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Lesson 1.1: What is Newsworthy?

Students learn about how decisions are made about what’s newsworthy.

Lesson 1.2: What Makes a Good Video Report?

Students will learn about components that make up a good video report and how to provide feedback effectively.

Lesson 1.3: Journalism Ethics

Students will explore, engage and develop a thorough understanding of the theories and ethics related to journalism.

Lesson 1.4: Copyright & Fair Use

In developing video packages for PBS Student Reporting Labs, your students may want to incorporate copyrighted materials, including photographs, music, film or video clips.

Lesson 1.5: Broadcast News

Students will identify structural features of broadcast news and then compare different news sources.

Lesson 2.2: Interviewing: The Art of Asking Questions

Students practice calling a source to conduct a phone interview in a role-playing simulation activity. They learn five characteristics of good interviewing and five characteristics of being an effective source.

Lesson 2.3: Facts vs. Opinions vs. Informed Opinions and their Role in Journalism

Students learn why many people like opinions more than facts and reflect on the negative and positive consequences of this tendency. Then they practice three strategies for determining the difference between the opinions and facts to discover the power of critical thinking.

Lesson 3.1: Production

In this unique set of video tutorials produced by Gil Garcia of Austin High School, students learnabout the different roles associated with video production, how to scout a location and set up, best practices for audio gathering, lighting basics, the importance of white-balancing, how to approach interview process and how to gather different forms of b-roll.

Lesson 2.1: Finding Story Ideas

By generating news story ideas from their own life, students learn how news develops from people’s natural curiosity about the people, places, events and situations of daily life.

Lesson 3.2: Team Work and Planning

Working in groups can be challenging for even the best students and so helping kids learn how to work well together can be an invaluable lesson not only in journalism but across the curriculum. Remind students that while some news organizations have APJs (All Platform Journalists) who work in field alone producing news packages, it is still common practice to collaborate in teams of two to five production members.