I am an Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and an experienced educator and I love to introduce scholastic journalists to this very exciting storytelling format!
VO/SOT packages require careful attention to detail in order to be clear about both the visual and written story components; exceptional interviewing skills; on-camera performance skills; and an understanding of how to structure a story for both clarity and impact.
This VO/SOT Bundle includes some of my most popular products plus new broadcast writing content and even a bonus handout! It comes with nine unique products, totaling nearly 140 pages of lecture notes, overhead notes, in-class assignments, home connection activities, rubrics, PowerPoint presentations, and links to additional resources. In addition, each lesson plan includes Essential Questions and/or Reflection Questions to spark discussion and deepen the experiential learning for scholastic broadcast journalists.
***PLEASE NOTE that the VO/SOT Bundle includes several of the same products provided in the more extensive Broadcast Journalism Bundle offered through my store. Compare the descriptions of both products before purchasing either, to see which one best meets your classroom needs. To my valued customers who have already purchased the BROADCAST JOURNALISM BUNDLE, most of the material from the VO/SOT Bundle is already included. Please review both product listing carefully before also purchasing the VO/SOT Bundle.
LESSON PLAN – “Student Journalist’s Guide to Writing a Broadcast VO/SOT Story” –This product offers a comprehensive lesson plan that teaches broadcast journalism students how to properly write in the VO/SOT PACKAGE script format. It is 8 pages total and includes:
• a reference handout with highlighted vocabulary
• step-by-step instruction for proper VO/SOT script format
• a complete example of a 1:20 VO/SOT news script
• a SCRIPT TEMPLATE for writing in 2-column format
• a VO/SOT Scriptwriting summative assessment/assignment
This product comes to you as a customizable Word document so that you may format and print each page as needed for your particular classroom purposes, e.g. overhead notes, resource handout, printable assignment, etc.
LESSON PLAN – “Adding Stand-Ups and Bridges to a Broadcast News Story” –
This lesson plan is designed to teach the specific elements of a VO/SOT package with the additional professional elements of an Anchor Lead-In, Reporter Stand-Up Open, internal Bridge, and Reporter Stand-Up Close with Standard Outcue.
LESSON PLAN – “How to Structure a Broadcast News Story for Clarity” - All news stories need a beginning, middle and end, i.e. a storyline that logically advances. A news story may include accurate facts but it lacks clarity if it reports any fact in any order.
This 32-page lesson plan introduces scholastic journalists to proper story structure for broadcast news to maximize clarity and lessen the chance of inaccurate news diffusion. Students are challenged to evaluate the news value of information; write an appropriate lead; and structure the remaining information in a way that clearly and accurately advances the story to a logical conclusion.
The lesson plan provides lectures and activities that can be completed in 2 x 50-minute class periods and includes:
• Lecture notes with highlighted vocabulary and script examples, including 2 x large-group activities with answer keys -- pp 2 - 6
• Individual writing assessments: 2 x writing exercises with answer keys -- pp 7 - 10
• Overhead notes – pp 11 - 32
RUBRIC for BROADCAST VO/SOT PACKAGE - Broadcast journalism students must meet many content and technical requirements for effective storytelling in the VO/SOT package format. 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:
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
Technical requirements for editing
This RUBRIC is based on a 100-point scale and provides additional space for teacher comments. The product is delivered to you as a Word document so you have the flexibility to modify it to meet your specific assignment requirements.
LESSON PLAN – “Conducting Interviews for Broadcast Stories: A Student Reporter’s Guide” - Broadcast journalism offers the unique ability to introduce a character to the audience in a way that print journalism cannot: Viewers see the subject’s body language, hear the subject’s inflection, observe the subject moving through his/her environment. This ability to get the story “straight from the horse’s mouth” makes a powerful impact on viewers, however, 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, for use in VO/SOT packages.
LESSON PLAN – “Conducting Person-On-The-Street Interviews” - Man-on-the-street (MOS) interviews present challenges for any reporter, from finding willing participants and relevant SOTs to ensuring diversity in respondents to conducting the interviews under tight time constraints. When done poorly, MOS amount to no more than a scattered survey of feelings. MOS, however, should be relevant, offering eye-witness facts or well-considered opinions that contribute to, or reflect, a thoughtful debate or community discussion. This 2-part lesson plan is designed to present key considerations in planning, shooting, and incorporating relevant MOS under tight time constraints. The lesson will being with a discussion about both the content and logistical concerns of MOS shoots; progress to a lab activity requiring students to conduct MOS using smart phones with external microphone attachments, for use in VO/SOT packages.
LESSON PLAN –“A Student Journalist’s Guide to Researching and Finding Career Opportunities in Broadcasting” – This lesson plan includes readings, in-class activities, and out-of-class assignments to educate students about those industry standards and protocols. The lesson plan is comprised of 5 separate modules and it is flexible enough to be delivered over 5 class periods of 50 minutes each; as a day-long career-building workshop; or, used intermittently throughout a broadcasting unit as part of a career development strategy. The plan includes in-class and out-of-class assignments and some require students to create resource lists and post them to a class Discussion Board in order to create a more comprehensive resource list for the entire class. This lesson plan concludes with a project that serves as the major assessment, and there is a rubric to measure student understanding and execution of concepts.
BONUS HANDOUT – Accuracy Checklist – with links to additional resources to ensure accuracy.
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION – “On Camera Performance Skills” -- 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. This PPT provides detailed instructions for VISUAL, VOCAL and TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE SKILLS, including:
• Hair / Make-Up / Wardrobe requirements for males and females, with links to video demonstrations
• Appropriate body language while sitting at the news desk and standing to report in the field
• Voice instruction for proper breath support, enunciation, and script interpretation/inflection, with AUDIO FILE examples
• Instructions for reading from a teleprompter with a sample script and a link to a free online prompter
• Instruction for properly handling microphones, including both hand-held and lavalier mics
• Links to online resources designed especially for student journalists