Broadcast Journalism Syllabus


Ms. Shotts ~ Room 1112/1313

OFFICE HOURS: 2nd hour; before and after school

Global Student News Network

PirateTV Youtube Channel

PirateTV on

Course Description: Broadcast journalism is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with basic broadcast writing style and develop on-camera techniques. In addition, students will explore the history of radio and television and examine the responsibilities and ethics of broadcast journalists.

Students will learn the basics of television production. The class begins with the history of broadcast journalism and moves to the exploration of story types. Students will be trained in digital video camera techniques, including the basics of shooting and electronically editing video stories. This class collaborates with the print journalism (newspaper & yearbook) classes to combine /converge print media with broadcast media, for publication on the Internet.

Students will learn to write in broadcast style and will produce video announcements which will be broadcast (via the student-operated online newspaper) to the student body on a consistent basis. The prospective student acknowledges and agrees to the necessity for occasional after-hours (early mornings, evenings, weekends, etc.) work to cover stories and meet deadlines. The commitment to meeting deadlines means the student must be able to exercise good time-management, and from time-to-time give priority to their broadcast responsibilities over other non-essential outside activities.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion • Group/individual activities • Writing assignments • Current Events (The information can also be found watching local TV news. We will discuss the news daily, but you should become accustomed to the media and what is happening in the world around you.)

Course Goals

  • Develop skills necessary to create a good video story. • Provide students with a working knowledge of publication workflow. • Provide an overview of content and an introduction to basic broadcast concepts. • Students improve photography, filming and writing skills.

We will produce a 4-5 minute newscast (PirateTV) segment once a week. This is done with the understanding that we will follow professional broadcast rules, dress, and professionalism. This newscast will be viewed by students, faculty and the community at least once a week.

Classroom Rules

  • Respect, maintain and be safe with each other, yourself, materials and equipment. • Be an active listener. • Stay on-task and work during class time. • Clean up after yourself. I am not your momma! If it’s left on a table or desk you are giving permission for it to be tossed. • No food or drink at computers. Bottled water is OK

Press Passes: The atmosphere here will be somewhat relaxed; ongoing discussion will be necessary; moving around the room is encouraged on newsroom days. Through the use of a Press Pass, you will be able to travel the building during the journalism period on course-related business. But remember, any abuse of this privilege will result in loss of this opportunity, hurting your ability to finish assignments.



  •       Reporter’s notebook (1 provided by EHS)
  •       One notebook and folder dedicated to journalism note taking and in-class writing/assignments
  •       KEEP all class materials and all interview notes!



DEADLINES and LATE WORK: In this class, we will work under the assumption that you are a journalist. Therefore, deadlines will be taken seriously. Meeting deadlines is required in the actual production of a news product; it also prepares you for your future job and/or college.

Unexcused absences do not warrant make-up privileges. For any excused absence, it is your responsibility to ask about missed work. You will be given one day for every day absent to turn work in.

GOING ‘LIVE’: As we learn the pieces of journalism, we will actually do broadcast journalism. PirateTV is the real-life, working newsroom staff of the EHS Pirateer website and community. So, throughout the semester, your work has the opportunity to go “live” and be seen by our high school and community. Always have that in mind, and learn well from the staff nearby.

GRADING: Each week, your grades will be posted on Infinite Campus. Please take note of your score and talk to me about any discrepancies as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to keep track of your progress and grade.

In Broadcast/Journalism, you will be graded on how you apply what you learn, your contributions to the newscast, website and social media sites. During this semester, your grades will be determined based on the following areas:

  •       Skill assignments (individual assessments of types of journalism) – 100 points each
  •       News journals and news/skill quizzes (alternating weeks) – 20 points each
  •       In-class practice assignments (formative) – 10 points each
  •       Final content for newscast, web and social media – 100 points

EXTRA HELP POLICY: Each of you can get additional, individualized help during class, before school, during lunch, or after school. Especially if you don’t have access to a computer or the Internet at home, feel free to spend extra time in the good ol’ journalism room. It’s a great place to be, and once you are a journalism student, you are ALWAYS welcome here.

PLAGIARISM: To submit another’s efforts as your own, or to make up sources or misquote sources, is plagiarism – an unethical act that is a serious offense. It is expected that you will submit only your own work in this course.

Student MUST revise anything plagiarized.

  •       Student must attend required tutorials or conference with the teacher about portions of the essay that need improvement; tutorial may also be assigned for actual revision time.
  •       Reflection paper must be completed and turned in with revision.
  •       Revision or retake is re-evaluated, and new grade is recorded (including points taken off of rubric for late work).

Sadly, in the last few decades, high-profile journalists have been caught in plagiarism or unethical behavior and have lost much because of it. This issue can become tricky at times but know you can clarify with me if you feel unsure about something.

Content of class (in order)


  • History
  • Ethics
  • Writing to be heard and seen
  • Audio
  • Lighting
  • Planning/storyboarding
  • Interviewing
  • Attribution
  • Stand-ups
  • B-roll (composition, Rule of 3rds, Natural Sound)
  • Editing (iMovie, Final Cut Pro)
  • Live broadcasts (news/sports)
  • Podcasts
  • Working in TV/Markets/Ratings


In the links below, follow Don’s curriculum, which he uses for both levels of Broadcasting he teachers at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. 
(Not all curriculum listed was originally created by Don, but was shared freely online by other credible sources.)
Top 10 activities for a first level Broadcast course
Detailed links for first level Broadcast lessons
Easy ways to incorporate video lesson plan PRESENTATION
Headline Newscast5 W’s and HBroadcast news writing
Multimedia Package
Music Video and Music Video Scoring Guide
News package
PSA and PSA rubric
Script – full format show
Video Essay
Video Documentary

Pieces for lessons taken from

Starting Out




Reporting & Anchoring

Mobile/Online Video

Live Broadcasting


Photo Multimedia



We will create an account with It’s a free service for students with hundreds of thousands of student produced videos. is one of the single biggest factors in my programs success. Students can view videos, tutorials, take part in contests, publish their videos to the world, AND it’s not blocked in schools like YouTube and Vimeo.

You will need to master the skills of a news story, then you can move on to PSA’s, commercials, documentaries, longer news features, sports features, etc. seamlessly.  

The Next 26: Great Lesson Plans




Course Content:

Camera and Composition

1. The functions and proper handling of cameras, cases, batteries, tapes, tripods, dollies, and microphones.

2. The proper framing and application of a variety of camera shots and angles.

  • Establishing shot
  • Medium shot
  • Close-up
  • Extreme Close-up
  • Bust shot
  • Macro shot
  • Over the shoulder shot
  • Cross shot
  • Long shot
  • Tilted shot
  • Unstable horizon shot

3. The purpose and application of compositional elements.

  • Framing
  • Headroom
  • Backgrounds
  • Depth of Field
  • Leading Lines
  • Level of Action
  • Lead room/Newsroom

4. Camera movement techniques.

  • Panning
  • Tilting
  • Trucking
  • Dollying
  • Zooming

5. Identification and application of aesthetic techniques.

  • Light
  • Space
  • Time/Motion
  • Sound

6. Preproduction planning strategies.

  • Shot lists
  • Storyboarding
  • Prop lists
  • Shot sequence development
  • Scripts

Non-Linear Editing

1. The historical development of editing.

2. Editing schemas

  • Relational editing
  • Acceleration editing
  • Montage editing
  • Compilation editing
  • Continuity editing

3. Video Editing Guidelines

4. The purpose of edit decision lists.

5. The value of evaluating and logging footage.

6. Overview information and procedural steps for performing common tasks and making movies in Sony Vegas.


Media Literacy

1. The impact of television and media on society.

2. The core concepts of media literacy.

  • All media messages are constructed.
  • Media messages are constructed using a creative language with its own rules.
  • Different people experience the same message differently.
  • Media have embedded values and points of view.
  • Media messages are constructed to gain profit and/or power.

3. Why media literacy is important.

4. Media Rating Systems

5. Media Ownership

6. The impact of the media in Presidential Campaigns (election year).

7. The components and purpose of Public Service Announcements.

Broadcast News

1. News Values.

  • Impact
  • Timeliness
  • Prominence
  • Proximity
  • Conflict
  • Currency
  • Bizarre or Unusual

2. The four C’s of broadcast writing:

  • Correctness
  • Clarity
  • Conciseness
  • Color

3. Broadcast story structure

  • Strong Lead
  • Climax
  • Cause
  • Effect

4. Broadcast writing style and conventions.

5. Television script formats.

  • Reader (RDR)
  • Package (PKG)
  • Voice-Over (VO)
  • Voice-Over with sound on tape (VO/SOT)

6. Television script cues.

7. The components, purpose, and design of the news ticker.

8. The code of ethics and professional conduct developed by the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

9. Interviewing techniques for video.

10. The process of producing a news package.

11. Various careers in the television news industry and jobs available in our WCAT-TV studio.

12. The news markets.

13. Media ratings periods (Sweeps) and the functions of Nielsen Media Research.

14. Sources of news information.

15. The role of the news anchor and on-camera performance techniques.

16. Career highlights from award-winning television professionals.

17. The components of producing a live news show.


The course will include various types of graded activities including:

Course Projects:

§  Video Camera/Camera Shots:

§  Composition

§  Shot Sequences: The Stolen Box/The Basketball Miracle/The Chase

§  Non-Linear Editing: Skills Test, Green Screen Project

§  Aesthetics: Media Critique, Interpretation of Literature

§  Music and Graphic Production

§  Instructional Video

§  Public Service Announcement

§  Student Spotlight

§  Broadcast News Stories

§  Broadcast News Show

Media Critiques

Certification Exams




Week Topic
1 What is a Broadcast journalist?

History of Journalism


Functions and roles of mass media

Current Events

2 Ethics in Broadcast/Journalism

News Writing/ Workshops 1 and 2 (Teens Fight the Fitness Battle (and Their Media Sources) >

4 News Writing assignment & article review
5 Reporting Basics/ Workshops
6 Reporting assignment & article review

The Art of Interviewing REALLY?: Teaching Students to Ask Critical Questions >


Media and the Democratic Process

Attribution? Who said what??

How To Podcast

9 Photojournalism

This includes

10 Writing for TV news and delivering stories (pkgs and anchoring)

11 TV production (everything behind the scenes)
12 TV production (everything behind the scenes)
13 Sports Reporting/Beats/News ideas
14 Sports Broadcast assignment & article review
15 NewsCast presentation
16 Social Media platforms
17 Social Media ethics
18 Finals Review & Final Test



History of Journalism:

The story of journalism

Highlights from the history of journalism, from Mark Twain and Lois Lane to … Welcome to the world of journalism!!


Before you begin learning how to report and write stories, take a tour of the heroes and history that brought us this far.


6 Newsroom heroes, legends and folklore
Highlights from the history of journalism, from Mark Twain and Lois Lane to “Citizen Kane.”

8 The birth of journalism
How newspapers were established in America — and how the fight for a free press led to war.

10 News in the 19th century Mass media dominated city streets, while yellow journalism gave reporters a bad name.

12 News in the 20th century Radio and television threaten the media monopoly newspapers enjoyed for centuries.

14 Today’s changing media landscape
The availability of news online has created new opportunities and challenges for journalists.

16 The student journalists’ news attitude survey
Compare your news consumption habits to those of hundreds of other students nationwide.


Pick 1 History of American Journalism quizlet

Day 2: 

CNN Student News

Current Events-What is Journalism?

5 W’s of lead writing

Day 3: 

Create a website at

(make sure Ms. Shotts has your URL)

Curating a complete news story:

Page 101

Ethics in Journalism!

We will take the Student Press Law quiz at the end of this module!

What is “Fair Use?” What is “copyright?” These are two important terms you need to know well in order to post content on our website and on PirateTV!

Let’s take a moment to review “Fair Use” We start with this video!

We use Link Journalism to link back to an original source:

News Writing workshop


Finish WK2 Critiques
News writing styles


Glossary of Newspaper Terms – Post to your blog
WK2 My Media Blog post

Monday (WK3 Critique)
Critique 2 (Here is a link for news critiques for journalism)
Do ALL three:
Stateman-Journal story)


Workshop 1 – BLOG

What Makes News or What Makes News
3 Reporters Style Guide

Attribution- The use of said.

Journalism News Definitions (PPT)

news writing vocabulary for web


Interviewing Tips:

  1. Leave subject in natural environment that fits story
  2. Make it a conversation
  3. Don’t be afraid of silence
  4. The power of the open-ended question
  5. Do a pre-interview (make them comfortable)
  6. Don’t cut it short
  7. If they’ve dodged a question, re-phrase it
  8. Ask, “is there anything you would like to add?”

Tips to master the art of interviewing –

Oct 1, 2010 – Editor’s note: Interviewing is the cornerstone of good journalism, and thestories you tell are only as good as the information you get. Eight CNN …

The Art of Interviewing – SlideShare

Dec 6, 2013 – The Art of Interviewing is part of our ‘This Is How We Do It Series’. This is for you if you want to undertake interviews that give you rich insight …

Marc Pachter: The art of the interview | TED Talk |

Pachter main points:

  1. Figure out how you encounter people and what you want to find out about them
  2. A good interview is never about intellect, it’s about their energy, their life force
  3. Modest people make poor interviewees
  4. How do you get through barriers
  5. Get them to open up-What is the key that allows it to proceed?
  6. Affectionate arm wrestling
  7. Empathy-feel what they want to say
  8. Everybody is waiting to be asked about their story

Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history. 

Campaign Essentials Video
Partner up(15 minutes)
Does The Media Affect the Democratic Process?
Answer questions individually on your web page
Does Media Affect the Democratic Process?

Attribution- The use of said.

fun quiz
Americans Know More About Simpsons than First Amendment
Bill of Rights
parade amendment form

What is Freedom of the Press?
Tell me what you think it is and why it is important.

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Convergent Media
Television Critique –
(Choose a video news report and critique it)

Critique directly to your blog


Yes or No Handout


Why did Thomas Jefferson say that he preferred…


Free and Open Press
– Is it important that we have a free and open press Why/Why not?

-What would happen if we didn’t have a free and open press?

-Would it be better or worse? Why/Why not?

-Would social media be different? How?
Workshop 4a – BLOG

Writing a news package

Follow these steps to create a traditional broadcast news TV story package:

I. Focus

Pick a story focus and stick to it as best you can – remember you have precious little time to tell this story, so pick out a very narrow topic to convey to your audience.

II. Report/Shoot/Interview

Decide what you’re going to shoot for cover video/b-roll by asking yourself, “What visuals will best help me tell my story?”

Decide what interviews you’ll need. As a beginning reporter, limit yourself to no more than 3 on-camera interviews (unless you’re at an event and you just want to get a variety of opinions about something).

Remember, there is a lot of journalism that can be done WITHOUT getting the interview on-camera. Some interviews can be done over the phone to gather information. You may paraphrase what experts tell you.

III. Capture Video/Audio and Log Tape

Capture (import) your video and take notes on what you see and hear. Taking notes is called “logging your tape,” and it includes noting where things are within the run of the tape/file. You also may want to make notes about a particularly good shot or other parts you know you’ll want to use. You can also listen to your interviews for compelling pieces of information that you were too preoccupied to notice when you first recorded the interview (yes, this happens). In some cases you might transcribe entire interviews.

IV. Writing your Package Script:

You can keep the video editor open while you craft your story in a text file. This will help as you structure things and make sure all soundbites are transcribed accurately word-for-word into the script.

Write your lead/opening first. (To do this… Think about what your best visuals are. Then think about how you might connect those visuals with the main point of your story and why people should care about it. Start writing, then edit it down to two or three concise sentences to get the story going.)

Ideally what is being said and what we see onscreen throughout your story will correspond in a way that makes sense. This is called referencing.

Write the body of your copy/narration and support with soundbites. Note the duration (in seconds) of each soundbite in your script.

Write an ending to your story. You may NOT end on a soundbite. You may paraphrase something that your interview subject told you or add one more fact that closes out the story.

After that last narration, the final line of your story is what’s called your outcue, standard outcue or SOC. For KOMU, the proper style is “[Your Name], KOMU 8 News, [City/Town where you reported from]”: Lynda Kraxberger, KOMU 8 News, Columbia.

The final step in script writing is to make sure your story is the right length. Time yourself reading your narration, add to that the total duration of all your soundbites, and compare with the desired length of your story. If it’s too long, edit your story down and keep repeating until you know you have the right amount of material in the script.

V. Voicing:

Once your script is ready and you have approval from a faculty editor (not necessary for the 7802 class assignment), voice your story using an audio recorder.

VI. Editing your story:

Import your narration voice track into the video editing software along with all your video clips. Edit your story and export your video.  Make sure your exported video file is not too big. You should not be saving any video files larger than 50MB to the Classes Server. (If the file is larger than that, you did not use the right export settings.)


Website evaluation

How do you know if you can trust a website? There are numerous ways to figure it out! Let’s go through this lesson!

Is it real? Is it true?

Also, let’s talk about how to determine if a story on the internet is true or not!

Fake Check Scams | OnGuard Online…/0002d-fakechecksc

Scam Check Station.html – Scambusters

Downloading is stealing
How They Make Money

 Piracy Discussion – Turn into your Google folder as WK6 Music
How do you listen/access music?
Do you buy music?
Do you stream music? What sites?
Do you go to concerts?
How do people who create music and develop legal services get paid?
What role does copyright play in the creation of music and in the different jobs in the creative industries?
What do you think of all the legal online services available?
Do you see things changing?

Scavenger hunt
Social Media

1. How do social media sites stack up on news?
2.How do social media users participate in news?
3.How do social media users discover news?
4.What’s the news experience like on Facebook?

5. How does social media impact the discussion of news events? 

Next, because this class is called “Journalism” we need to look at Digital Photography!

Walsworth yearbooks is the foremost authority in teaching students how to use a camera properly.

They have kindly given us permission to use the lessons they developed just for you!


Here are the five lessons and exercises, plus the glossary:

Photo Lesson Plan 1 – Digital camera basics

Photo Lesson Plan 2 – Photo composition

Photo Lesson Plan 3 – Visual storytelling

Photo Lesson Plan 4 – Viewing and critiquing

Photo Lesson Plan 5 – Photo ethics

Photo Lesson Plan – Glossary of photo terms

Feature Stories


Work down your story and this is your ticket out the door.

Peer review
Rewrite News story and turn it in.

Step 1 – Come up with FOUR news story ideas that may make a good FEATURE story to be published December 19th
Step 2 – Do a web search and come up with THREE story ideas
Story Idea_______________________
Who will you interview(3 per story)?

Wednesday– (Work on initial draft)
Story assigned by Mr. E – questions about your story?

What are you having problems with?
What is going well?
What is the next step?
Everyone will be in a different spot in the project so please ask me questions…..

Friday –   Workday and revisions day
2nd Draft due/Peer review



5 w's journalism
news story assignment worksheet help
newspaper story assignment


Do only the second one(page 162)

Press Freedoms



news story assignment worksheet help
newspaper story assignment

Peer edit, revise and turn in your story.
Turn in your story idea on paper
5W’s and an H
What other information do I need?

Write a LEAD for you story
Turn in on paper


Story ideas
1 How to find story ideas – Read
2 Developing Story Ideas – Read
3 Formula for a Well written article – Read –

Come up with your own idea and post as WK11 Story ideas

Look for 5 story ideas

Fill out story idea sheet to turn inStory Idea Sheet

    Story ideasIDEAS:Check local and daily newspapers
  • Check Internet sites of teen interest and schools
  • Check online student newspapers
  • Talk with the school’s public relations person
  • Talk with coaches, guidance counselors, secretaries and the principal
  • Talk with the principal’s advisory group or cabinet
  • Talk with student council members and the sponsor
  • Survey teachers about unusual assignments, clubs they sponsor, students in their classes who are involved in interesting activities.
  • “Beat Letters” for all clubs, organizations, teams, department heads, PTA, custodian or maintenance works, librarians.
  • Contact parent groups, such as athletic boosters or band boosters
  • Walk around the school and take note of posted fliers
  • Look at the sports calendar, district calendar and school calendar
  • Ask your friends what they would like to see in the paper
  • Survey students in the school newspaper or as a class assignment
  • Contact cafeteria workers, bus drivers, maintenance personnel, etc.
  • Watch local and national news programs for stories that might interest your audience
  • Exchange newspapers with other schools
  • Brainstorm in class
  • Seek out students, coaches, teachers, staff, alumni or clubs to profile
  • Contact the alunni group
  • Check out other media for new releases, such as CDs, movies or books
  • “Play Detective” — ask questions about things that have sparked your curiosity
  • Ask your peers to write letters to the editor, columns, editorial cartoons or to participate in “man-on-the-street” columnns
  • Check out school policies or the code of conduct
  • Attend school board meetings

3 Assignment Preparation Sheet


Famous leads
Writing the Lead
What to Avoid In Leads
Lead Writing Exercise
WK11 Lead Practice
Come up with a story idea a HARD NEWS STORY – not an opinion or a feature

Turn in your story idea on Google Drive – WK11 News Story Idea
5W’s and an H
What other information do I need?

Write a LEAD for you story (If you can)
Turn in on your Google drive – WK11 Lead

Clean up your Google Drive

Future of Journalism?

Pair Interview
Writing Interviews
Write and POST your Lead from the interview


“Zero TV” Homes?
Cable Cutting

Wednesday –

Hack Heaven
Questions after reading Hack Heaven
Post your thoughts as WK9 Hack Heaven

Go over Hack Heaven story – Pennenberg article

WK9 Trustworthy
Rank the following types of people in terms of their trustworthiness:
Teenagers                Teacher                    Financial Adviser
Child under 10         Journalist                  Factory worker
Parent                       Doctor                       Plumber
Grandparent            Real Estate Agent    Poet

  • Why did you rank them as you did?
  • How important was your past experience in shaping your views of these categories of people?
  • Were there any that you categorized as either high or low trust according to second-hand reports?
  • If so, which ones?POST TO BLOG AS WK9 Trustworthy

Shattered Glass Activities
SG Activity 1

SG Activity 2

If time…
Off The Record?

You are being interviewed by a major news publication, and you tell the reporter something that is “off the record.”
You use a slightly vulgar word to describe someone else’s recent actions. A reporter from a news department overhears what you said, and he tweets that statement to the world.
After he does, he claims he did not know that what you said was “off the record.”

Please EXPLAIN your answers on your blog

– Is this a violation of journalistic ethics?  Illegal? Why or why not?
– How would you feel if this happened to you?
– Is it OK to do it on Twitter rather than the newspaper? Why or Why not?
– Is it different if it happens to the President rather than a common citizen?
– Should it be different for the President?

1 How much do you know about Watergate
3 Before-you-watch
4 Watergate pictures

Watch All the President’s Men


Watergate handout Exercise 2
5 All the Presidents Men

 Moral and ethical issues

Newscast Production

Now it is time to write out a newscast!!!

First, we go to the PBS website and learn about the components!!

Day 1

Lesson Activities:                                                                                                                                                                      

Do Now: Lead Writing-“Describe the 5 W’s and one H and how important it is to include all of these aspects in the lead paragraph”

Essential Question: Does proper preparation really lead to perfect performance or prevent poor performance? What about the human element?

Assign Roles: Producer, Assistant Producer, writers, graphics/director, camera operators

Students work in groups to put together mock rundown, time segments, commercials and teases

1 News 2:30 2:30
2 News :30 3:00
3 News 1:30 4:30
4 News :30 5:00
5 News 2:30 7:30
6 News 1:00 8:00
7 Spots 2:00 10:00
8 News 1:30 12:00
9 News 1:30 13:30
10 News :30 15:00
11 News :30 15:30
12 Spots 2:00 16:00
13 Weather 3:30 18:00
14 Spots 2:00 21:30
15 Sports 3:30 23:30
16 Spots 2:00 27:00
17 Recap 1:00 29:00
18 Kicker 1:00 30:00

Materials Needed:

Producer program, computer

Day 2

Lesson Activities:


Do Now: Story Curration- Write out a list of 5 stories (News of the day), 3 sports stories and 1 weather story


Assign Roles: Producer, Assistant Producer, writers, graphics/director, camera operators

Essential Question: (Continued)   Does proper preparation really lead to perfect performance or prevent poor performance? What about the human element?                                                                                                                                                             

Students brainstorm content for show, stories, pieces

Groups of 3 will write newscast

Think-pair-share with other groups who can add more content to newscast

Materials Needed:

Paper, pencil

Day 3

Lesson Activities:                                                                                                                                                                      

Do Now: Calls to Action-List 5 ways to use the Call to Action ending in stories (on air, on web, on social media)

Essential Question: Are anchors and reporters delivering the news required to look professional in order to be an authoritative figure? Are they too stuffy and out of touch?

Assign Roles: Producer, Assistant Producer, writers, graphics/director, camera operators

Students shoot and edit video needed for newscast. (Students unsure of shooting technique can write out a shot sheet before beginning the video process)

Materials Needed:

Video camera, tapes, batteries, mic, tri-pod, HD cards

Day 4

Lesson Activities:                                                                                                                                                                      

Do Now: Photography-Describe the rule of 1/3’s and why it is important for a story to be visually pleasing as well as well written.


Essential Question: Are older news anchors out of touch with the youth of today?


Assign Roles: Producer, Assistant Producer, writers, graphics/director, camera operators

Work on professionalism:

  • Well dressed
  • Well groomed
  • Intelligent talk
  • Correct grammar
  • Posture


Materials Needed:


Day 5

Lesson Activities:


Do Now: Production-Who has the most important job over the course of a newscast production?


Essential Question: If a news anchor stumbles through the newscast, are they not as authoritative as one who has a smooth delivery?

Assign Roles: Producer, News Anchor, Sports, Weather, Camera, Director

Students will put all of the pieces together to deliver a full :30 minute newscast

Post-newscast critique

  • Self and group assessment on performance using academic language

Students will post final product to Englewood High school web site


Materials Needed:

Full TV studio set up

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