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Please click on the link below to fill out your Work Habits Rubric for the Individual PSA project.


This survey must be completed by the end of the hour on Friday, September 30, 2011.


{September 26, 2011}   Production PSA Assignment Part 2

Now that you have successfully gone through the process of creating a public service announcement with a group, you will now do this process on your own.

You will be creating individual public service announcements to be entered in the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival Contest.  Please see the link below for detailed information about the contest.

You will need to do:

Individual Public Service Announcement Plan Sheet

1. Pick a trait to focus on either:


healthy lifestyle choices


2. Pick an audience:



3. Create your 30 second public service announcement.

4. Click on the above link and complete the “to do list.”

The five best PSAs (in class judging) will be selected to be entered into the competition and have their contest entry fee paid.

This project is due: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by the end of the hour.

{September 26, 2011}   Production- PSA Work Habits Rubric

Please click the link below to fill out your work habits rubric for this project.

This survey must be taken by: Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 by the end of class.

{September 20, 2011}   Production Assignment 6

Public Service Announcements:

This assignment has two parts. 

Part 1  is due Thursday, September 22, 2011 by the end of the class period.

Part 2 is due Wednesday, September 29, 2011 by the end of the class period.

Part 1 Instructions:

In groups of 5 (randomly selected) students will produce three public service announcements based on:

  • Character
  • Diversity
  • Healthy Lifestyles 

The Public Service announcements have to have the following characteristics:

  1. Be no longer than 1 minute each
  2. Not contain language that is inappropriate for school
  3. Must be catered to a specific audience: either k-6 or 7-12
  4. Contain video footage that is stable and good quality.
  5. Must have sound that is easily heard and distinguishable.
  6. Must contain effects including: titles, transitions, etc.
  7. Must include props where appropriate.
  8. Every group member must be filmed (visible) in at least one PSA.

Day 1 Agenda (Tuesday):

  • Watch winning PSAs from Last year
  • Introduce assignment
  • Randomly select groups
  • Get Familiar with Moviemaker Software
  • Start Planning Ideas

Public Service Announcement Plan Sheet

Day 2 Agenda (Wednesday):

  • Start/Continue Planning ideas
  • Select filming locations (locations outside of building will need to be filmed on students own time.)
  • Make a list of props
  • Dry run of skits
  • Start filming PSAs (you will not be allowed to film until the teacher has approved/ viewed your group’s skits)

Day 3 Agenda (Thursday):

  • Continue or Begin Filming PSAs
  • Load footage onto computers
  • Edit footage using Moviemaker
  • Load footage onto student drives and teacher drives by the end of the hour.

{September 15, 2011}   Production Assignment 5
  1. Please define the following terms:

•    ethics
•    libel
•    slander
•    public figure
•    private citizen

2. Choose six (6) of the following activities to respond to in your blog.

•    A reporter has discovered that elected school board members have increased their salaries by over 25 percent by taking money away from other school district services. Should the media report on this? Why?
•    The editor writes an editorial urging students to show their support for a moment of silence by remaining quietly in their seats for five minutes after homeroom has ended next Monday. The principal says that this portion of the editorial must be removed before the editorial may be published. Have students write a paragraph stating whether or not they agree with the principal and why.
•    A candidate for public office, a reporter discovers, was put on trial for alleged aggravated robbery almost 15 years ago. He was acquitted. Is this of relevance to the media during the current election? What obligation dos the media have to report such things?
•    Find five examples in local papers of when stories were written because the people affected needed to know what was going on.
•    Does the media have an obligation to report on things that people want to know about or just things people need to know about? Find an example of each.
•    What is your school newspaper’s policy on using anonymous sources in a story? If you don’t have one, write one using policies obtained from professional papers as a guide.
•    When you’re acting as an editor, a student reporter comes to you and says she has a fellow student who was offered some illegal drugs from another student. This student wants to write a story about it. What difficulties would she face.
•    Research the Hazelwood case and determine whether you would have published the stories discussed in the case or not. Why?
•    What are the defenses against libel? (truth, fair comment, admission of error). Have students write up a scenario for each one in which the reporter would be guilty of libel.
•    To successfully sue for libel, a person must prove defamation of character, that the person was clearly identified, that the information was published, that the information was false and that the person charged is to blame. You read a story in the newspaper that a friend of yours committed a crime according to a witness. You know it’s not true. How would you go about building a libel case?

{September 15, 2011}   Production Assignment 4



Terms for parts, headlines, cutlines handouts

Please click on the link above to navigate to your assignment reading for today.

After reading today’s assignment, take a look at the 1o pictures I have posted in the gallery of this post.

Using the guidelines in the reading, write captions for the pictures according to the rules in the reading.

After you have created your ten captions, post 5 pictures of your own to your blog post for assignment 4.

Comment on 3 people’s posts in the class by creating interesting captions for their pictures.

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{September 13, 2011}   Production Assignment 3

Click on the Link Below for your reading:

Reading Assignments:

Everyone reads: The introduction of the article that begins with “When asked to describe a photojournalist…” and ends with “…each present a photographer with a different set of challenges.”

Particular Groups Reads the  following Sections:

Trent, Kelsey, Tom, Tristan, Jessie- read section on Sports

Alex, Rachael H. Desarae, Kaitlyn, Adam- read section on Illustration Assignments

Jared, Tylor, Garrett, Briikelle and Amanda- read the section on Feature Assignments

Tiffany, Becca Rachel Davis and Devin- read the section on Picture Story Assignments

Nick, Jordan, Laura, Maggie and Chelsea- read the section on New Technological Advances

Matt, James, Monica, Derrick and Drew- read the section on News Assignments 

Each person answers the following questions on your blog:

  1. What is photojournalism?
  2. What are the six basic types of assignments a photographer faces?
  3. Give a short summary ( 1 paragraph) of your section.
  4. What is the particular challenge for photography in your section?
  5. What are the techniques the article gives you for photography in your section?
  6. How can you apply these tips to your next article assignment?

{September 13, 2011}   Production Class Blog Names
Name Blog Domain (
Mrs. Sanford
Brookelle Allen
Chelsea Arnold
Alex Barnum
Thomas Beland
Amanda Belt
Adam Bilyea
Jared Byars
Trent Courter
Rachel Davis
Monica Fanzini
Garrett Gottschalk
Tylor Hanshaw
Rachael Hollon
Tiffany Howard
Desarae Kemmis
Nick Loveall
Ricky Martinez
Andrew Mitchell
Lauralee Musolf
Tristan Myers
Kelsey Parsons
Jesse Patterson
Jordan Pearce
Matthew Rautenberg
Derrick Risner
Kaitlyn Risner
Becca Smith
James Van Norman
Devin Vielhaber 
Maggie Walker

{September 13, 2011}   Production Assignment 2


  • Find 3 articles that are similar to the one you are writing for this edition. 
  • Post the links in a blog.
  • Answer the following questions about the articles.


  1. What is the article about?
  2. What kinds of images are associated with the articles?
  3. What do the authors do to make the article successful?
  4. What is something the author did in their story that you want to try in your writing?

Helpful Links:

Due Date: Friday, September 16, 2011

Please check out the following links:

General Guidelines for articles

Come up with a list of at least 15 article topics for your group for the first edition. You will need to print one copy of the list with all the group member’s names by the end of the class.

et cetera