"We cannot make good news out of bad practice."
- Edward R Murrow, CBS News
2019 - 2020
Are you passionate about making videos? Are you the member of your friend group that always has their phone or camera in their hand? Have a story to tell? Are you looking to be the next YouTube or social media star? Have you started experimenting with editing via iMovie or Final Cut Pro? In this course, students will learn to tell their stories through video. Students learn how to use professional camera equipment to set up and record interviews, stand ups, B-roll, and more. Students will then learn how to edit their footage using Adobe Premiere. Their final projects will be shown online and broadcast on WCA-TV. We will also examine pre-production, production, and post-production techniques through a mixture of screenings, discussion, and hands-on exercises. Semester 3 credits
Ever dream about being a sportscaster? How about a news anchor man/woman? Here is your chance to turn your dream into a reality. The course will examine the range of ways in which TV news is made and produced. Classes will be held in our state-of-the-art TV studio. Students will have hands-on experience using the equipment, writing news programs, editing, and producing a TV news show for the whole school and town to see! Semester 3 credits
Students with a desire to pursue the Digital Media & Communications field will be responsible for developing and broadcasting a studio television series for airing on WCA-TV. Students in this course will work collaboratively on producing either a round- table talk style show, a game/quiz show, or more, producing multiple shows per semester, presenting entertainment for the world from the perspective of WHS students. The show will allow students to take on the challenges experienced by a real world television station at the local and/or network level. Students will control all aspects of the show series from concept, to creation, from selecting topics for debates, to writing puzzles, and booking guests/contestants. Students can take on the roles of on-air talent, producer, director, or technical and administrative duties. The instructor, acting as Executive Director/Station Manager, will hear student pitches along with student producers, and help guide teams in the production development, planning, and broadcasts. Once shows are complete, the instructor will help to break-down and evaluate each production, sharing feedback with the class to improve future broadcasts. Semester 3 credits
Do you enjoy talking about sports? News? Music? Entertainment? In the era before television, radio served as the major source for information and entertainment. Now, in the modern world of Digital Media & Communications, radio continues to serve as a popular source to engage listeners as they travel from place to place, or while they work on a daily basis. Students will learn about the importance of writing and language choice to paint the “word picture” in their storytelling, and advance stories and opinions, without the benefit of pictures. They will also be introduced to the basics of radio broadcast equipment, editing with Adobe Audition, and show preparation. Student teams will be responsible for conceptualizing, developing, and creating a radio program to be broadcast on WCA-Radio and posted to the web as a podcast series. Semester 3 credits
Students looking to expand their experience in Radio and/or Television can propose a student driven and independently directed pursuit within the digital media program. Students will gain valuable "on the job" work experience managing a multifaceted long term broadcast project, taking responsibility for creating programming that is of the highest quality, substantial in nature, and compelling to viewers of WCA-TV. You will receive helpful feedback from your instructor that will help you grow as a journalist. Students also have the opportunity to focus on exploring the management and development of the WHS on WCA-TV brand. Students also have the option to choose a technical focus and may elect to pursue a certification in Adobe Premiere. Students completing this curriculum will be well-equipped with a portfolio of skills and finished projects to pursue digital media and communications at a two-year or four-year college or university. Prereq(s): Student Proposal and advanced Instructor Approval Required (JR & SR ONLY). Half Year or Full Year, maximum 2-semesters for 3 credits each.
Mr. Robbins, Digital Media & Communications, Watertown High School, 50 Columbia Street, Watertown, MA 02472