How to Group Students - Crews and Jobs

Pending number of students and equipment available, many teachers seem to struggle with how to group the students so they all have a job to do.

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Good Sports

RoseBowlSince the time of the Ancient Greeks, athletics have played a significant role in encouraging people to stay fit, fostering the spirit of teamwork, and promoting healthy competition.

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Preparing for a Career in Sports Broadcast

InsidetheTruck0In the world of aspiring video production professionals, the desire to be involved in professional sports production is common, and rightfully so. Few other activities offer the opportunity to be in the heat of the action, at events others pay dearly to attend, often making close contact with sports icons that are the idols of throngs of adoring fans. The adrenaline of live production courses through the profession, and every day you come to work not knowing the outcome of the game; you never know how this show ends.  Millions of people can be watching your work, live, at any minute.  Sound exciting?  You're darn straight it is.

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Reporting Techniques - Reporting with Gestures

Kelsey00When reporters use motions and gestures to tell a story, they appeal to 65 percent of the population who are visual learners.

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Once Upon an Island

Hawaiian BeachWhat is it about an island that makes it such a popular backdrop for literature, television, and feature films?

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Finding Talent for Videos

As you increase the production level of your videos, you will arrive at a brand-new challenge - acquiring talent. How do you identify potential personnel for your videos and how do you evaluate those people to ensure they are the correct choices for your projects?

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Writing in Stereo - The Local or School Angle

WiSLogo10Getting the local or school angle on a national story is an essential broadcast journalism task. 

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Talking Heads

QueenVictoriaInspiration for new stories comes to us in many forms – an overheard conversation, a piece of music, maybe even a funny cartoon we read in the newspaper.

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How to Create a Great News Story

on_air_signHi everyone, I’m Christina with SchoolTube’s Journalism Team.  We all know news is constantly changing from minute to minute, news never waits!  So, how can you make your news story interesting, informative, and timely?  Look no further, use the tips below and you will be on your way to writing and shooting a great news story.

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Imaginary Realms

HogwartsHogwarts. Oz. Narnia. Wonderland. Isla de Muerta. Film and literature have afforded us a colorful glimpse of distant places that, in the words of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, can only be found by those who already know where they are.

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Broadcast Advertising

BlueDollarAll commercials are designed to sell something... a product or an idea. They are the financial backbone of radio and television stations in the United States.

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Montage: Students as Artists

The video montage, sometimes called experimental or artistic video, allows your students to explore new ways of using the medium.  While a video montage could be part of another video, such as a music video,

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Reporting Using Voice

Harrington00A reporter’s voice affects the meaning of a report. Reporters communicate the story through tone and emphasis of the key facts.

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"X" Marks The Spot

PiratemapWhat’s the last movie or TV show you watched and what was the biggest role in it that had no dialogue? New writers often forget that the setting in which a plot unfolds plays as significant a part as any of the story’s characters in creating a mood, engaging an audience’s imagination and holding their attention.

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Music Video: Students as Rock Stars

Students as RockstarsProducing a music video has great potential for music classes.  Video offers the exciting mixture of visual and auditory stimulation, a combination that has profoundly changed the popular music today.

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Writing in Stereo - The Print to Broadcast Rewrite

WiSLogo10Every day radio and television news reporters scan their morning newspapers and rewrite print news to broadcastnews style. 

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Live Broadcast Jobs

Many readers have emailed us with questions on Who Does What in a typical high school news broadcast. We could think of no better source than Charles Aldridge and his crew at TigerVisionTV. Here is how Charles staffs his shows:

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Commercial: Students as Salespeople

The commercial is entertaining for students to produce and will challenge them to condense a message that is engaging and memorable into a 30-second spot. 

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Imaginary Friends and Fiends

dannyWhen I was growing up in the 1950’s, I had a backyard full of imaginary friends. The neighbors, in fact, were often surprised to learn that my parents had only one child.

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Sound Effects Activity

micHere is a sound-only activity that students can assemble and learn about storytelling through sound along with the basics of sound design, editing, and mixing.

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Developing a Broadcast Voice

micDoing a live shot, reading a script on radio or delivering a newscast on Television requires not just good reporting and writing, but also a smooth, well-modulated voice.  Otherwise, listeners and viewers will focus on our verbal idiosyncrasies and not the story.

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LipDub 101 - Get your whole school involved!

UVIC00The room was filled with anticipation – it had been almost one full month since we had all been together. 

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Road Trip!

SuitcasesGetting from Point A to Point B has changed quite a bit from the days of our ancestors. Not only can we now reach our destinations faster – as well as in greater style and comfort than was available to previous generations - we’ve also figured out how to take more of our “stuff” along for the ride.

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News Report: Students as Reporters

The news report has obvious applications in an English or journalism class.  News reports can be especially useful for announcements if your school has a closed-circuit cable network allowing broadcasts to be sent directly into homerooms.

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Voice Overs-What it is and how to do them well

GG00Voice overs are the main stays of advertising, instruction and promotional videos, television programs and feature films.

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The Video Scavenger Hunt

Like most of us, I'm always looking for enjoyable activities that also manage to teach something important.  It's crucial that  students undertand the film/video/TV vocabulary both the words themselves and the visual language.  This exercise helps them along their journey to think and express themselves visually.

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The SkillsUSA Experience

Skills03One experience with SkillsUSA and you will be an alumni SkillsUSA student, volunteer, or staff member.  SkillsUSA is a premier student oriented organization.

Any words I write now will fall short of explaining being part of the National SkillsUSA experience.

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Writing in Stereo - The Voicer

WiSLogo10In the third lesson of Writing in Stereo II, we take a look at the specifics of the common voicer. 

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Storyboarding Software... even if you can't draw!

Last month Phillip Harris wrote an article entitled "Storyboard – it is worth it or cumbersome?"

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Documentaries: Students as Recorders of Reality

Documentaries allow students to research and tell a story.  This is the most challenging of the genres in that it requires depth of knowledge of the subject and the ability to represent that knowledge honestly and fairly on video.

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Reporting Techniques

KelseaHeadA Broadcast Reporter’s Guide to Better Reporting.

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Dream!

It’s a word that gets attached to many other words. It’s a powerful and thought-provoking modifier. Dream job. Dream vacation. Dream spouse. I suppose that most would equate it with something that has the qualities of an ideal state, a near-perfect condition, outcome, or result.

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Drama: Students as Writers and Actors

Drama, as a type of video, allows students to connect with literature or history through the staging of a scene from a novel or reenactment of a historic event. A drama can also be used as a creative exercise, giving students an opportunity to write, direct, and act in their own screenplay.

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The Crooked Path


prisonOn a daily basis the media gives us no shortage of stories about people who decide to bend or outright break the rules to get away, get ahead or get something for nothing.

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All the News That's Fit to Sprint

MessengerServiceGuyNews travels much faster in the 21st century than it did in the time of the Ancient Greeks. Technology has not only fueled our need for speed but also increased our level of impatience to be “in the know”. The screenwriting exercises in this month’s issue all revolve around newsworthy events of the past, the present, and the world of fiction and how they can be used to generate ideas for movies, documentaries and TV shows.

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Educational Video: Students as Teachers

The educational video gives students a chance to become teachers. We all know that the best way to truly understand a topic is to teach it to someone else.

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The Phoner

WiSLogo10You're teaching students to gather news using a video camera.  You help them master the grammar of the visual image, the aesthetic of video photography and sound recording. 

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Nothing Ever Happens at Our School

Nothing ever happens at your school. There’s nothing that would make a good story. Your school newscast has to be boring. You are so wrong!!

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Reality TV: A Training Exercise

The Video Scavenger Hunt

The video scavenger hunt is a highly entertaining activity that uses reality TV to teach the students how to work as a team, operate the camcorder, and manipulate the editing software. 

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Let's Make a Deal

BluedoorIn the 1960’s a TV game show debuted in which contestants had the choice of hanging on to the prizes they’d already won or risking it all on an unknown surprise that lay behind a door, a curtain or inside a box.

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Let's Do Lunch

sandwich00As common as they are in movies and TV shows, scenes involving meals are some of the hardest for new screenwriters to write. This stems from a combination of time management issues, handling dialogue between chews, and the tendency to provide excessive direction (i.e., picks up fork, spears two carrot slices, brings fork to mouth, takes bite, etc.). The screenwriting exercises in this month’s issue all revolve around events that could happen at lunchtime.

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Video Projects for the Classroom

Working with students and video is unusually rewarding and enriching.  You and your students will truly enjoy the experience. 

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Inventive Minds

iphoneTake a look around you at all of the things that make your life easy and convenient

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Hitting all the Bases

bases-covered00The stare down, the pitch, the crack of the bat---it's a long and high one, bouncing off the center field wall. The runner accelerates and builds momentum as he rounds the infield; first, then second base, and heads to third, the outfielders collide and one bobbles the grab as the batter now reaches and rounds third, it's going to be close, the long throw, the bounce, and...

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Announcing? You?

While you could hire some talent to record the piece, deadlines and budgets may dictate a quicker and more economical approach. That's right; you're doing this one by yourself.

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Meet and Greet

TaxisEvery time you come up with a plot for a movie and figure out who the characters will be, the next step is decide how they’re all going to meet.

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Producing Live Athletic Events with NewTek's TriCaster

Pro00High school athletics can be one of the most challenging pieces of programming to capture. There are no rehearsals, no dry runs, no "take two" or "Can we run that play again?" Its live, its now, and every shot has to count. Whether you are capturing basketball, hockey or soccer, concepts and camera layouts are same.

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Hoover Book Club

Creating Children’s Literature-Based Programming

Remember the cozy feeling of cuddling with your mom or dad as they read your favorite bedtime story?

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Daniel Boone, Werewolf Hunter

DanielBooneThe latter half of the 21st century’s first decade ushered in the quirky phenomenon of well known literature undergoing some updated – and unexpected – twists.

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Family Matters

AmericanGothic00

Screenwriting exercises about families appeal to students of any age, especially those who have ever wished they lived in a more liberal household or that a mysterious letter would show up one day with the news it was time to take their rightful place as a freshman at wizards school. For younger students who haven’t yet mastered the rudiments of script structure, these lesson ideas lend themselves easily to extemporaneous storytelling and role-playing skits. Older students are encouraged to draft scenes into correctly formatted screenplays as well as film them for peer review.

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