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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
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Former Washington Post President and Publisher Philip L. Graham once famously said that journalism is the first rough draft of history. Journalists serve as the witnesses to those events, conveying stories with both words and pictures. These
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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
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I am an Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and an experienced educator and I understand that a powerful, informative interview can make or break a broadcast news story. This ability to get the story “straight from the horse’s mouth” makes a
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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 LESSON PLANS includes 49 PAGES of material and is versatile
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Photojournalists must make many decisions as they capture images to convey information of high news value. Students can ensure images of the highest quality and clarity if they have a thorough knowledge of camera capabilities and how to select
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Scholastic journalism programs are on the rise. I am an Emmy-award winning television writer/producer and experienced journalism educator and this comprehensive BUNDLE provides everything the media instructor or adviser needs for a full semester of
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I am an Emmy-award winning television producer, former on-air reporter, and experienced educator, teaching broadcast writing and on-camera performance skills – so I understand how difficult it is to quantify and qualify skill sets for on-camera
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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…
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“Turn-key” Staff Manual will have your student television station up and running in no time! This 36-page customizable document offers everything the Media Adviser needs to convey staff procedures; a production schedule; style guidelines for
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I am an Emmy-award winning television producer and an experienced journalism educator so I understand that a reporter’s credibility depends on solid on-camera performance skills. This comprehensive 32-slide PowerPoint reveals step-by-step
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No journalist – scholastic or professional – is exempt from media law, including libel laws. This full-color one-page handout provides a succinct checklist to help scholastic journalists understand the 5 elements of libel law. It also includes
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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
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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
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I am an Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and an experienced educator and I understand the professional requirements for broadcast news. Scholastic broadcast journalists must learn these standards and conventions in order to meet the
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This UNIT PLAN is designed for use in an advanced high school course for students of applied journalism or an introductory course for journalism majors at the university level. This series of lesson plans is designed to be delivered over 3 class
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Commentaries (also known as editorials and Op/Ed pieces) are a form of persuasive writing. By blending opinion and credible research, you attempt to convince others to agree with your data, share your values, accept your argument and conclusions,
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Reviews are a staple of scholastic journalism! This 31-slide PowerPoint presentation provides a comprehensive summary of the elements in a thorough and useful review, with numerous examples. This PowerPoint includes: • The definition of a
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The First Amendment is the cornerstone of a free society. This activity provides scholastic journalists with the opportunity to consider important First Amendment legal cases and discuss and debate the significant issues each case raises. This
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Advances in digital and mobile technologies have increased the speed and ease with which information is disseminated, making it easier for unsubstantiated information, rumors, and propaganda to spread. This presents challenges for commercial and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The ABC's of Journalism are Accuracy, Brevity, and Clarity -- and I use my 28-year-long career as an Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist as the basis for my teaching, delivering lessons in a real-world context. Teaching since 2005, I serve as an associate professor at two Pittsburgh universities, conducting a variety of broadcast journalism courses ranging from introductory skills to advanced broadcast writing. In addition, since 2006, I have been teaching a series of successful creative and non-fiction writing workshops for teens through local non-profit arts and education organizations. Several workshops present strategies for developing fiction of all lengths; and others focus on non-fiction journalistic writing forms including news, editorial, reviews, and blogs/commentaries. Currently, I am completing my Masters for Journalism Educators degree through Kent State University.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I do not believe there is any difference between a "scholastic journalist" and a "professional journalist." Storytelling is storytelling. The requirements for accuracy, brevity, clarity, quality research, and relevant attribution are the same for any individual who takes on the task of relaying high-value information to the community. Additionally, the guidelines for media ethics are the same, as are many elements of media law. Scholastic journalists must also be aware of unique student press rights issues. For those reasons, my teaching style focuses on hands-on activities and practical application of research and writing methods. Lecture and learning activities are based on real-world examples and writing activities are delivered in a real-world context. Journalism requires deep engagement in the community, an understanding of civics, and a deep appreciation for the role and responsibilities of journalists in a democratic society. My teaching style challenges students to appreciate -- and live up to -- those ideals.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I am an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, and media consultant who has worked both nationally and locally in broadcasting since 1987. I count eight Emmy awards, twenty-one Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, five Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among my many professional honors. National television credits include Making a Difference, a one-hour documentary exploring mathematics reform, hosted by actor Danny Glover, which aired nationally on PBS in 1998; Lucille’s Car Care Clinic, a 52-episode series for Home and Garden Television (HGTV); Jane Nugent’s Garden Party, a 24-episode series for Home and Garden Television; and John Updike: In His Own Words, a one-hour production based on personal interviews and writing workshops conducted by Updike. In addition to my extensive work in television, I am proud to claim a second and equally successful career as an author and freelance writer. I am the co-author of Lucille’s Car Care (Hyperion, 1996); and served as contributing editor for the book Riding The AirWaves (Schano/Geyer Printing Company, 2006.) I also review children’s programs and serve as a judge for the prestigious Parent’s Choice Foundation; and, I have a number of credits as a freelance writer, including The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Prospects; and on-line, at Moms.com, Eyes On The Prize, The Pittsburgh History Series; and for the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board. From 1998 – 2001, I also co-wrote a bi-monthly column for the on-line Microsoft magazine UnderWire. Screenwriting efforts include One and Only Shot, a half-hour dramatic teleplay produced and distributed nationally as an educational tool for Students Against Driving Drunk. Another screenplay, A Matter of Speaking, earned a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania. Currently, I operate my company, Arania Productions, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I am a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with degrees in Non-Fiction Writing, Film Theory, and a certificate in American Sign Language for the Deaf. I also currently am pursuing an advanced degree at Kent State University in the Masters for Journalism Educators program.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am an award-winning broadcast journalist, published author, and experienced educator-- and my materials blend real-world experience and proven pedagogy to teach journalism, news literacy, and media ethics. As scholastic newspapers, TV stations, and online news sites grow, schools are relying on English Language Arts teachers to serve as media advisers. I invite you to add my materials to your existing curriculum, or, for those who are excited by the idea of serving as media adviser but new to the experience, I hope you'll browse through my materials and give them a try!

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