The Harvard-Westlake Communications department promotes clear written and verbal communication. The department’s classes address issues regarding the relationship between communicator and audience: journalism, speech and debate, and student leadership. Understanding 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; the importance of leadership and responsibility in public communicators, stressing sensitivity to a broad range of cultures and ideologies.

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