Teaching the Video Production Class
Beyond the Morning Newscast
by David Howard and Amy Hunter
January 2014, 217pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-374-5
$54, £42, 47€, A74
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-375-2
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This book will show you how to teach a television production class that challenges and engages your students and teaches them skills that make them college- and career-ready.

This guidebook is a must-have resource for anyone teaching a television production class or running a morning news show at the elementary, middle, or high school level.

Teaching a television production class is a real challenge, especially when working with the typical budget and time limitations of most elementary, middle, or high school curricula. Beyond the technical aspects of teaching this subject, what is the best way to keep students engaged and challenged while teaching them skills that will help make them college and career ready? Spanning lesson plans, video production activities, assessment, and more, this book supplies a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to teaching a television production class, using whatever equipment is readily available. It focuses on the critical aspects of how to teach television production and organize lessons, rather than the quickly evolving details of what equipment or editing software to use. The authors also provide lessons on creating and executing a daily newscast show, how to evaluate that show and collect school-wide data for further evaluation and improvement, and how to archive and mount these productions on the school website.


  • Provides resource ideas for royalty-free music, virtual sets, cost-effective equipment purchases, and more
  • Includes step-by-step video project guides, lessons, reproducible activities, and assessments that can be adapted for use with students of all levels, from beginner to advanced
  • Supplies guidance on setting up a recording studio, from basic equipment needs for those just getting started, to recommended purchases for experienced videographers seeking to take their studio to the next level
  • Covers important information about copyright restrictions within the television production classroom
David Howard is a television production teacher at Umatilla Middle School in Umatilla, FL. He has been teaching television production for five years. He also teaches business education and serves as the technology specialist at his school.

Amy Hunter is the media specialist and television production teacher at Umatilla Middle School in Umatilla, FL. She has been in education for 16 years. Hunter was named Teacher of the Year in both 2000 and 2010.
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