Service Learning News Story Project
This lesson by David Smith demonstrates ways in which documentary video can be utilized to create multi-modal 21st century literacy assignments. David's class produce short television news stories promoting service learning and social good projects on campus.
Phase 1: Pre-Production
Students chose a topic, and then learned about storyboarding (to plan shots), outlining, and script production. They scheduled and arranged interviews.
Phase 2: Production
Students learned about how to focus on the story and create a basic narrative structure. They learned to identify basic shots focus on story (wide, close up, medium) and the messages they can help convey. They learned about and shot b roll, and practiced basic audio recording. We also discussed interviewing techniques.
Phase 3: Editing
Using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop, students practiced the following skills as they edited their footage:
- Importing footage (organizing into folders by projects etc.)
- In and out points
- Looking for shots - shot selection/labeling/organizing (bins etc.)
- Adding basic titles (lower thirds, rolling titles, establishing titles to introduce stories)
- Making basic audio improvements (with audition or the basic features in PP)
Phase 4: Evaluation
As a class, we reviewed the work. We used the attached rubrics to evaluate and assess our learning.