Scholastic broadcast journalism programs are on the rise! I am an Emmy-award winning television writer/producer and experienced journalism educator and this comprehensive BROADCAST JOURNALISM BUNDLE provides everything the broadcast media advisor and journalism instructor needs for a full semester of instruction.
15 separate products total over 200 pages of materials including detailed lesson plans; lecture notes; activities, overheads, worksheets and assessments with answer keys, rubrics, PowerPoints, handouts, and links to additional resources.
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This BUNDLE includes:
CUSTOMIZABLE STAFF MANUAL FOR STUDENT TELEVISION
This best-selling product provides a 36-page customizable Staff Manual with everything the Media Adviser needs to convey staff procedures; a production schedule; style guidelines for shooting, writing, and editing; and essential legal documents and ethics guidelines. This Staff Manual even includes a BONUS LIST OF 18 FULLY-DEVELOPED STORY IDEAS that are perfect for scholastic and collegiate journalists, complete with story summaries, suggestions for sources to interviews AND links to credible statistics and research to support each story.
LESSON PLAN: CREATING AN ETHICS MISSION STATEMENT FOR STUDENT JOURNALISTS This lesson plan is designed to engage students in the creation of an ethics mission statement that will be used internally and shared with the public so that they, too, can gauge the journalists’ success in being both accurate and trustworthy in the fair, accurate and ethical pursuit of stories. The 6-page lesson plan includes detailed lecture notes; handouts; and 3 research and writing activities.
LESSON PLAN: CREATING A SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY FOR STUDENT JOURNALISTS Advances in digital and mobile technologies have increased the speed and ease with which information is disseminated, making it easier for raw data (unsubstantiated and/or out of context), rumors, and propaganda to spread. This 8-page lesson plan includes detailed lecture notes, and discussion questions about the responsible use and role of social media in sourcing, authenticating, and repeating information; ethical and legal considerations for student journalists using social media; and guidelines for reporting and promoting news via social media.
LESSON PLANS –INTRODUCTION TO BROADCAST WRITING
In this age of convergent media, student journalists must understand the distinction between writing for print and writing for broadcast, and why those differences exist. This set of TWO COMPLETE LESSON PLANS totals 49 pages and offers detailed lecture notes; overheads; handouts; worksheets with answer keys; a formative assessment; and a summative assessment.
LESSON PLAN –STRUCTURING BROADCAST NEWS STORIES
For scholastic broadcast journalists who are ready to move beyond the basics, this 32-page lesson plan provides instruction for proper story structure for broadcast news to maximize clarity and lessen the chance of inaccurate news diffusion. This product includes lecture notes with highlighted vocabulary and script examples; writing activities with answer keys; and individual writing assessments with answer keys.
LESSON PLAN: HOW TO WRITE A VO/SOT SCRIPT This lesson plan that teaches broadcast journalism students how to properly write and produce field packages, known as the VO/SOT PACKAGE script format. It is 8 pages total and includes a reference handout with highlighted vocabulary; step-by-step instructions and script examples; a 2-colum script template; and a summative assessment/assignment.
RUBRIC FOR BROADCAST VO/SOT PACKAGES This comprehensive RUBRIC for Broadcast VO/SOT Packages allows teachers and media advisers to evaluate students’ VO/SOT packages with specific details to pinpoint successes and struggles in 8 distinct content areas including Story structure; Clear and conversational writing style; Grammar, spelling, and journalism style requirements; Primary and Secondary source selection and utilization; Proper script format; Technical requirements for shooting; and Technical requirements for editing.
LESSON PLAN: CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS IN THE STUDIO AND IN THE FIELD Broadcast journalists must master a range of skills to elicit quality information that contributes to fair, accurate and ethical storytelling. This lesson plan introduces students to the multi-step process for planning and conducting successful broadcast interviews, attending to both content and technical requirements. It includes lecture notes; links to instructional resources; in-class practice interview activities; instruction on technical requirements for interviews; handouts; and an assessment/assignment.
LESSON PLAN: ADDING STAND-UPS TO A BROADCAST NEWS STORY Scholastic broadcast journalists must learn these standards and conventions in order to meet the requirements for content, technical and ethical needs in fair and accurate reporting. This lesson plan is designed to teach the specific elements of ADDING STAND-Ups to a VO/SOT package, explaining all of the elements. It includes detailed lecture notes; overhead; a writing activity; and a handout.
PPT -ON-CAMERA PERFORMANCE SKILLS FOR ANCHORS AND REPORTERS This comprehensive 32-slide PowerPoint reveals step-by-step instructions and performance advice based on broadcast industry standards and it will teach student Anchors and Reporters how to project authority using appropriate body language and voice techniques. It includes handouts, lecture notes, links to video and audio examples, and instruction for all facets of on-camera presentation, from hair/make-up/wardrobe requirements to how to sit at the anchor desk; proper techniques for standing while reporting; interpreting scripts; reading from teleprompter; and handling microphones.
RUBRIC FOR ON CAMERA SKILLS Students’ on-camera skills can improve at a much more rapid pace once they can isolate specific performance challenges. This one-page rubric is an efficient method for teachers to assess and constructively critique a News Anchor or Field Reporter performance, allowing you to provide neutral and specific feedback in multiple areas, including, Technical Skills, Vocal Presentation, Visual Presentation, Credibility and Accuracy.
LESSON PLAN: PRODUCING NEWSCASTS AND ORGANIZING RUNDOWNS Scholastic newscasts can be organized according to the same guidelines professional newscasts use. Your viewers aren’t really that different from a general TV audience! They are watching your newscast for stories about the school community… stories that will inform, entertain, and inspire them. This 5-page lesson plan is designed to help students structure a school newscast using the same framework as a local commercial station by first studying local newscasts; creating a master list of student-produced story ideas; and then, using this new knowledge to create a school newscast patterned after the commercial news rundowns. It includes lecture notes, links to resources, examples, a homework assignment, and an assessment to demonstrate students’ understanding of concepts, and an assignment rubric.
HANDOUT GUIDE TO REQUESTING PUBLIC RECORDS This full-color one-page handout provides scholastic journalists with a clear summary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); how to obtain access to government records and documents; a sample letter requesting a public document; an explanation of rights to attend a public meeting; and resources to learn more about FOIA and state-by-state open records and open meetings laws and exemptions.
HANDOUT LIBEL CHECKLIST FOR STUDENT JOURNALISTS
No journalist – scholastic or professional – is exempt from media law, including libel laws. This colorful one-page handout provides a succinct checklist to help scholastic journalists understand the 5 elements of libel law. It also includes a suggested list of topics to consider carefully, as they pose specific risks and exposure to potential libel cases.
HANDOUT REPORTER PRIVILEGE Reporter’s Privilege and shield laws vary from state to state, and not all of them are clear about whether their protections extend to student journalists. This 2-page customizable handout summarizes Reporter Privilege and provides guidelines for mass media and scholastic journalists to better understand their rights, risks, and responsibilities as they gather information and maintain confidential sources. Instructors can customize the handout to reflect a specific state law. (Link provided to state-by-state guide.)