Writing and Producing News

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised September 2010

Subject: Writing & Producing News                  

Grade: 10, 11 & 12

Unit: Producing the Daily News Program  

Pacing: 2010 -2011

Essential Question(s):

  1. What should a daily high school news program include?
  2. How does a daily news program convey information to the school?

Big Idea(s)

  • The production of a daily news program incorporates a variety of production and journalism skills. 
  • Daily news allows you to stay current with clubs, important dates and deadlines, activities and meetings.

***All standards are achievable and equal in importance because this is a full-year course. 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

A.      Video Production Skills: Understand video production as a communication tool and the equipment and skills required to properly communicate a message.

1. Describe the production process and industry standard terminology.

2. Design a message that is appropriate for specific audience.

3. Develop scripts and storyboards during the pre-production process.

4. Describe how to properly use production equipment including:

            a. Video Camcorders

            b. Tripods

            c. Microphones

            d. Audio Mixers

            e. Lighting

            f. Video Editing Hardware

B. Technology and the Economy:  Understand the link between technology and the economy.

12. Design a simulated enterprise and participate in a variety of roles within that enterprise.

13. Define and use quality control.

D. Career Awareness and Teambuilding: Become aware of the world of work and its function in social diversity, expectations, trends and requirements; identify and develop leadership attributes and apply them in team situations.

19. Explain the need to be a lifelong learner.

23. Apply organizational and time management skills to classroom and laboratory activities.

24. Present information in a clear, concise and appropriate manner.

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



Appropriate format for targeted audience.


What is newsworthy? Controversial/unusual/informative/educational/human interest


Proper camera, audio, microphone, lighting, tripod, video editing software and hardware operation.



Which news stories are more interesting/professional.


Create rhythm arranging new story order.

Logical/pleasing/professional news story flow.








RECOGNIZE project audience.



CATEGORIZE news story viability.




DISPLAY equipment usage ability.



 ASCERTAIN submission order/quality/ interest/length.



ASSESS segment sequence.



PRODUCE final version.






















 Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies

Vocabulary/Word Wall Intro 


Interdisciplinary Connections


Cue Talent

Roll Tape


Mic Check


Crew Call