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Rundown: Producing the News

So, you’ve decided to develop a school news or informational broadcast. 

What were you thinking? 

It probably seemed like a good idea when you thought about it, but now, as you face the prospect of taking it on-air before the entire student body and fellow staff members of your school, you may wonder what you were thinking! Producing a daily news broadcast can be a full-time job in itself.

Don't worry,  here is a guide to refresh you and your students through all the basics you'll need to create a video production or broadcast journalism program at your school. No instruction though, can cover everything that will come up in a year of broadcasting. That's the joy of live television.

 *Ethical Considerations 
 *Stacking the News  
 *The Package 
 *News Judgement and Reporting 
 *Writing Compelling Leads
 *Intuitive Work Flows for Newsrooms 
*Scripting the News

You never know what's going to happen, and anything that can happen will. How well and professionally your students deal with all the pressures and challenges that face them, will determine the sense of achievement they'll take out of this activity.

Remember too, that your television broadcast staff is an elite group that is entrusted with live programming and communicates with the entire school every day. It is a trust that once earned must not be violated. Creating quality programming can be the most fun you and they might ever have.

Our special thanks for these issues go out to Alex McBurney, Director, KIRO-TV in Seattle, Matt Peschau, EZNews, and Ted White and Frank Barnas, authors of Broadcast News published by Focal Press.

(For more complete information on producing a morning news project, check out our special issue, The Morning News)