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 would be especially appropriate for an introductory journalism/newscast class in which students are just being introduced to school media production.
As an added benefit, as scholastic journalists understand the requirements for commercial newscasts, they also will hone their media literacy skills, distinguishing news content from promotion, publicity, and advertising. Finally, they will gain a better understanding of how to structure a program based on news value, clarity and the ultimate goal of accurate news diffusion.
The lesson can be completed during 2 x 90-minute class sessions. It also includes a homework assignment, an assessment to demonstrate students’ understanding of concepts, and an assignment rubric. It comes to you as a customizable Word document so you can print resources and assignments.