Radio Segment / TV News Segment

Radio Segment / TV News Segment
Radio Segment / TV News Segment
Radio Segment / TV News Segment
Radio Segment / TV News Segment
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Whether you're teaching newswriting, media studies, social studies, or creative writing, having students create an intelligent news report is a challenge. I found a method that worked for a number of students, and that was to create a simple outline for them and take the pressure off making a video, even if the result was a video segment. This assignment now includes a sample template, too, but not all students will want or need this extra guidance.

Basically, we made radio broadcasts that we later turned into videos. The results were better than the school's media studies program's weekly, 90-student production. Why? Because it was actually news-based and followed a simple template instead of a convoluted storyline.

If you are frustrated with your school news, download this lesson, make a few alterations, and see improvement. You will quickly see that if you had five people instead of one working on each segment, they could easily be produced each day. Or once a week as something different from PA announcements.

A colleague and I had proposed taking this model and using it as part of a current events English/Social Studies class. The idea was shot down because of departmental politics, but students DO learn better when boundaries are crossed and ideas are integrated, so make a science show or add a math segment to the daily school announcements. This example can help, but your imagination should take the ideas further.

Back in high school, I created a similar segment in French as a travel guide. Except there was no digital video editing back then, But pre-writing a script is a good idea for World Languages. Plus, students could maybe focus on another country for the news they read, which is good for World Languages as well as social studies. Make those connections.

We used Windows Movie Maker. This download is not a user's guide to any video editing program. If you cannot use one, your students can, but there are too many free options for completing this assignment to cover all the ways it can be done. Just use what's most readily available and focus on the script.
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