over 12 years and has received several awards including a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in 2011. While living in Argentina, she worked closely with universities, local schools and individual teachers to enhance the country’s capacity to use instructional technology effectively to improve student engagement and learning. In addition to her Fulbright research, she is an accomplished educational technology consultant assisting local, national and international schools with the integration of technology into their current pedagogical practices.
Before teaching, Lori was the director of public relations for North Platte Public Schools and executive director of the North Platte Public Schools Foundation, Inc. During this time, she won several national awards of excellence in communication awards and was instrumental in the bond campaign to build a new high school. Previous to that experience, she was a reporter and anchor for KNOP-TV (NBC).
Lori has a masters of instruction and curriculum (2008) and a bachelors of arts in education (1997) both from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a bachelors of arts in journalism from the Colorado State University (1991).
Lori places “traveling” on the top of her hobby list, but also enjoys music, reading and cooking. She speaks English and basic Spanish.