SO PBS / PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs PD

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SOESD PD Rationale Overview

Southern Oregon PBS Education’s mission is to strengthen Southern Oregon’s workforce by developing industry standard media arts (video) and digital storytelling skills (journalism) among K-12 teachers, who will in turn pass these skills on to their students. Simply put, we achieve this through our PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) sites at various participating middle schools and high schools in the Rogue Valley. Our Education Coordinator, Ben Garcia, has been trained by PBS Newshour to conduct video production and video journalism teacher professional development, which he conducts for local video teachers who are currently teaching an SRL pre-pilot, pilot, or an official SRL class. The SRL PD training detailed below in the "Scope and Sequence"  is a component to not only meeting our SO PBS Education mission, but also an immense support as a teacher experiments via an SRL pre-pilot site and prepares a media arts teacher to apply to PBS Newshour to have an authentic Student Reporting Lab site/class ( Right away, PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs video teachers will prepare local video students for a modern broadcast media landscape, whose video products are published mostly online, thus immediately students learn to not only be rookie 21st century video field producers but also emerging citizen journalists. In the long term, this PD prepares teachers to be video journalism educators and in turn be mentors to aspiring student videographers and/or student video journalists. Having video teachers trained by local industry professionals in association with SO PBS, and PBS Newshour, ultimately assists our local students via not only learning professional level video production skills, and also professional Journalism skills, but also will help them stratify into local media arts related careers or media arts college pathways of study via the skills they will gain from our collaborative PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs project. 

Objectives (outcomes/targets)

  • By the end of this PD a local media arts teacher will have the hard/soft journalism and video production (field production) skills needed to convert their current video production class into a pilot PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab, or transition to an official SRL class and be prepared to apply to have an non-pilot SRL site at their school:

  • By the end of this PD a local media arts teacher will have been trained how to modify and teach the PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs curriculum in a distance learning environment and also a face to face learning environment.

Important Note: Please contact the instructor for this course (contact info below) BEFORE enrolling for this course so you can receive the official PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs presentation to decide whether this long-term commitment is right for you and your school.


Long term Requirements (In the pre-pilot and pilot year the below equipment is not required)

  • Equipment (Kit: Canon 80D camera, Magnus VT 3000 Tripod, Lav mic, field production lights, etc.)
    **one kit per 3 students
    **for teacher training purposes SO PBS PD trainer, Ben Garcia, can bring his field production kit to school

  • A teacher that is at least familiar with cameras, video production & journalism 

  • A dedicated video class with the same group of students all year (meets 3+ times a wk)

  • A classroom with furniture that can be moved to make room for field production kits

  • Students must like cameras, video production & journalism (have previous interest or experience)

  • 9-19 students


S.O. PBS Education Department Professional Development Scope and Sequence

(Semester/Trimester I., II., & II. 2020/2021 Beginner/Intermediate videography PD)

  1. Videography

    Unit One: Camera, Exposure and Composition
    1. Composition: shot types, camera angle, balanced and unbalanced compositions, rule of thirds, eye-line, screen direction, lead room/nose room   

    2. Lenses: manual aperture adjustment, f-stop, focal length and field of view, types of lenses, auto and manual focus, critical and acceptable focus, lens distortion, shallow and deep focus, depth of field.

    3. Exposure: luminance and color, assessing exposure, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, histogram, white balance

    4. Camera stabilization: Types of camera motion, the mobile frame--when and why to move the camera, parts of the tripod, safe and effective tripod operation, other types of stabilization 

    5. Anatomy of the camera: Holding a camera, care and safety of equipment, form of the DSLR, information display on LCD panels, basic settings: camera modes, auto versus manual, setting movie recording size/resolution, formatting media

  2. Editing

    Unit One: Adobe premiere basics
    1. Exporting

    2. Introduction to continuity techniques: shot/reverse shot, glance cuts, match on action, graphic match, audio bridge, 

    3. Using effects, motion and duration effects, simple animation, titles

    4. Audio editing, linking/delinking, audio transitions, stereo and mono audio, organizing audio in sequences

    5. Basic editing, timelines and sequences, video transitions

    6. File management, premiere workspaces and interface, video formats, bins and organization, ingesting, importing

  3. Audio and Lighting

    Unit One: Audio Recording
      1. Sound and hearing: nature of sound, the sound wave, frequency, pitch, amplitude, loudness, phase, envelope and timbre.

      2. Digital audio: quantization, sample rate, digital audio formats, compressed and uncompressed audio formats

      3. Recorders: anatomy of the recorder, basic controls, removable media, information display on LCD panels, basic menu settings, audio meter, -12 dB target for audio, audio peaking and distortion, signal to noise ratio  

      4. Microphones: anatomy of a microphone, transducers, dynamic vs condenser mics, pickup patterns, special purpose microphones for video (lavalier, shotgun), wireless vs wired microphones, boom pole, cables, shock mounts, connectors, sources of noise

      5. Production: choosing sound environments, studio recording, field recording, narration, dialogue, sound design 

      6. Creative sound: voice, music, effects, diegetic and non-diegetic sound, sound parallels picture, sound defines picture, picture defines sound, sound counterpoint




Free for teacher seriously interested in having a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs at their middle school or high school.


Ben Garcia

Session Information

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Start: Sunday August 16th, 2020 at 08:00 AM
End: Saturday July 31st, 2021 at 08:00 AM
Prerequisites: contact_first_name,contact_last_name,reg_district,reg_school,reg_position,contact,alt_contact,home_contact,
Location: TBA

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