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.
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
The resources in this collection come from the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs project. The resources support teachers and students develop broadcast journalism, filmmaking, photography, information literacy, and civics skills. Additional SRL resources can be found on their StoryMaker website.
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!