I know many media coordinators facilitate a daily or weekly news show at their schools, and have answered my many questions about it. Thank you for all of your advice as we started ours at NDMS! Here is how we decided to run our news program. It has been a lot of fun and a huge learning curve for me. I am constantly impressed by our students.
Our School Improvement Team requested a student news show after several years of not having one. We didn't have the technology to easily do a daily live show, so we decided to have a weekly pre-recorded show. Students applied in the spring of last year. We had so many strong applicants that I decided to have two crews or 7 or 8 students each. They come every other week Monday-Thursday during our daily Intervention time. Because each crew comes every other week, each student does have time in his/her class if needed to work on interventions or enrichment activities.
The students plan their segments, write scripts, conduct interviews, film, and help edit using iMovie. Each news crew has a Team Google Drive for their files. As the year has progressed, they have taken on more leadership and shown more creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving! Each show is approximately 5 minutes long and is shown in the classrooms on Fridays. I upload it into a shared Google Drive. The students announce upcoming events, interview staff and students, celebrate birthdays, tell jokes, do book reviews, surprising facts, etc. Now that the students (and I) have the hang of it, we have started to incorporate the green screen.
We use an iPad on a tripod to record and a Macbook to use iMovie. I used a Donors Choose project to get two iPad tripod stands and two lapel microphones, but they are relatively inexpensive. I am including some screenshots from the shows and would be glad to share the videos with anyone who is interested in seeing one. It's definitely not professional, but it is fun!
Kristi Allred, NBCT
North Davidson Middle School
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