Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Good afternoon.

Today, I’d like to conference with you each about your news packages and to go over your self-evaluations.

Between now and the end of the semester, I’d like you to do two main assignments consisting of a combination of News Packages and/or Podcasts. You could do two News Packages or one News Package and one Podcast. You can of course do more than that, but I’d like us to have that as a minimum. You can choose the topic/subject, but it needs to be approved by me ahead of time.

Please have a topic chosen by Monday when you come to class, AND please fill out an News Package/Podcast Proposal for each. (in Classroom)

Here are some examples of student-created news packages. 

I’d also like to implement a point system for grading LinksLive! episode duties/roles. Here’s my vision. I’m open to suggestions.

Points for broadcast roles.

Off-Team Days: Work on Individual Projects – News Packages and/or Podcasts

Everyone must edit at least one episode every two weeks.
Points deducted for errors/mistakes – graphics missing, names misspelled, mics not turned on, etc. Rubric for broadcasts: 4 pts.
Self Evaluations

Rubric for each role:
Anchor – minimal mistakes, with feeling,
Camera/Audio/Studio Reset – Camera set correctly, sound check
Must earn _ pts/ 2 weeks for desired grade

This will need some tweaking, but this is the general idea.

I’d like everyone to edit at least once during the two-week cycle. If someone is absent, someone else might need to step in. 

A = 25-30 pts.
B = 20-24 pts
C = 15-19 pts
D = 12-14 pts
F = 0-11 pts

I’d also like to discuss the idea of someone to do pre-post-production graphics. This person would create graphics and text inserts for the broadcast while others on the team are filming. This way, the person editing wouldn’t have to spend so much time creating them during the editing.

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Good afternoon!

(I’ve added some of this in Classroom.)

Please USE THIS FORM to keep track of your Broadcast Roles EVERY DAY so I can keep track of who has done what on what days over the semester.
Each person is also responsible for entering their names ON THE SCRIPT for their role that day.

News Packages from first quarter are DUE as FINAL on Wednesday of next week (11/6/19). This will be a summative grade. If you need help with anything let me know. I’m available after school every day next week, but we need to get these done and in the can.

You can review the example and explanation that we went over in class:

There is a good list of tips here:

And here’s a decent student example:

You should be thinking of a topic for your next package. This will be due on Thursday. You will need to do at least two more before the end of the semester. You can do more for extra credit. We will have set deadlines for each phase of the production process.

I’d also like to discuss having each team do the broadcast for the entire week and then switch for the following week. This will allow off-teams to have more time to work on news packages. Let’s start this on Monday. Roles will rotate.

Notes on Broadcasts: 
I will be sharing notes with editors after the broadcast for things that needed to be fixed or ideas for future shows.

  • Glasses reflection – Thea and Jenna – Move the backdrop? Or hold up black screen behind camera?
  • Michael’s mic was not on.
  • Sound was muffled. Experiment with other mics?
  • Credits – Please make sure

Ideas for future segments? Podcasts? Let’s start thinking about expanding and doing different things.

I would like to formalize grading for the broadcasts as well. Everyone needs to share the editing load, and we’re going to have a set schedule for everyone’s roles ahead of broadcast. I have some thoughts that we’ll discuss today and Monday.


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. 

iMovie Tutorials and News Packages

The News Package: Using Video to Tell Stories

Teams of 2:
1. Camera Operator
2. On-Screen Reporter
3. Video Editor – (Both work to put the piece together)

Work together to come up with a topic of interest.
Sources: List people to interview.
Locations: Places to shoot. B-Roll
Script: Basics of the story (5Ws).
Storyboarding: Planning each shot and the sequence
Editing: Sequence the shots in iMovie

Film segments:
Establishing Shot – Visuals during the voiceover that show where the story takes place.
Close Up – Focus on something in detail.
Wide Shot – Show the person or subject in their surroundings.
Interesting Angle – Shoot from a different perspective (low, high, angled).
B-Roll – Video clips that show background to the story.
Stand Ups – The reporter is talking to the camera, maybe showing or demonstrating something.

Audio – 
Reporter Track
Nat Sounds 
Sound Bites

You should also have Subtitle/Title Bars identifying the people in your shots.
You can also choose a Theme with formatted graphics,

Storyboard – List the shots you need and the order they will appear in the video.
Script – What will the reporter say during the intro, in between sound bites, and as a closing.

  • B-Roll – video clips illustrating the story, edited in sequences to give the viewer an accurate picture of what’s happening.
  • Reporter track – your voice as the reporter, narrating the b-roll. If you want to compare it to a newspaper article, it’s everything that’s not the quotes.
  • Soundbites – You will be interviewing several people for every package, but you’re not going to use their entire conversation. Chop the interview into short, meaningful soundbites.
  • Natural sound – the ambient noise in an area lets the story breathe, and nat pops (short bursts of natural sound) can jump out to the viewer and grab their attention
  • Stand ups – The reporter on camera, demonstrating or showing something. Don’t use it for face time, use it as a way to illustrate the story. Use props or set the camera at unique angles to show something.




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