Syllabus: Intro To ENG / Broadcast Journalism

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Resources:  DJTV (Digital Juice), Izzy Video, Videomaker Presents, Nortel Learn IT, The Grip Guide, Fresh DV, AFI ScreenNation Learn, Expert Village, Media College Video Guide, Expert Village: How To Be A TV News Reporter WLAJ Michigan, Photojournalism From A Student’s Eye (PJFSE),

Intro To ENG (Electronic News Gathering)


Week 1:

Equipment Use Form

Lesson 1:  What Is News?

Lesson 2:  Shooting The News: Camera Operation: Basic Moves (Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Dolly, Truck)

Media College: Camera Movements,

(Expert Village Tilt and Pan via YouTube, Digital Juice: Take Five Creative Shooting, Digital Juice: Production Notes Hello Dolly, Videomaker Presents #81, How To Be A TV Reporter:Camera Moves for TV News)

Week 2:

Lesson 3: Camera Operation: Basic Shots (Wide, Medium, Close, Angles and Framing)

Media College: Camera Shots,

(Digital Juice: Field of View – Through The Window, Izzy Video (paid subscription required #4, #13, #53)

Lesson 4:  Camera Operation: Rule of Thirds/Shot Composition

Media College: Rule of ThirdsSeven Deadly Sins of Camerawork (VidMaker),

(Digital Juice: Take Five I’ve Been Framed, Izzy Video (paid subscription required #1, #25), Nortel LearnIT: Rule of Thirds)

Assignment 1: Basic Camera Shots & Moves

Week 3:

Lesson 5:  Tripod vs. Handholding

(Videomaker Presents #69, #101, How To Be A TV Reporter: Using a Tripod For News, Tripod Placement For News)

Practical Exercise 1:  Setting Up Tripods and Cameras

Lesson 6:  Camera Settings (White Balance)

Media College: White Balance

Practical Exercise 2:  Using The Camera: White Balancing

Unit 1 Test Lessons 1-6

Week 4:

Lesson 7: Cables, Connectors & Hookups (PowerPoint, Quiz)

Gear Wire: Proper Cable Wrapping, Grip Guide: Ep. 3 Proper Use of Cables

Lesson 8: Microphone Pickup Patterns & Use

Digital Juice: Audio Buzz – Picking The Right Mic, Digital Juice: VO Tips & Tricks, HTBTVR: Using A Handheld Mic, Videomaker: Ep 73 – Microphone Types, Ep 113 – Outdoor Audio,

Practical Exercise 3:  Record A Voiceover

Week 5:

Lesson 9:  Recording Voice Overs

Review Voiceovers / Writing Good Interview Questions

Saying Names Correctly, How To Say That Hard To Say Word,

Lesson 10:  Recording Interviews For Broadcast

Practical Exercise 4:  Recording Interviews (Writing Interview Questions and then practice interviews)

Review Interviews

Week 6:

Practical Exercise 5:  Capturing B-Roll

Lesson 13:  Final Cut 4 Editing Basics: Log & Capture, Basic FCE4 Layout

Importing Video in FCE (PJFSE I), Final Cut Basics (PJFSE II),

Week 7:

Lesson 14:  Capturing Clips, Editing Clips and Organizing Clips (Apple Tutorials FCE4)

Editing Clips – In & Out Points (PJFSE III)

Lesson 15 Basic Clip Editing, Timeline View Editing (Apple Tutorials FCE4)

Organizing Items on the Timeline (PJFSE IV)

Week 8:

Lesson 16: Adding Transistions and Using Trimming Tools (Apple Tutorials FCE4), Using Simple Transitions (Kaplitz)

Adding Transitions and Audio Fades (PJFSE V)

Lesson 17: Clip Effects (Apple Tutorials FCE4)

Week 9:

Lesson 18: Changing Audio Levels and Adding Audio Filters (Apple Tutorials FCE4)

Lesson 19: Video Filters and Effects (Apple Tutorials FCE4), Color Correcting Video (Edit Foundry),

Lesson 20: Exporting Your Project (Apple Tutorials FCE4)

Assignment 3:  Editing Practice – capture, trim, cut, dissolve, title, add a voice over to footage

Weeks 10 & 11:

Lesson 21: Creating Animated Effects (Apple Tutorials FCE4)

Unit 2 Test Lessons 9 – 21

Lesson 22: Using Live Type (Apple Tutorials FCE4)

Week 12:

Lesson 23:  Basics Elements of News

PBS 8 Rules for Covering The News, Tell One New Thing,

Lesson 24:  Structure of a Video News Story

Totem Pole News Structure, Lower Thirds:  Adding Lower ThirdsPart 2 (PJFSE VI & VII)

Week 13:

Assignment 6:  Interviews & Footage Capturing:  Basic News Story 2-3 minutes

Week 14:

Assignment 6:  Editing Basic News Story

Editing Rules You Can/Can’t Break,

Week 15:

Lesson 22:  Photoshop For Video Pt. 1

Lesson 23:  Photoshop For Video Pt. 2

Assignment 7:  Creating A Graphic For Video

Week 16:

Lesson 24:  Basic 3-point Lighting

Unit 3 Test Lessons 22-24

Week 17:

Review FINAL EXAM Lessons 1-27

Week 18:



Students should continue to create one news story every two weeks.  Additionally, students should have a minimum of one day a week in instruction in advanced ENG techniques.  The following is a list of possible topics, the order is not necessary and can be modified.

Lesson 25:  Capturing Sound, Using Natural Sound (Nat Sound) How to Use Nat Sound (Edit Foundry),

Lesson 26:  L-Cuts and J-Cuts

Lesson 27:  Creating Audio Podcasts  PJFSE:  GarageBand for Journalism Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, (Campfire J) GarageBand for J,

Lesson 28: The Art of the Standup (Kaplitz) How to Do A Walk and Talk

Lesson 29:  Advanced Graphics for News,

Lesson 30:  The One Man Band/Solo Mobile Journalist:  Shoot Your Own Stand Up,

Lesson 31:  Write To Your Visuals (Kaplitz)

Broadcast Journalism

Resources:  RTNDA TV LessonsEdit Foundry Blog,

Broadcast News Writing

Resources:  10 Rules of Broadcast News10 Tips For Writing For Video,

News Story Ideas: RTNDA Lesson 1: Developing Ideas,

News Story Leads: Opening Your Video (Mastering Multimedia),

News Writing:  RTNDA Lesson 3: Writing For News,

Adding Words And Video:  Edit Foundry #10 Editing & Writing

Writing for the Web: RTNDA Lesson 8: Rewriting TV Scripts for the Web,

Writing Stories for Multiple Segments: RTNDA Lesson 9: Incremental Reporting Online,

Broadcast News Shooting

10 Golden Rules For Video JournalistsRTNDA Lesson 2: Shooting & Editing News,

Shooting Live:  RTNDA Lesson 5: Setting Up A Live ShotCapture The Moment – Washington Times via YouTube,

Broadcast News Editing

RTNDA Lesson 2: Shooting & Editing News,

Subtle Editing Tips: Edit Foundry #8 Sentence Please,

Using Disolves Effectively:  Edit Foundry #7 Disolves

Editing To Match:  Edit Foundry #5 Match Action

Editing With Fluid Movement:  Edit Foundry #4 Editing With Movement

Editing Under Deadline Constraints:  Edit Foundry #2 Editing With A DeadlineRTNDA Lesson 4: Speed Reporting,

Color Correction in Final Cut:  Color Correcting Video (Edit Foundry),

Broadcast New Interviews

How Get More From Your Interview Subjects – Tavis Smiley PBS via YouTube

How to Shoot “Doorway” and Sit-Down Interviews – Reuters via YouTube

Broadcast News Stories

How To Tell A Story With Numbers – Bloomberg News via YouTube

Tips For Telling Visual Stories – Pulitzer Center via YouTube


  1. I cannot thank you enough for this resource. We would love to incorporate some of your lessons into our Broadcasting classes.

    Barnstable has just been funded for our educational news TV stations and we are working on our curriculum. We offer IT Essentials, then Multimedia, and Broadcasting 1 and 2 as sequential classes. All curriculum is in the ‘works’ as they say.

    Once again, thanks for sharing.

  2. So happy to have found your website! Bless you for being willing to share your knowledge & experience! Just curious if you have compiled a list of movies to show a Broadcasting class like you have videos to show the newspaper class. I’m looking for a little morale booster and winter break time filler =)

    • There are honestly, very few, appropriate movies about TV journalism. Most have too much bad language, violence or sex – basically R rated.

  3. I am also a media professional however, i have gain more knowledge from teachj.
    Thanks teackj.

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