Broadcast Journalism

NJDOE CIP CODE #09.0701: Radio and TV


To provide school-to-college or school-to-career preparation for students interested in Broadcast Journalism, and Radio & TV production through a core curriculum emphasizing both technical production skills and journalism and public speaking. Embedded within the program is the opportunity to earn concurrent college credits and on-the-job experience in the field.


  1. Assist in achieving the work force needs of the tri-state area

  2. Assist in creating a work force in this field that has ethnic and gender diversity.

  3. Promote the central tenets of this CTE program as crucial for all fields, organizations, and industries (e.g. teamwork, public speaking, research, technical abilities).

  4. Promote a broadly trained worker who will meet the needs for future projects in the Radio and TV field.

  5. Provide students with a competitive advantage when seeking employment with the skills learned within the program so that students are employable and can earn a competitive salary.

  6. Enhance quality high school to college articulation; as well as high school to workforce articulation.

  7. Provide a service to our community through the process of developing videos, television, and online content.


1) Journalism

Journalism is a one-semester course, which offers students entry-level exposure to the CTE program and equips students with skills to write, research, create article leads, headlines, and captions , and to play an important role in both print and TV/Radio journalism. Students will learn journalistic writing skills and how to write for TV/Radio reports. This includes developing a succinct and logical prose style. Student reporters will also learn the basics of conducting effective interviews, crafting probing questions, and identifying real sources for hard news articles.

2) Public Speaking

This is a one-semester class which follows Journalism and is meant to build upon the skills learned in Journalism. In Journalism, students learn how to write news, how to interview, and how to research. In Public Speaking, students will be learning how to communicate that message orally -- namely for TV and Radio. This is the second course in a four-year CTE sequence and the pre-requisite to TV Production 1. The course will cover message organization, speech presentation, and vocal and physical delivery of various types of formal and informal speaking situations.

3) TV/Video Production 1

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of television and video production. Students will learn about the different creative and technical crew positions and activities necessary for successful Film, TV, and Video Production. They will produce interviews, Public Service Announcements, commercials, and short films utilizing studio cameras, lights, switchers, teleprompter, camcorders, microphones, and tripods. Editing will be conducted on Macintosh computers utilizing iMovie and FinalCut Pro X software. Through review of previously produced TV/Video programs, textbooks, magazines, and online articles, hands-on experience, and powerful storytelling, the teacher guides the students in producing their own unique Film projects.

4) TV/Video Production 2

This course is designed to further prepare students for future careers in film and video production. It involves real-life, hands on experiences producing and creating film and video content. Students will gain first-hand experiences serving in various creative and technical crew positions as part of the Arrow TV team. Arrow TV is a school based enterprise that produces daily news and interview content, as well as feature presentations for the school district. This includes streaming live events, producing promotional content, distributing school news, etc. Students will use studio cameras, lights, switcher, teleprompter, camcorders, microphones, and tripods and will work in a setting and environment that mimics an actual video production company. Editing will be conducted on Macintosh computers utilizing iMovie and FinalCut Pro X software. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing and internships with local studios.



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Sussex County Community College

TV/Video Production 1 @ Hopatcong High School = COMM 130 Television Production 1 @ SCCC



Job Shadowing

Students will be given the opportunity to job shadow with Segale Productions which is a Production Company owned and operated by Hopatcong High School's CTE teacher, George Segale. Students will spend a 5-hour day shadowing Mr. Segale as he creates digital print media, videos, short films, works with clients, handles the business operations of the company, etc.

School-Based Enterprise

The SLE tied to this CTE program will be the running of "Arrow TV" which is Hopatcong H.S.'s TV station. Students will interview for and be awarded roles within the organization (e.g. show anchor/host, producer, production designer, director, etc), associated with running "Arrow TV." Students will log at least 25 hours outside of class over the course of the year working on "Arrow TV". Students will keep a record of these hours, which will subsequently be approved and signed by the teacher. Students will additionally write a written reflection at the end of each semester chronicling their experience working at "Arrow TV".


Audio-Visual Communications NOCTI test - taken at the end of the fourth course.