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4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson Arizona 85718
Phone number: 520-209-8300 | Fax: 520-209-8520
Attendance Line: 520-209-8318
Counseling Office 520-209-8305
Health Office: 520-209-8304
Athletics Office: 520-209-8412
Registrar: 520-209-8385
School Code: 030476

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Catalina Foothills High School

Career and Technical Education Courses

Digital Communications - Journalism (Program Closing May 2018)

Digital Communications instructional program prepares the students to collect, write, edit and present the news utilizing a variety of mediums, i.e. newspaper, magazine, yearbook, blog. Digital Communications is a form of writing that tells people about things that really happened but that they might not know about. These individuals might work for newspapers, magazines, websites, TV or radio. These students will gather, analyze and disseminate socially relevant information in a consistent, transparent and honest way.

Digital Communications (2-year program) - Program Closing May 2018

  • Intro: Writing for News, 10th-12th grade
  • Writing for Investigative Reporting, 11th-12th grade

Students should choose two year-long courses offered in this program in order to complete a course sequence to be considered a Concentrator to be prepared for the industry certification.

CTSO Membership: Skills USA

Leads to Industry certification: Adobe Photoshop

School Newspaper: Falcon Voice

College Options:

University of Arizona

Arizona State University

Best Journalism Colleges Princeton Review

Employment Outlook:

News Reporters, $38,970 - $61,490 annual (

Over half of all news reporters work for newspapers.Image of laptop viewing news.

Major employers:

  • Newspapers and news magazines
  • Radio and television stations

Professional Bloggers and Podcasters, Emerging field

Editors, $46,450 annual (

Major employers:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Book publisher

Alumni Stories

Miguel Otarola ‘12

Journalism has been my passion ever since I took my first class in it at Foothills. I joined the , eventually becoming the editor. That was a strange year: we all had to get used to a new medium, and with that, a completely new understanding of what journalism means in the 21st century. We couldn’t be just another forum, or a blogger with a decency to call himself a journalist. We were more than that, all thanks to the material that our small staff was able to give to our school, our teachers, and the students.

Through my work on the Falcon Voice, I developed a strong focus on the leadership and educational aspects of journalism. I led a student-created and an award-winning news organization as editor-in-chief, and taught younger students about the advantages of supporting and creating comprehensive journalism. Throughout my experiences I've felt the value of personable leadership, direct communication and creative flexibility.

After graduation, I studied journalism at Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix. It was there where I served as the editor-in-chief of Downtown Devil, a student-run news site. I've created a strong portfolio during my college years, writing stories for The Arizona Republic, The Seattle Times, La Voz Arizona and The Boston Globe. Some of my favorite story topics inform communities about their varied cultures, and of how those cultures define the always-changing American experience. My unique background as a Chilean in America has also drawn me to work on projects related to southern border immigration and Latino culture. I am also passionate about features reporting, working as a freelance music columnist my senior year of college. I'm currently working full-time in Minneapolis for the Star Tribune. Although new to the Twin Cities, I'm quickly finding myself at home. It is cold, but you wear a jacket.

Left: Miguel at Foothills, Right: Miguel Today at Cronkite News

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