Course Outline

Broadcasting I is an introduction to creating and producing news through film. You will learn the basics of storytelling and news production using video and audio production equipment. Dates and projects are flexible and subject to change.

Week One: Introduction and Equipment Training

  • Expectations
  • Supplies
  • Mac overview
  • Website tour
  • Production team roles
  • Journalism Etiquette

Script Writing and Storyboarding: This project emphasizing the planning phases of production such as script writing and storyboarding.

  • Part 1: Script Writing – look at script for sample news story then write your own
  • Part 2: Storyboarding – write a storyboard based on your news story

Week Two: Scavenger Hunt Project
This project will train students on camera operation and basic video editing in iMovie. Students will hunt from a list of scenes and edit footage into a montage.

  • Day 1 – Introduction and Camera Training
  • Day 2 – Shooting Continued
  • Day 3 – Editing Overview
  • Day 4 – 5: Finish editing

Week Three: Camera Shots Movie Trailer Project
This project focuses on the basics of filmmaking and cinematagraphy by learning different camera shots and movements. Students will identify different shots in video clips, shoot different shots with cameras and edit footage into a movie trailer.

  • Day 1: Filmmaking techniques and overview of camera shots
  • Day 2: Planning – script and storyboard your movie trailer
  • Day 3-5: Film and Edit

Week Four: Working with Audio
Part 1: Garage Band Music Project – The project introduces Garage Band for creating original music to match three different video clips.

  • Day 1 – Introduction to Garage Band
  • Day 2 – Create Music

Part 2: Highlight Reel Voiceover Project
This project emphasizes script writing, voice and narration. Students will write a script for a piece of stock video and record a voiceover in GarageBand.

  • Day 1 – Look at samples and begin writing scripts
  • Day 2 – Use GarageBand to record voiceover and experiment with voice effects

Week Five: Advertising Project
This project introduces advertising concepts such as persuasion and audience. Students will create an original 30-second commercial for a school event or activity. Students will meet with the event sponsor to gather information, develop a concept, shoot footage and edit the final product. Final products may be shown on Skyview News broadcasts.

  • Day 1: Advertising Concepts and Persuasion Techniques
  • Day 2: Brainstorming and Planning
  • Day 3: Shooting
  • Day 4-5: Edit and Finalize

Week Six-Seven: Interview Project
This project focuses on developing interview skills such as etiquette and questioning. Students will find a subject and set up an interview with them. They will conduct research and write questions before shooting the interview, editing the footage and producing a final version that may be shown on Skyview News.

  • Day 1: Interview Skills – Questioning techniques and show examples
  • Day 2: Planning – Choose subject and schedule interview; research subject and begin writing questions
  • Day 3-5: Conduct the interview and gather intro footage
  • Day 6-10: Edit and Finalize

Week Eight and Beyond: News Production

During this time, students will begin learning the process of creating a complete news broadcast from start to finish. Emphasis will be placed on production roles, working under deadlines and functioning as a team. Students will be expected to plan their production, divide into production teams and meet a two week deadline for finishing a complete episode of Skyview News.

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