The Southwest Shadow was founded January 2010 and strives to provide an accessible news source for students, parents and the outlying community of Las Vegas. We are proud members of NSPA, JEA, CSPA, SNSJ, and Quill & Scroll.
The Southwest Shadow operates as a public open forum which provides information and entertainment in addition to various viewpoints on debatable issues in the form of editorials and columns. The content of the Southwest Shadow is determined by, and reflects only the views of, the student staff and not school officials or the school itself. Prior review is not in practice at Southwest Career and Technical Academy.
The mission of the Southwest Shadow is simple: Post news that is relevant to our school and local community. If it is not relevant, then we are not accomplishing our goals.
2021 @ SWCTA
All of Clark County School District started the school year on Aug. 24 in a distance learning model. Because of this, readers may notice a varied posting schedule as the newspaper staff learns the best ways to bring you the news during this pandemic. Clark County School District will begin making the transition to the hybrid model starting March 3 with pre-K-3rd grade classes. Additional grades will begin the hybrid model starting March 22, including 9th and 12th grades. All grades will either be in the hybrid model or full face-to-face instruction by April 5th.
Per the hybrid model, three cohorts will be setup. Currently, 163 students are enrolled in Cohort A, 174 students are enrolled in Cohort B, while the remainder of the student body will stay in distance learning in Cohort C.
As such, the Southwest Shadow will still make every effort to publish new content daily. Regular daily posting for the 2021 school year will begin on August 24, 2020. Production is modified during Fall Break (November 25-29) Winter Break (December 19 – January 3) and Spring Break (March 27 – April 5). The final regular postings for the 2021 school year will be May 7. These dates are based on the current school calendar and will be modified as updated information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s impact on school operations.
In-depth storytelling is important to the mission of our publication, but with a small staff, these stories do take a long time to produce. Because of this, our goal for the 2021 school year is to post one each semester. Fortunately, with smart planning, four teams tackled a longform topic of their choosing. The first piece was published the second week of March. Due to their timeliness, they will be posted in close proximity.
For the 2021 school year, a staff of 21 will be enrolled in Journalism II to produce the Southwest Shadow online news site. Of the 21 staff members, 13 are new to the program. This will be the eighth year a section of Journalism I will be offered, separate from Journalism II. And for the first time, there will be two Journalism II courses: one dedicated to the online news site and one dedicated to the yearbook.
Because of the structure and purpose of a career and technical school, students are automatically enrolled in a series of courses that count towards their selected program area. These classes are counted as elective courses, which means that students have minimal opportunities in their schedules to take additional electives, such as journalism. For a student to enroll in journalism, this may mean they are completing a foreign language or art course online, in addition to their normal eight classes. Finally, several program classes are only offered once within the A/B block schedule, so they are unable to enroll in journalism if their program area class conflicts with the journalism class period. We do what we do with a small staff and if the circumstances were different, we would have a larger staff, based on student interest and requests.
The Southwest Shadow will continue their convergence partnership with the staff of Rout(e) 131 Video Production staff with the goal of increasing the number of online news packages that incorporate complimentary video footage to both news and feature stories. Also, a stronger effort to incorporate The Howl yearbook staff in our work cycle is a main goal for the year.
Please note:SWCTA does not offer NCAA sanctioned sports. We have chosen to allow sports to be covered in-depth by the local city newspapers who have the resources and manpower to visit the outlying comprehensive high schools with those programs.