Writing for Media — Thoughts for Next Year

by Keegan Speed

Instead of talking about the behind the scenes of the Weekly Roar, I want to put the spotlight on the future of Writing for Media. This is solely my thoughts and opinion on how the class should be structured.

Before I explain in more detail, the class should take up two full class periods. This will allow students to have enough time for creating content, and learning about media.

The main goal of the class should be to create informing content for the community, in an entertaining way. To do so, there should be designated days of the week to hit subgoals.

Mondays should be designated to being taught about media. This will spark ideas, creativity, and techniques for the week.

Tuesday through Thursday will be the work days. This includes filming, gathering information, perfecting scripts and segments. Having more time to do all this, will make it less stressful and more enjoyable in creating the content.

Friday would be a great day for team meetings. During this time, it would be great to write out all ideas on the whiteboard. Decide what stories are going to be covered and who’s going to be apart of each segment, for the next coming week. This doesn’t have the take up the whole class time; however, the time spent brainstorming should be greater than the other use of time. To make the next week more efficient, the rest of the class should be spent writing out a rough script.

Now, here are my thoughts on team roles. Everybody can have the interest and want to do a specific job, but everybody may not have the skill, strength, and know-how. Team roles should stay relatively the same throughout the whole course.

Editing: One or two people should be enough for this. They’ll be in charge of uploading video footage onto a hard drive, editing videos, and posting the content onto social media. They will edit during class time, so they don’t have to do so much outside of school, as it can be time consuming.

Filming: There really only needs to be one or two videographers for this as well. They will be in charge of handling the camera, making sure audio and other functions are going well during recording time, and making sure that video footage gets to the editors.

Reporters/Anchors: However many there really needs to be. Shouldn’t need more than five. They’ll be in charge of writing their scripts, gathering information, and being presentable.

Teacher: Make sure that everything stays appropriate, while being lenient and open-minded to new ideas. Obviously they will be provide the education of media and what they expect out of each student. For the students to be creative and innovative, let them be free as much as possible, to an extent.

For everybody saying that the quality isn’t going to be as good without my camera rig and experience, GEAR DOES NOT MATTER. Casey Neistat explains it the best. The story is king. Everything serves the king. With creativity and telling a story well, the gear doesn’t have to be super high quality. In all honesty, filming with a phone or iPod can do the job. Editing in iMovie(a free Apple software for their products). It literally can be all filmed and editing on an iPad, if that’s what it comes down to.

I suggest that the school funds this class, as they will be creating content for school. I’m sure that there’s a computer that is hardly even used in the school, that can be designated for editing with. $1,000 is plenty of money to be have quality video, audio, stabilization, and lighting. I guarantee, if funded, more and more students will: 1. Be excited and engaged in content creation. 2. Produce quality content for the school. 3. Give students experience and know-how in the content creation field.

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