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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