Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Yesterday was the Democratic Primary in Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote over Barack Obama. Here are two news stories about the contest (you can search for more):

Today you will produce a 28 second news braoadcast about the primary. This segment must tell the viewer the "who, what, where, why, how" about the event. This will be challenging to do in 28 seconds.

Of course, news can be biased. What headline will you choose? "Clinton Wins!" "Obama Loses!" "Obama closes gap to 10%!" Each headline tells a different story about the same event. This choice will drive your script and the choice of images that you include.

Steps for process:

1. Look at previous examples that students made about the Iowa Caucus.

2. Choose your headline. Write your script. Time the script, remembering that you will need a second or two on each end as a buffer. Make sure you have answered viewers questions (who, what, etc..). Finish your script with something like "This is John Smith for Seymour High School news".

3. Choose your images (free and non-copyrighted) using clip-art, flickr or make your own. Some of you might think "out of the box" for a second and realize we dont need only pictures of Clinton and Obama to tell this story (photos of voting booths, Pennsylvania, etc...). Choose images that match your headline. Import images to moviemaker. Arrange images. Test movie with script.

4. Record script directly to moviemaker or use Audacity. You must use your own voice as the reporter.

5. Edit movie. Save movie file to your UDrive class folder by the end of class on Thursday. I will post best examples to teachertube.

6. Don't waste time searching for pictures. Seriously. Move fast.

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