I. Radio & TV I

In this introductory class to mass media and journalism, students will develop media literacy through instruction and practice. Students will engage in all facets of production, and they will develop a portfolio of work that will include news-writing, broadcast production, multimedia stories, and storytelling in new and emerging media. Students will learn all aspects of production in the PNN television studio, and in the second semester, they will produce a daily news show for . This publications class lays the groundwork for further study in this field (and for Radio & Television II, 0371).

II. Radio & TV II

After taking Radio & Television I 0369, these publications students will continue their work in the PNN Studio and at . This class runs the newsroom and studio for 180 days, and they are responsible for providing Penn High School complete coverage of school news. These students shoot 90 shows per year, and compete in state and national competitions. As a requirement of the class, students are expected to work outside of school hours to cover events that include extra-curricular functions at Penn High School and in Saint Joseph County. Students can enroll in local production internships, and if eligible, may take the class for dual credit. More information can be found at .

III. Radio & TV Internship

In this class, students may develop media literacy through instruction and practice, and they engage in all facets of production in the PNN television studio. Students may also participate in a professional internship with local Media companies. Members of the class produce a variety of projects in the studio, and they take them from concept to complete. Students develop a portfolio of work that includes television productions, news segments, music videos, public service announcements, commercial spots, live broadcasts, and multimedia stories. Students gain experience in all aspects of production in the PNN television studio, and they sometimes produce news shows for . This publications class lays the groundwork for further study in this field and other publications classes such as MASS MEDIA / TECH COMM II, 0371.


With a steady camera, mounted on a tripod, shoot the following shots of the event you are covering:

  1. Wide (establishing shot)

  2. Medium shot

  3. Close Up (Tight)

  4. Close Up (Tight)

  5. Extreme Close Up (Tight)

  6. Wide Shot (Re-establishing shot.)

A good guide to interviewing

I came across this article the other day and thought I would share it with you. Interviewing really is the cornerstone of what we do in PNN, so the more we read, learn, and know about it...the better!

The other day, the intro class interviewed me about commuting to Penn High School on the bus and using my scooters. I was impressed and pleased by the types of questions students asked. I think that if we dedicated more time to preparing for, conducting, and editing interviews, we would tell more compelling stories in our channels.

Student Publications: Yearbook


Semesters: 2 Credits: 2 Grade Level: 10-12 Weight: 4.0 DOE# 1086 Counts as Fine Arts credits for Academic Honors diploma

Course Description: this course emphasizes creative and informative writing as well as magazine design techniques. The yearbook class is responsible for the entire production of the school yearbook- a full 300 pages. The course heavily focuses on writing, online page design, business communication, and photography. Students must be able to self-discipline and attend events such as plays, concerts, dances, athletic events, and academic events. Each student will have their own individual responsibilities; evaluation will be based upon completion of these responsibilities. In order to meet deadlines, some work for select students will continue past the end of the school year by a handful of weeks. Students signing up for this course must also be aware that leaving this course will require a lengthy and strenuous process, so full-year commitment is essential. Students will also need to sell advertising space as a part of the curriculum. This course can be taken multiple times.