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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.

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