Have you ever noticed? There are common camera composition conventions that professional news video shooters, cinematographers, and broadcast engineers use to appeal to viewers. With this 10-Shot Camera Challenge, students can practice and hone basic camera composition shots.
Learn about common problems in audio production, how to solve them and what you can do to capture quality audio.
Students learn how to conquer external audio recorders and best practices for recording and syncing audio. This resource includes a video and teaching resources.
Students learn how sound can make or break their videos, why understanding the power of audio in video production is important, and an overview of different types of mics.
Preparation and practice are the keys to a successful interview and amazing story. The goal of the interview is to get soundbites that connect with your audience, illuminate the topic, and move your story forward.
Learn why good lighting is key to producing great video content.
How does news get from the front lines to your feed? Let’s take a look behind the curtain... Students will gain an understanding of what constitutes broadcast news and how it’s produced. They will use this knowledge to work backwards, investigating and critically analyzing news stories they’ve recently encountered. Click on the Activities Tab to complete the lesson.
Students will learn the basics of fact-checking a news story, and the difference between primary and secondary sources.
Students explore new topics and people to develop a compelling news story.
This lesson will help students understand how journalists decide what kinds of stories to pursue and help them sharpen the focus of their own story ideas.
In this Level Up, you will learn why b-roll is key to powerful storytelling, and tips for capturing compelling visuals for any video story. This resource includes a video and teaching resources.
Becky Wandel explores what to look for when reading the news via social media using her original stop light method. This resource includes a video and teaching resources.
In the aftermath of the divisive 2020 presidential election, PBS NewsHour and Student Reporting Labs (SRL) aired "We the Young People", a half-hour virtual special highlighting the impact of young voters. The show featured teen voices and conversations with experts focusing on issues that affect young people.
In the first video, Jevin West, an Associate Professor at the University of Washington who studies the spread of misinformation, talks to student reporter Bridgette Adu-Wadier about the ongoing problem of misinformation online and in our society and how it has impacted democratic processes. In the second video, multimedia reporter Heather Taylor-Wynn talks to two teen fact-checkers from Poynter’s MediaWise program about solutions to slow down the spread of misinformation.
SRL's Becky Wandel spoke with science producer Nsikan Akpan about he how he debunked that cellphone-horns story. This resource includes a video and teaching resources to help students dig more deeply into the facts behind science stories we see in the news.
Watch this quick video to get tips on how to properly focus using a camera
With help from student reporter Sonal Prakash, SRL explains the best ways to tell audio stories at home. Use this accompanying one-pager for more on audio storytelling and step-by-step instructions for creating your own podcast.
Recording a video diary is one of the best ways to tell your own story. Take a look at these tips from some of SRL's producers (and with help from some of our student journos) on how to record your own.
An interview, video diary, or news package is enhanced when you can get some shots that visually represent what was said on camera. In this Level Up tutorial, SRL will show you how to use your phone to record b-roll.
Learn how to become a better visual storyteller by analyzing and creating your own video sequences.
Students will explore, engage and develop a thorough understanding of the components and ethics related to journalism. Click on the Activities Tab to complete the lesson.
Learn about the principles of photography to make your footage pop!
Students will learn to turn their story ideas into fully developed pitches. A pitch enables students to explain their story succinctly and also keep their story focused during the production process. Click on the Activities Tab to complete the lesson.
Pre-interviews help you find the right voices (characters) for your story. In the Find Your Story Lesson, you identified potential people to interview and feature in your story. Now you will talk to them to get a sense of whether they are indeed the right people and if they will move your story forward. The pre-interview will also help you create a list of interview questions so that you can make the best use of your time, and theirs. Click on the Activities Tab to complete the lesson.
SRL wants to meet students where they are online -- whether that’s TikTok or Instagram. Used both as a reporting tool and a promotional tool, social media can be integral for student journalists. Use this guide to help find your classroom’s voice online.
Students will identify what they know and don’t know about their story’s topic. Once students know what they don’t know, they will use curiosity to guide research that will result in better developed stories.
Writing a script is intimidating, but actually, breaking the process into small steps makes it MUCH EASIER and will result in a MUCH BETTER story. This lesson shows you how to plan and write a script. It is highly recommended that you use this lesson when students are working on a story. This lesson has several parts. These Scripting Slides can be used throughout the lessons. You might use some or all. Each will take about 50 minutes.
Students will visually map portrayals of their communities in the news media. The result will be a graphic organizer of unique perspectives and story ideas. Click on the Activities Tab to complete the lesson.
Preparation and practice are the keys to a successful interview and amazing story. This lesson uses a famous art project, Humans of New York, to reverse-engineer good interview questions and techniques. Before you write your own interview questions, understand your goal: to get soundbites that connect with your audience, illuminate the topic and move your story forward. Click on the Activities Tab to complete the lesson.
What makes a video story good isn’t just about the topic, it’s how you tell the story. In this lesson, you will focus on key elements that make for great nonfiction stories like news packages, video profiles, explainers, and short documentaries.
Journalists often pitch story ideas inspired by events occurring in their communities or by issues they care about, but they also turn to the Internet and social media to find out what topics are engaging a large audience. This lesson will challenge students to think about the term “newsworthy” and what makes a story worthy of being reported. Click on the Activities Tab to complete the lesson.
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, in partnership with the Poynter Institute's MediaWise, hosted “Face the Facts: Election 2020 Youth Town Hall.” The virtual event engaged students and first-time voters to be prepared and better informed ahead of the November elections. In this resource, Hari Sreenivasan presents highlights from this town hall meeting. This resource includes a video and teaching resources.