Updated February 4, 2018
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 SWCTA.
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.
The Southwest Shadow makes every effort to publish new content daily. Regular daily posting for the 2018 school year will begin on August 21, 2017. Production is suspended during Fall Break (November 20-24) Winter Break (December 18 – January 8) and Spring Break (March 26-30). The final postings for the 2018 school year will be May 11. Additional posting may occur after this date, but due to English/Math/Science End of Course exams, Spring PBL and Semester Exams, we cannot guarantee our normal posting schedule. Longform articles take at least a month to move through the writing process. Our goal for the 2018 school year is to post four longform pieces.
For 2018, a staff of 17 will be enrolled in Journalism II to produce the Southwest Shadow online news site. Of the 17 staff members, 10 are new to the program. This will be the fifth year a section of Journalism I will be offered, separate from Journalism II. The inclusion of this introductory course in 2013 assisted in doubling enrollment for the current year.
Also for the 2018 school year, a new webmaster has joined the staff, senior Victor Taksheyev.
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: Our school does not have 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.
For any additional information, please contact adviser Mr. Matthew LaPorte.