Monday, Sept. 30, 2019

Thanks for your work at Festivus with the guest anchor takeover. 

That segment took me over 5 hours to edit. We are NOT doing that again. There is also a TON of material for an excellent gag reel.

Today, Team 1 is producing the broadcast for tomorrow. 


Team 2: We will go over WeVideo, so you can put together a broadcast after you produce Wednesday’s broadcast tomorrow.


Didn’t sign up: Mikil, Liam, Sara

Other Business:
1. Slack – app – Join
2. I will be gone this Friday. I’m traveling to a wedding and won’t be home util late Sunday night. Monday’s broadcast will be totally in your hands. Please work together and help each other to get it read for Monday morning.
3. Drafts of Storyboards: These were due last Thursday. I have received only four of these. They are late and will be downgraded each day until turned in.
4. You were supposed to compete a practice video in WeVideo that was due today. (See last Monday’s post).

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

LinksLive! Festivus Booth

  1. Equipment
    1. Pack/Move/Set Up/Take Down/Return
    2. Charge Batteries, Get Cameras Ready
    3. Green Screen, Frame, Cart, Cords, Lights, Mics, Camera
    4. Desk, Chairs
    5. Scout the Location TODAY
  2. ShiftsSign up TODAY before you leave.
  3. Plan
    1. Announcements loaded into teleprompter.
    2. Print outs for people to practice
  4. SIGN/BANNER at booth and outside to direct people in.
  5. Announcement for tomorrow’s broadcast –
  6. Record Interviews with people at desk?
  7. Other ideas:

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

Good afternoon.

Lots going on this week:

  1. Festivus this Friday -We have space inside by the Math Office Hallway for a booth where we can film people sitting/standing in front of the green screen. They can take a seat and read the announcements from the teleprompter. We can use good ones for our actual broadcast for Monday if we want to. We can also come up with some other things for them to say.
  2. We can also have a LinksLive! Frame thing for people to stand in front of to answer questions about Festivus or school or current issues. Anyone with some art skills like to take that on? This can be next to the booth.
  3. We also need to interview people outside and around the grounds during Festivus. My Photojournalism students may help with this. Ask people what their favorite part of Festivus is. Best food/game/activity? Funny story? Especially we need to cover the student/staff challenges. Schedule to follow later this week.
  4. Alex has created a spreadsheet for you all to sign up for a shift at the booth.
  5.  I would like to begin splitting you up into two or three mini-crews so that some of you are working on the daily broadcast while others are in the newsroom getting instruction (about Interviewing, editing, etc.) and working on your independent projects. We need a crew of at least three or four people: one or two anchors, one camera person, one teleprompter operator, and one graphics wrangler. Each person will also take on lights, sound, and script duties. These shifts can either rotate every day, or they can do every other week, or every couple of days.
  6. Non-Studio Broadcasts: I’d also like to film each of you delivering the intro sequences. “Good morning Lincoln High, and welcome to the LHS Morning News Show. I’m_____.” and the outro/signoff sequence. That’s all for today. Join us again next time on LinksLive!.” Once we have all of these filmed and uploaded to WeVideo, you can each record the audio of the announcements yourselves outside of class (on your phones or Chromebooks) and drop in the graphics over top of them to make the daily broadcasts. This will help for days when we don’t have time to do a full studio show. We’ll schedule these this week.
  7. We’ll be having some guest speakers/presenters coming in the next couple of weeks to share their expertise with you. On those days we may do the modified non-studio broadcasts.
  8. Starting this week, you will be getting graded on your broadcast assignments. Each person should have an active duty for their shifts.
  9. Assignments:
    1. I’d like each of you to use WeVideo to put together a LinksLive! broadcast. I have a template that’s shared with all of you there. You can then make your own video and share it with me. Use the clips and graphics in the Project Media folder. There is also a sample project to use as a guide. This will be due next Monday, Sept. 30th. 
    2. Read Chapter 16 of the text and take notes. Visual and Multimedia Storytelling. Quiz on Wednesday.
    3. Drafts and Storyboards of your News Packages are due this Thursday. You should be developing a plan to shoot footage this week. Please use this sheet to indicate what your subject is. 

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

Good afternoon.

Please be sure to upload your News Package Practice to your Server Folder TODAY! Go – Connect to Server – smb://

Put it in the folder with your name on it, and name it: NewsPackagePractice_Name

Not many announcements for tomorrow. We may skip the broadcast and just include text in the LHS Daily News doc.

We need to be working on other segments to include on slow days. Short news packages (1-2 minutes) covering things happening around LHS.

We talked about on Friday about covering the various After School offerings. I would like each of you to pick one (here is a list with meeting times and locations), sign up (here) and begin working on putting together a video brief. This should include all of the elements that we discussed for the News Package Practice. Here’s a link to that tutorial.


  1. Find out who the person in charge is.
  2. Contact them and let them know what you would like to do.
  3. Set up a time to interview them.
  4. Set up a time to visit the group.
  5. Interview members. Record these.
  6. Film: Wide shots, close ups, B-Roll, etc.
  7. Edit in iMoive, WeVideo, or Premiere




Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

Today I’d like you to begin working with iMovie on a News Package Practice Video.

There is a folder of video clips in the Class Read Only folder on the server. You should drag that folder to your desktop, and use the clips in it to practice using iMovie.

We watched a tutorial yesterday, and here is a link if you need to refer to it. You can also help each other out. It will take some time to get comfortable with the program, but once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze.

Specifically, I’d like you to do the following:

1. Create a new movie project and title it YourFirstName.NewsPackagePractice.
2. Choose a Theme and apply it.
3. Import the clips.
4. Add clips to the Timeline.
5. Edit the clips –
– split some of the clips to remove unwanted footage,
– use some effects like picture in picture, Ken Burns effect, etc.
– add Transitions
– extract the audio from a video clip
– add the audio tracks to the project
– adjust the volume of a clip

6. Add Titles and Text
Here is a link to the Full Tutorial
Below are the time indexes for the specific parts of the tutorial.
Part 1 – Creating a New Movie Project – 00:31
Part 2 – Importing Media – 1:24
Part 3 – Adding Media to the Time Line – 3:45
Part 4 – Editing Video – 6:18
Part 5 – Titles & Text – 23:56
Part 6 – Editing Audio – 31:25
Part 7 – Sharing Movies (Exporting) – 40:14

iMovie saves their progress automatically, so when they are done, they can just quit out of the program. But be sure your clips have finished importing before you quit.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

Today we’re going to watch a tutorial on using iMovie. We’ll learn how to create a new movie, how to import clips, how to add them to your timeline, how to edit video and audio clips, and how to add titles and text.

Tomorrow, I will have some practice clips for you to work with to help you learn the basics and apply them. You will use the practice clips to create a short News Package using the techniques and tools that we learn about today. Here is the link to the tutorial.

Also, I’d like you to read the section on Video Journalism in Chapter 16 of the text: From the Bottom of page 497 – 517. 

We will have a quiz over the chapter on Thursday.