Available online now: Two Special Issues

The editors and staff of School Video News bring you the 2nd editions of Sports Broadcasting and our popular Back to School supplement.


Without the Broadcast Students of today, there will be no professionals tomorrow.


 

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Our Sports Broadcasting issue includes:

Anchoring and Play by Play

The real trick comes in the delivery, style, and presentation of the anchor. Most stations generally have the same stories, the same interviews, and the same hilights. The challenge is to present that material in a way that engages the audience and sets you apart from your competition.

Ask a hundred different people in the industry how to do this, and you'll probably get a hundred different answers. But most news directors, sports professionals, and television consultants agree that good sports anchoring includes some very basic elements.


Production and Broadcast

Television sports are often broadcast live. If the director misses a lay-up during a basket-ball game, they can't redo it. Some things, such as commentary, can be reworked in post-production, but the action is live. That means the television broadcast has to be done right the first time, with no retakes, and it has to be done with quality. This live event pressure makes television sport one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, type of television production.

Sport productions can exist on a very small scale, such as two cameras at a local basketball game for a live-stream or to be shown on cable , as compared to 41 cameras at the Super Bowl or 400 cameras at a multi-event Olympic Games.


Reporting and Writing

Broadcasters cover game stories with the same things in mind-giving audiences the important details about who won and who played well. In terms of feature reporting, broadcasters should also look for important human or social contexts around which to build their stories.


 

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Our Annual Back to School supplement includes:

A Review of Copyright and Compliance

Since this is the beginning of the school year, you might consider tackling the “copyright monster” now. Once students start brainstorming ideas and becoming emotionally attached to these ideas, it becomes very difficult and frustrating to both you and them if you crack down on copyright infringement issues.  Wouldn’t it be easier to stop the problems before they come up?


Review: Studio Production

Video production appears deceptively simple. After all, the video camera gives us an immediate picture of the scene before us, and the micro phone pics up the sound of the action. Most of us start by pointing our camera and microphone at the subject but find the results unsatisfying. Why? Is it the equipment or us? It may be a little of both. But the odds are that we are the problem.

As you may have already discovered, there is no magic recipe for creating attractive and interesting programs. All successful production springs from a foundation of knowing the equipment, production techniques, and video production process.


Insights From the Studio of Phil Harris

A few years ago several teachers who attended one of my teacher-training sessions at a convention asked me afterwards if I’d consider sharing more of my insights on teaching television production and broadcast journalism. Coincidentally, School Video News had approached me with the same request: Would I share my thoughts and experiences with their readers who happen to be teachers of TV/Video and Film Production. I said I’d be happy to and that was 30+ articles ago!


Producing the News

It probably seemed like a good idea when you thought about it, but now, as you face the prospect of taking it on-air before the entire student body and fellow staff members of your school, you may wonder what you were thinking! Producing a daily news broadcast can be a full-time job in itself.

Don't worry, here is a guide to refresh you and your students through all the basics you'll need to create a video production or broadcast journalism program at your school. No instruction though, can cover everything that will come up in a year of broadcasting. That's the joy of live television.


Writing

Whether it’s an interview, a documentary, a streaming video or even an actual movie, it all begins with someone having an idea and believing that a visual medium is the best way to deliver it.

The monthly lesson plans you’ll find here are the starting point for any aspiring screenwriter and filmmaker who wants to learn how to develop a fresh concept, build a plot, choose the right characters, and put words in their mouths. These assignments easily lend themselves to modification depending on the age, maturity and writing abilities of the learners.

While the content primarily focuses on the skills necessary to become a visual storyteller, it is also designed to (1) promote reading comprehension, analytical and critical thinking abilities, (2) improve spelling and grammar, (3) encourage attention to cohesion and detail, (4) unlock imagination and (5) foster greater confidence with the written word.


Student-produced content including magazine and hard news formats, examples of remotes and stand-up interviews, sports features and other content.

Click here to view Back To School,  You won't want to miss it.