Digital Video 2 – KNIGHTLY NEWS
Students in this advanced program will participate weekly in the production of Knightly News, a nationally recognized news broadcast that won first place at the 2011 STN Convention last year in Orlando, Florida. This class is very fast-paced with weekly deadlines and no shortage of pressure. Students participate in this hands-on, adrenaline-pumping curriculum for the entire year while creating new content weekly for the school news show, which airs to Vanguard High School every Friday morning.
During the first semester, students take part in training for show production and news gathering, while slowly bringing Knightly News up to full speed by mid-October. Every other week, student teams are required to produce a news story for the broadcast, which is primarily journalistic in nature and designed to focus on the stories and lives of the people at VHS. In addition to news stories, students are encouraged to contribute to KnightlyNews.org, the program’s online publication, by posting their work via SchoolTube and attaching relevant and informative articles.
This level of Digital Video requires each student producer to step out of his/her comfort zone and into the role of a journalist/reporter. Each day, that starts with an awareness of social issues and current events as students will be required to “hit the streets” in search of relevant news stories and feature segments that aim to make a difference in the lives of others. Student journalists will be expected to display a fair and neutral attitude toward their writing and reporting, pushing aside all personal opinions they may feel regarding an issue. In this class, journalism is the art of telling stories through other people. A successful reporter will be able to convey a clear, balanced message in the content of his/her script that appropriately and fairly touches on both sides of an issue.
Additionally, students will be required to sharpen their skills in field production, photography, and editing. Each news segment must be shot, written, and edited within a two week period in order to meet the Knightly News deadline.
Click below to watch a Knightly News broadcast: