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Lesson 1.3: Who makes the news?
Developed by Imani M. Cheers
Students will understand the role of executive producers, segment producers, reporters, camera operators, sound engineers, grips/gaffers, graphic artists and production assistants, who are planning content, gathering story ideas, selecting sources and publishing breaking news.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
Make copies of Worksheets A for students. Review additional resources for students to watch for extra support.
Ask: Who decides what is news and what is not?
Ask: What are some different jobs in the news industry? What is the difference between a reporter and an editor? A producer and a director?
Listen to students’ answers as they will vary based on their experiences. You might want to write down a list of responses and then have them compare their complied list to the worksheets.
Explore: Who makes the news?
Pass out copies of Worksheet A. In this activity, students will work in groups to define the 9 newsroom roles and should be prepared to discuss with their other classmates.