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News Broadcast – Self-Evaluation Form

Broadcast News Self Evaluation Rubric

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Book Talks

Students are reading a book of their own choosing and are completing two reading responses, minimum 1-page each, using at least 3 reading strategies.

Next, they will be giving a book talk to the class on their novel.


If students finish early, they can add media to their book talk and enhance their media marks.


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How to: Recording and sharing video

Recording and sharing video

Devices commonly used to record video include:

  • handheld cameras
  • mobile phones
  • tablets

In some cases, video needs to be copied from these devices to a computer before it can be shared on services like YouTube, Vimeo and MetaCafe. However, some devices can post video directly to these services.

Transferring video to a PC or laptop

Use the device’s data cable to transfer video to a PC or laptop. If it doesn’t have a data cable, it probably has a removable memory card. These can be read by PCs or laptops with memory card readers. Some devices will have both options.

Digtal camera plugged into a computer via USB

Video file formats

Not all devices record video in the same file format. The most common file formats are:

  • AVI
  • MPEG
  • MP4
  • WMV
  • MOV

Online services usually convert videos into FLV files or Flash video, as most web browsers can play these files.

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News Broadcast Learning Goals, Success Criteria and Checklists!

Here are the criteria we came up with as a class that make for a good tv news broadcast.

Learning Goal

We are learning to create tv news broadcasts.

Success Criteria

  1. I can speak like a broadcaster
    • Professional but friendly tone and language
    • Slow and steady pace
    • Volume is loader than a conversational voice
    • Clarity: each word is enunciated clearly
  2. I can display professional body language
    • Formal Posture: sit up straight, shoulders back
    • Hands are folded in front or are gesturing
    • Maintain eye contact with camera/audience

Media Checklist

  • Camera Filming
    • Maintain focus
    • Not shaky
    • Good volume
    • Frame: Medium/Close-up
    • Straight camera angle
  • Editing
    • edit out errors or blank time
    • smooth transitions between segments
    • Title and credits

Group Checklist

  • Partial memorization so that you can look at the camera
  • Props: Make sure you dress the part
  • Writing style reflects the news
    • news sounds timely
    • language is friendly yet professional
  • Creative & professional
  • Cooperation amongst group members
  • Cohesion & Consistency between group member segments

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BBC Resources for Making a News Broadcast

Video: How to make a video news report (7 mins)

Learn how to make a great video report with some help from the BBC reporter Sophie Long.

School Reporters show how the news-making process works and break down the components of a good news package.

Video and guide: How to make your own teleprompter! (4 mins)

Newsreaders need to be able to read an autocue – and now School Reporters can follow suit.

But don’t worry – your school doesn’t have to shell out hundreds of pounds on expensive equipment.

This video explains how, in true Blue Peter style, you can make one yourselves with some cardboard, sticky tape, a CD case and a smartphone!

Using an autocue or teleprompter means the presenter can read their lines while looking directly at the camera and can help to make your reports look even more professional.

Alternatively, you could also use this website which enables you to create an autocue on your computer.

Video: Video journalism masterclass (8 mins 30 secs)

Are your School Reporters planning on making TV packages?

Watch BBC video journalist Mark Egan giving his top tips for making great news reports. From checking you have all the kit, to shooting different angles and coming up with creative ideas, this video will help you get up to speed with making reports.

And for some examples of some off-the-wall and brilliantly creative ideas that make a great impact on the screen, have a look at these suggestions from BBC journalist Brady Haran.

Video: Writing headlines (12 mins 30 secs)

In this video on the BBC’s College of Journalism’s website, BBC news presenter Huw Edwards introduces the importance of good headline writing to TV news programmes.

Also in this section, you can work through senior TV producer Brian Whelan’s video guide to good headlines, Sian Williams’ guide to writing TV intros and Neil Churchman’s guide to writing radio cues.

Video: Presenting Live TV (17 mins 30 secs)

In this video, from the BBC’s College of Journalism, Jon Sopel of the BBC News Channel offers his presenting advice.

As he explains, there are difficult judgments to make – how much and how carefully to plan; how much to script; how much to learn by heart; how often you can just rely on describing what’s happening around you. There are other masterclasses in this section of the site, including one on doing pieces to camera.

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Newspaper Article Rubric



Editor’s checklist:

  • Is the information grouped into logical paragraphs?
  • Are the paragraphs in a logical order?
  • Is there any unnecessary information?
  • Is any necessary information missing?
  • Are there any parts that you can’t understand?
  • Are a lot of the same words repeated?
  • Can more precise words be used?
  • Is there too much repetition of linkers like and, but, then etc?
  • Do all the verbs agree with their subjects? (e.g. she are is …)
  • Have articles (the, a, an) been used correctly?
  • Have the correct verb forms been used?
  • Is the punctuation correct?
  • Have all the words been spelt correctly?

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Journalism & Quotations

We are conducting interviews and practicing writing quotes!

In every interview:

  1. Listen more than you speak. Control the interview gently, but don’t interrupt.
  2. Be polite but persistent.
  3. Ask open-ended questions; especially avoid questions with “yes/no” answers.
  4. Visualise the story as it is revealed to you.
  5. Evaluate the news story as it is revealed to you.
  6. At the end of the interview, recap what you understand the story to be.



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Homework: Newspaper article analysis due Monday


7-1/2 has a “critical analysis” due on Monday for an article on Bill C-51.

Here is the article:

Here is the link to the questions they must answer:

Any questions, please email


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Newspaper Learning Goal

We are learning to read and write newspaper articles

  • I can identify the parts of the newspaper, using proper vocabulary
  • I understand the purpose of newspapers
      1. Inform, Interpret, Entertain, Persuade, Provide a Service, Make Money
  • I can critically analyze images in the newspapers
    • angle, composition, background, etc.
  • I can critically read a newspaper and identify sources of bias and point of view
    • author, publication, experts, omissions, tone, etc..
  • I can write a newspaper article using facts (5Ws) and represent both sides of the story
    • facts vs opinions
  • I can write an effective title that generates interest in the article
    • specific, alliteration, conflict, mystery, rhyme, numbers, adjectives/word choice, facts, etc…

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Debate Research Tips

  • In your own words
    • If you sound like you’re reading for Wikipedia, your audience a) won’t believe you and b) will be bored.
  • Similes/Comparisons
    • Include a simile to make statistics more meaningful to your audience
    • It’s hard for your audience to imagine numbers and facts. Can you make a comparison to something familiar to your audience to help them understand.
    • E.g., Ontario would save $8 billion – that’s enough money to build and staff 3 new nuclear power plants.
  • Word Choice
    • You need to sound passionate about your topic. Use passionate, powerful words!
  • Concessions
    • If you don’t address something your opponent says, you are conceding the point – saying it’s true.
  • Summarize
    • Before you are done speaking, you will want to remind your audience of all of the great points you made before your opponent gets a chance to speak.

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