It’s Getting Real

Prior to teaching, I worked in radio and was the point of contact for a lot of bands for interviews.


Reel Teens Into the Classroom With Filmmaking

Students can learn how to work together – and about the world around them – through filmmaking, experts say.


Graduation Production

Graduations can be very stressful for all involved; graduates, event planners, school administration and the video production crew.


New Series: The Real Deal on Broadcasting

You’ve worked hard and are ready to go on with that next step to becoming a professional broadcaster


High School Centralizes Video Control Room With NDI and Connect Spark

Weighing only seven ounces, the NewTek Connect Spark is revolutionizing the video production workflow for the Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre (ATC) Broadcast Media Program.


The Sports Machine:The March to Baseball Season

The constant drumming of balls on the hardwood is over.


3 Reasons to Get Wireless Video For Your School


School is out on summer break for now, but it won’t be long before a new Fall Semester sets in and we’re scrambling to make sure we have the right tools for another year!


5 Tips to Reach a Wider Audience with Your School’s Live Stream

Live streaming in schools has become a staple for engaging students, parents and the community the school resides in.


Recruiting with Open Houses

Each year between November and March, my blood pressure rises, my time sleeping falls, and my anxiety peaks.


The 2018-2019 SVN Partner Product Guide

Later this month the SVN Editorial Team brings you the  2018-2019 Partner Product Buyers Guide.


2017 Live Streaming Survey Results

One of the best things about writing for School Video News is that I get to speak with and hear from teachers from around the county.


3 Reasons For Every School to Start Streaming

Live streaming is an excellent way to deliver school events like sports games, assemblies, lectures and graduation ceremonies to friends, family and even the students themselves.


The Buzzer Has Sounded

In June 2016, when I submitted my first article in the Sports Production Machine to our editor, John Churchman, I had no idea what a ride I was in for.


Halloween SFX Fun

A group of Rockdale Career Academy Film Institute students were exposed to the world of special effects makeup just in time for halloween. Eleven students worked with special effects aficionado, Clay Sayre, to create a variety of special effects looks. The students worked with liquid latex and a variety of paints to simulate injuries but the highlight of the day was the creation of a “walker.” Sayre worked to “base out” the mask and several students worked to create the look of the undead. Check out the video below for the recap and student reactions.

How to Format your Announcement Show

Ratings, ratings, ratings! You want to boost your ratings but you’re not sure how?


Goodbye Old World - Hello New

As I write this, I am looking around a room that has been stripped.


Keeping the Machine Running

This year has flown by. We are a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving and a couple past that and the semester is over.


Why High School Film and Television Production Teachers Should Attend NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas during early April each year is one of the preeminent equipment shows for the film, television, and radio industries in the world.


LiveU's Ongoing Commitment to Education

The annual NAB event always affords School Video News the opportunity to meet our partners and learn in depth what they are doing to help the education market.


The Morning News and Sports Broadcasting

New articles, new images and Case Studies in the 2017 editions of these two top-read annual guides.


High School News Team to Cover Mock Election Day Coverage in Real Time

Network Device Interface standard from NewTek allows Penn-Trafford High School student news team to incorporate live, multi-camera streams into TriCaster-based production.


Sports Machine: Gearing Down and Gearing Up

As the countdown to the end of the school year gets closer to single digits (for me), I know that I have a ton of work to do to shut down the program for the summer….


How IP Production is Changing Sports and Live Events

As part of our Focus on Sports and Live Production, we’ve gathered a diverse Industry Insights roundtable to talk about the changing landscape of broadcast production.


Film Crew Members in the Audio Video Technology and Film Classroom

If you are trying to do film projects in your classroom, it is important to get everyone involved.


RolloCam Takes Your Production To The Next Level

We all love those really tight panning or arcing shots that move slowly across the subject’s face to show that one tear that’s falling as they speak.


Adding Announcer Audio to Your Live Stream

Broadcasting sporting events without a narrator can leave a viewer feeling storyless.


What We Do Matters

I may be wrong but I believe our job as video production teachers reaches much farther than those in academic subjects because what we teach is unique and very specific.


The Big Winners at NAB

Last month, I got to spend 3 days with the crew and experience NAB 18 from behind the camera.


Accepting Reality

Without doing a personality test on all of the teachers in the world and by diving headlong into a generalization, I make the following statement with all of the confidence in the world:



I wrestled a long time with what to write for this month.


Sports Machine: Take the Shot

The picture below is my greatest fear.


Creating Your Production Environment

Last week, I stood in the isle of the local Walmart and studied the composition notebooks trying to find the one I HAD to have.


UGA Follow up

We officially launched the Sports Broadcast Institute at the Rockdale Career Academy in the Fall of 2015.


Two Great Summer Camps for Journalists

Summer is upon us, which means warmer weather, time in the pool, maybe a vacation or two and oh, I can’t forget, the end of the school year—meaning for some, it is three months away from your journalism program. Luckily for you, it doesn't have to be that way. From coast to coast, School Video News has two extraordinary journalism camps to share with you that will help you stay engaged with your craft all year long.

Ohio University, Scripps School

For our East Coast readers, Ohio University is the place for you. Each summer, the Scripps school opens its doors to journalism and communication students from all across the map, but act fast as your deadline to apply is approaching on June 1! The workshop will include faculty from the School of Journalism, the School of Visual Communication and the staff from WOUB, as well as several visiting professionals (one being an executive producer of The Today Show—yes, you read that right). No need to worry if traditional journalism is not your strong suit, they also offers separate sections of the camp for magazine wiring, photography, sports and more. On top of all of this, you receive the chance to earn college credit, early admission opportunities and even full-ride scholarships for those of you who fall in love with the charming small-town of Athens and all this school has to offer.

Registration is now open until June 1, 2018 at noon EST.

Every summer since 1946, the school has offered high school students and teachers the opportunity to interact with our faculty and professional journalists while learning the latest techniques for doing journalism in a school setting. Mark your calendar to attend the 2017 High School Journalism Workshop!

Ohio University's 2018 High School Journalism Workshop will include:
• Opportunities to experience the latest journalism techniques
• Diversity scholarships that cover up to 100 percent of the cost of the workshop for students*
• An opportunity to spend time on Ohio University's historic Athens campus
• And the chance to earn college credit!

Advisers will:
• Attend track sessions
• Collaborate with students and other advisers to produce content, if they wish to
• Meet in an advisers-only session with Scripps School Director Bob Stewart

When registering, students will be able to rank order the track choices. Every effort is made to accommodate those choices. The 2018 workshop fee will be $300, which includes room and board for the program, attendance at the sessions, and all materials. Discounted rates are available for students and advisers who commute. There are no additional university fees for the optional one hour of credit, although students seeking credit must complete an additional application form.

Preliminary Information for the 2018 Workshop:

Students will stay in a campus dormitory, eat in university dining facilities, and interact with faculty, graduate students, media professionals, and current undergraduate students. The dorms and all activities are supervised. Workshop and dorm check-in will be noon-2:00 p.m. Wednesday (July 11), with the opening assembly scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Workshop sessions and converged newsroom activities run until 10 p.m. each night. The workshop ends Saturday, July 14, following a closing assembly. Dorm check-out is at 2 p.m.

For those traveling long distances, dorm rooms are available Tuesday evening (July 10) for an additional fee. Check-in time for early arrivers is 6-8:00 p.m. For any questions, please contact Robert Stewart, workshop director, at 740/593-2601, or by email at .

* Diversity scholarships are available to students through support from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Arizona State University: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

I may be a little bit biased as a Cronkite Student, but I cannot imagine ANY Arizona students passing up the opportunity to attend this summer camp at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. First of all, it’s FREE. Yes, free.Camp01 As in attending the #1 journalism school in the entire nation for zero dollars. Second, you get everything I mentioned above, but with a roof top pool and palm trees. Again. I am slightly biased. But really, this High School Media Innovation Camp at the Cronkite School offers future journalists, game developers and other students interested in media and technology the chance to experiment with cutting-edge tools, including 360-degree and virtual-reality technology, news games and apps—all while partnering with leading professionals from both ASU and USA Today. If you miss this years deadline, there is always next year, and I can promise you won’t want to miss this.

The High School Media Innovation Camp, sponsored by and ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is now accepting applications for summer 2018.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 6. Students will be selected on a competitive basis and notified on or before April 16 for the camp, which runs June 17-29.

Open to aspiring journalists, game developers and other creative high school students, the free, two-week camp allows students to learn about and try out new technologies.

“We are pleased to once again support this effort to nurture the next generation of journalists. We can’t predict the ways news will be delivered in the future, but the role of a free press in democracy will be as important as ever.” Nicole Carroll, editor and vice president of news for The Republic and They’ll work alongside journalists, professors and more as they dive into new forms of storytelling in a digital media world.

Campers will have the opportunity to collaborate with professionals at ASU, and USA Today Network.

Participants will get to live on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. They’ll have the chance to experiment with 360-degree video, games and new apps.

There’s no age requirement to apply, but preference will be given to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

To apply, click here to fill out the online application form. Applicants also need a letter of recommendation from a teacher or adviser, a photo and a high school transcript.

The Media in Education fund of The Arizona Republic and cover camp programming costs, food and housing. Media in Education funds are generated by subscribers who donate the value of their subscription during vacations or other temporary stoppages. Donations to the Media in Education fund can be made by texting "JOURNALISM" to 51-555 or by clicking here.

Students are responsible for covering incidentals. Cronkite student counselors will stay with the students in the residence hall and work with them throughout the program.

Hopefully one of these options is enough to keep you busy, engaged and inspired all summer long. And who knows, you just might find your after-high-school-home along with the way.

Jamie Reporter01A recent graduate of Hoover HIgh School, North Canton, Ohio, Jamie Landers is entrenched in her first year at the Cronkite School of Journalism. In addition, she is a Special Events Producer for School Video News and has anchored many of our events including the annual Ohio Education Technology Conference broadcasts and the Student Production Awards of the Ohio Valley National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

While at Hoover High School, she was involved in her school’s broadcast class, HVTV News, produced and hosted “Up to Date,” a TV11 show that stepped away from the school and community to focus on breaking down national headlines.

Her time permitting, we hope to follow Jamie's journey through Cronkite and share her experiences with other aspiring broadcast journalists.

You can learn more about Jamie Landers at and in this interview

SVN Student Filmmaking Available Now

Im excited to announce the latest issue of SVN Student Filmmaking and introduce you to Adam Gorny, creator of Je Suis Humain.


A New Path Forward

The entertainment industry is filled with rags-to-riches stories.


NAB Is For Educators

 I have wrestled with several weeks on how to write this article.


Three Hours Recharges Your Program

I have heard of teachers who have had a lot of success with three-day or five-day boot camps, workshops, etc. with their incoming staffs preparing for the new year through ice breaker games, skill building and work exercises.


5 Ways Schools Can Benefit From iPad Broadcasting

Organizations big and small are all utilizing live streaming avenues to publicize their events these days, and schools are no exception to this new innovation.


A Quick Guide to 4K and Other Video Resolutions

Whether you’re an electronics consumer, or you work in the world of video production, you’ve most certainly heard about 4K.


Cronkite School Gets $1.9M Grant to Innovate Local TV News

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced a $1.9 million grant to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to advance digital and broadcast innovation in local television news.


Isle of Wight County School Adopts New Morning Announcements System With Teradek

In my younger days, having Oregon Trail at school meant that your school had the latest and greatest in computer technology.


Student Video Streaming LIVE for Post-Season Sports Championships

The video streaming experts at Eduvision led the way to be the power-platform backbone for GrandStadium, the Minnesota High School League (AKA: MSHSL) and Hubbard Television’s Channel 45 productions.


Sports Machine: Super Stats

Last weekend was the biggest game of the year.


Sports Machine: The Tune-up

Teaching is by far the most rewarding profession I have experienced but it is also the most frustrating at times.


The Sports Machine - Hoops and Holidays

I will start with an admission that I prefer basketball.


PTZ Cameras Gain Acceptance in Broadcast News Studios

"In broadcast markets of every size, news operations are replacing traditional, pedestal-mounted studio cameras with pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) models."


Fiber Optics: What, Why, How

Last month, I talked about going to the Sports Video Group’s College Video Summit in Atlanta and how at times I felt out of my league.


Student-Led Broadcasts

It has often been said that the best way is to “let the children lead the way,” and this is most definitely the case when it comes to allowing students the opportunity to showcase their talents as budding TV production teams.


A Manifesto for Media Education

Some truisms and a few provocations


High School Journalism Workshop at Ohio University

Ohio University will host its 71st annual High School Journalism Workshop from July 12-15, 2017.


UGAs Grady School and RCA's Sports Broadcast Academy Team Up

In February, I was at the post-game press conference for a University of Georgia basketball game.


A Certificate Program in Media and Education

The CAS is designed for educators who want to learn more about visual storytelling—video, film, television, radio, music, and the nearly infinite incarnations of these forms in online media—both how to make visual stories for teaching impact and how to help students tell their stories. The program also features a signature critical thinking unit on how to understand, analyze, present, and reinvent media with educational purpose and impact.


Students in the program will expand their visual storytelling skills in order to find their expressive voice and style and/or better help their students with issues and ideas they care about. Because assumptions about education, identity, and difference are always visible in the media-making process, the program will also work with students on the assumptions they bring to the stories they tell.



The Media and Education experience is designed around the priorities, conveniences, and assets of practicing educators. We have built a program centered on your specific educational settings and needs. This is why this teaching- and learning-centered program principally takes place in your own educational settings.


The four-part program is built around the school year of most primary and secondary schools. (See sidebar for more information)

For more information, contact Program Director
Jeffery Mangram 




The Summer Rundown

Four exciting specials to keep you sharp this summer.


The Sports Production Survey Results

We want to start by thanking all of you for taking the time to complete the survey.


High School Sports Machine - Funding the Dream

I am going go ahead and clear the air on the topic: YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO DO WHAT YOU WANT.


This Summer Invest in Yourself

Some people think summer means sand, sun, and friends.


Text Book Alert! TV Production and Broadcast Journalism, 3rd Edition

School Video News has been given permission by Goodheart-Willcox publishers of Phil Harris’ Television Production & Broadcast Journalism to announce the release of the new, 2018 edition.


Basketball to Soccer: Stream Sporting Events to Friends and Families

 Willamette University is a small liberal arts school located in Salem, Oregon.


Adobe Continues to Make it Easier

Every time Adobe releases an update, I get upset.


The Sports Machine:Hoop Dreams and Championship Rings

There is no rest for the weary in high school sports productions. Seasons always overlap.


This High School Broadcasting Class Does It All On An iPad

Getting permission to offer a broadcasting course 9 years ago wasn’t easy for Corner Canyon High School (CCHS).


Sports Machine: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The countdown is on!! We only have 20 days of class left.


Running Out of Project Ideas?

Projects for my beginning students are different than projects for my advanced classes.


How Fiber Changed Our Production Value

This season we had the opportunity to work with Tactical Fiber Systems to help raise the production value of our broadcasts.


Baseball, Graduations, and Ninja Turtles

The weather is turning and the students are starting to get more restless - especially the seniors!


October Video-Fest

The new school season has started, and the summer break seems like a dim and distant memory.


Learing How To Teach Multimedia Journalism

Doing multimedia journalism and teaching it are two very different things. The past semester marked my first as an adjunct professor. It was probably the best thing I could have done for my own education.


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