"You Tell It” – Empowering Student Journalists

Chone01Looking for an accredited distribution outlet for your students’ work?

Budding student journalists interested in producing their own news stories will gain invaluable guidance, experience, and confidence thanks to “You Tell It” (www.YouTellIt.com).

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Michael Britt and Others Receive Ithaca Award

The Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College has honored four recipients of the 2016 S’Park Media Mentor Award.

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10 Basics Today's Journalist Need

One week into college, my journalism professor gave a lecture on what journalists need to know—except he didn’t really explain anything.

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Mobile video on social media platforms – a broadcast educator’s next bet

As a broadcast/video production educator, you should always be looking for ways to adapt to your student audience’s viewing habits.

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7 Ways to Get a Great Interview

Shooting interviews for your next video project? Follow these tips to make your interviewees comfortable and get the best results.

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My Journey to the MMJ Life

Ever since I was old enough to know what a job was, I knew that I wanted to be on the news.

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Accuracy and the Tools of Our Profession

Telling the truth is our job as reporters, but it’s much more complicated than it might seem.

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News Judgement and Reporting

 As you move out into the journalistic world, you will hear it said of some reporters, producers and editors that they have "good news judgment." But what is that?

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Backtiming the News

Get your rundown cooking. Back-timing is the key.

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News Judgement and Reporting - II

NewsThumbWe continue with Part Two of Jeff Rowe's News Judgement and Reporting

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Broadcast News Production

In news and documentary work, the safest and most professional approach to handling controversial subject matter is to suppress your own views and biases and  present both sides of the issue as fairly as possible.

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Outlook for Television News and Its Audience

Although research conducted by Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism: The State of the Media reflected on the economic decline of local news television stations, shrinking staffs, and the sharing of news content among stations, there is still hope for television reporters.

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Broadcast Sports Writing

TypeBroadcast Sports Writing is really not all that different from Broadcast News Writing.  You want to take the same basic principles from News and Journalism and apply it to Sports.  However, there are some things that you can do with Broadcast Sports Writing that you can’t do with Broadcast News Writing.

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PBS NewsHour

extraPBS NewsHour Offers Student Reporting Opportunities

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Characteristics of Good Reporters

Regardless of the news subject, news value or format and technology that delivers the information, someone must gather the facts and organize them to tell the story.

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Privacy versus the Right to Know

One of the basic rights of all Americans is the right to privacy.

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Choreographing your Student Newscast

Choreographing or pre-planning your newscast is done at every TV station and should be done properly at your school.

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Pro Athletes and Sports Broadcasting

“100% of Professional Athletes Ultimately Experience Job Termination,” I frequently chant. 25% are bankrupt within the first year out, 60% to 80% get divorced, and over 75% go broke within two years out.

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Clear Writing Say it Simply

The task of the radio or television writer is to tell complicated stories using the simplest possible words, sentences and paragraphs.

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Producing The Newscast

Putting together a newscast that is informative, compelling, engaging and interesting is one of journalism's great challenges.

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Cliches, Redundancies, and Euphemisms-Part 2

In last months article, Jeff Rowe talked to us about purging cliches and reduncancies. This month, he continues with jargon, technical language and legal pillows.

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Producing The Newscast

Putting together a newscast that is informative, compelling, engaging and interesting is one of journalism's great challenges.

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Contribute to eSN.TV and Earn National Recognition

StudentVideoTopThanks to the Student Video Network (SVN) initiative at eSN.TV, your students can earn valuable video production experience-and a shot at national recognition for their efforts.

eSchool News founded the SVN to give students across North America the chance to experience what it's like to be real news anchors and reporters. Now, beginning this month, students can upload their own videos to eSN.TV for consideration.

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Purging Cliches, Redundancies, and Euphemisms

Cliches sap the life out of a story just like a whiff of sewage can ruin a supper party. Unfortunately, broadcast, web and print news writing is soaked with cliches. We have a profusion of raging brushfires, heavy winds and tragic accidents.

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Cronkite School Community Partnership Program

StardustTwo years ago, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University began working with the Stardust Foundation of Scottsdale to put new life into high school journalism programs.

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Reporting Like a Pro

A newsroom is an exciting place. Everything from the anchor desk to board operations can be intriguing, and sometimes intimidating.

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Delivering the News

NewsThumbMany of you have hopes of anchoring news. How long it takes you to end up at the anchor desk depends mainly on two factors.

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Scripting the News

When I first heard about scripting news packages, it seemed redundant and time consuming.

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Delivering the News - Part 2

In this article, part two of Delivering the News, we continue our discussion of the qualities you need to anchor or report in front of a camera or microphone.

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Shooting an Effective Interview

NewsThumbInterviews range from casual street encounters to friendly chats and probing interviews.

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Difficult Interviews

micLast month, Jeff Rowe talked about interviewing Tactics and Techniques: Drawing people out and getting them to speak from the heart. This isnt always possible. If the interview is likely to be a difficult or even hostile one, be pre­pared.

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Ethical Considerations

NewsThumbThis article focuses on the important and complex issue of ethics, one of the cornerstones of good journalism.

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Stacking the News

Gathering information and writing stories is only part of producing a good solid newscast.

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Ethical Decision Making


Kerby00If you CAN do it, SHOULD you do it?

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Students Network for Election Night Live

Who needs an Electoral College when you have an Electoral High School?

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Euphemisms, Cliches and Redundancies - Part Three

TypeReal people in real conversations rarely use as many hackneyed phras­es as journalists do in their scripts or in print. In this, the last installment of Jeff Rowe’s series on Euphemisms, Clichés and Redundancies, see how many clichés you can find in this one-act play called:

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Technical Aspects of Producing

NewsThumbVisualize two anchors relaying the news on an evening newscast. Except for the weather and sports anchors, the two news anchors are the foundation of the program;

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Evolution of the News Package

When I was a younger girl and the attacks of 9/11 began, I remember rushing to my grandpa’s house with my parents so they could watch it on the nightly news.

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Ten Things NOT to do in an Interview

I’ve been putting together news packages for about 3 years now.

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Fieldwork: Working with your Cameraperson (or not!)

Here are some suggestions and observations on how to establish that relationship.

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The Breaking News Consumer's Handbook

The rampant misreporting that follows most events is so predictable that OTM has unintentionally developed a formula for covering them.

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Focus on News Broadcasting - Part 2

NewsThumbWelcome to part two of our focus on News Broadcasting. This month we move from the planning stage into the actual production of the school news broadcast.

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The Digital Rundown is Different

The modern, computerised rundown program is much more than it seems.

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Frame of Reference: Fair and Balanced Grades


GradesHow can you grade fairly when students are doing different assignments with different deadlines?

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The Job Market and Video

Job Market Goes from Bad to Worse
Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates

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Frame of Reference: Fair and Balanced Grades - Part II

GradesRubrics are commonly used grading tools and Google will yield many pre-made versions that you can just download.  DON’T!!!!  Create your own rubric that reflects what you can realistically expect of YOUR students.

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The Logistics and Strategies of Producing

NewsThumbProducing is an exceptionally difficult art. The time constraints are brutal:

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Frame of Reference: The show must go on….SOON!

  
Kerby01Broadcast journalism students don’t need to know everything before they do anything. 

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The Origination of Broadcast Journalism

In 1937 Edward R. Murrow sailed with his wife, Janet, to London where he was to take up the post of chief CBS radio correspondent in Europe.

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Frame of Reference: There are No Good Stories 2

Last month, we discussed the choices a storyteller (reporter) must make in gathering the raw material for the story including TOPIC,  FACES, INTERVIEWS, B-ROLL. 

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The Package

TypeA package is the backbone of a newscast.  You will be expected to turn in at least one package per day, if not more. 

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Frame of Reference: There are no good stories….

only good storytellers. So what makes a good storyteller?  What makes ONE story memorable? 

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The Package

NewsThumbThe foundation of any TV newscast is its packages.

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Improving On-Air Performance

How to Polish Your On-Air Delivery

Your school broadcast is a small, in-school daily news and information program. How hard can it be to sit at a desk and read the news?

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Twelve Factors in Newsworthiness

Those involved in broadcast news must understand 12 factors that constitute news value, or newsworthiness.

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Interview Styles

InterviewStylesInterviews on TV are quite common, and not just during the news. Interviews are so popular, entire shows are built around the idea of one person asking another questions.

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Using a Prompter

When you go on the air for a thirty- or sixty-minute newscast, you'll have a complete script, but expect it to be revised during the broadcast.

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Interview Techniques

Interviewing people about their life gives us insight into the world that we live in.

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Why be a Journalist?

We ask our fellow citizens to entrust us with a valuable role in society— providers of an objective and clear rendering of the news.

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Interviewing Tactics and Techniques

micDrawing people out - getting them to speak from the heart - is one of the journalist's most challenging tasks. Interviewing is both an art and a science.

Good interviewers get better material because they are able to put the people they interview at ease, establish a rapport, and win their trust.

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Why is News Important?

Many have tried, but no one has really succeeded in defining news.

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Interviewing the FBI way


micOver the last two issues, Jeff Rowe has been teaching us about interviewing. In his first article, Jeff talked about interviewing Tactics and Techniques: Drawing people out and getting them to speak from the heart. Last month, he focused on the Difficult Interview. This month, Jeff teaches us how to Interview the FBI Way.

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Write, Report, and Produce

Ask any student in this high school media studies program what they like about it and you’ll hear the same thing:  they don’t like it; they love it! 

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Interviewing Tips

Whether you're interviewing your family for grandma and grandpa's 50th anniversary, the CEO of a business for a training video, or even a politician for a news story; there are a few tried and true tips used by the pros that can help you put together a clean and polished interview.

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Writing Compelling Leads

NewsThumbThe lead, which is the opening sentence of a news story, is the most crucial element of any report.

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Intuitive Work Flow for Newsrooms

NewsThumbTeaching News Production at your school may be called a number of things, Broadcast Journalism, TV/Video production, Digital Media Arts, Communication Arts, Visual Arts, Video Journalism, Multimedia Arts and many others. 

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Writing Scripts for Broadcast News

As a follow up to the article last spring regarding the EZNews Newscast Production System, School Video News has asked us to create a series of articles related to frequently asked questions regarding newscast productions.  This month, we’ll visit the topic of script writing for a teleprompter.

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Keep Your Resume Reel Current

Becca Habegger is a multimedia journalist at WBIR in Knoxville Tennessee.

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Writing Scripts for Broadcast News

 

We get many questions regarding the creation of news broadcast scripts and the use of teleprompters.

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Lights! Camera! Excellence!

Bat0From a small after-school club to six classes a day and over 250 top awards, Jeff Rudkin's (IN '07) video production program has grown into a national model of excellence.

On January 27, 2005, thousands of people from around the world gathered in Poland to observe the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The historical significance of the event drew widespread media coverage, and organizers had set up an exclusive press area where journalists could do their work.

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Writing Strategies

Active Voice

This is one of the basic commandments of broadcast writing, but one of the most ignored.

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Live Shots

Broadcasters are increasingly called upon to use their professional voice and presentation skills in live telecasts.

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You can be over or under - NOT!

As we saw last month, a good rundown program that calculates back-times can be a useful tool in planning and organizing a television newscast and making sure it runs to time.

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Looking back at J-school: what I learned (and didn’t learn)

Nearly four years ago, and ten years removed from college, I embarked on a project to help young journalists in ways I felt I had missed.

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Accuracy Checklist for Journalists

Fewer editors in the newsroom mean that reporters have to step up their self-editing game.

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Making the Decision

I grew up in a house where the news was always on.

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