The communications department promotes clear written and verbal communication and skill development in information and communications technology. Courses address contemporary issues regarding the relationship between communicator and audience. This relationship requires an appreciation of: the ethics of investigation, reporting, and advocacy; listening and observation skills and attitudes; interviewing and questioning skills and strategies; presentation skills; and the importance of leadership and responsibility in public communicators, stressing sensitivity to the broad range of cultures and ideologies represented in the community. The communications department consists of classes in journalism, yearbook, public speaking, and debate, which are offered at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. These courses of study allow students to improve their skills in media literacy, visual literacy, critical thinking, computer skills, concise writing, photography, and graphic design.