Multimedia Journalism

This new CTE program will embrace the traditional tenets of journalism: objectivity, accuracy, credible sourcing, and strong writing. Students will work alongside industry veterans and will learn to tell their stories through a combination of text, images, sound, video, and graphics.

This new CTE program will embrace the traditional tenets of journalism: objectivity, accuracy, credible sourcing, and strong writing. Students will work alongside industry veterans and will learn to tell their stories through a combination of text, images, sound, video, and graphics.

This new CTE program will embrace the traditional tenets of journalism: objectivity, accuracy, credible sourcing, and strong writing. Students will work alongside industry veterans and will learn to tell their stories through a combination of text, images, sound, video, and graphics.

To best prepare the next generation of news practitioners and consumers, students need to be introduced to newly designed and crafted multimedia journalism education courses and programs. Long Island High School for the Arts students are receiving state of the industry instruction and experience through such coursework, practical experience and internships.

Norman Prusslin, Stony Brook University

Program Requirements

All students accepted in the Multimedia Journalism program are required to take 3.0 core credits over the course of 2 years. Students in all three program strands will complete an additional .5 credits in Career and Financial Management coursework, a requirement of a CTE program. Beyond the required core, students take 4.5 additional electives with different semester offerings each year.

The Television Studio

Stories come in many different forms, styles, and lengths, and can be viewed on the Internet and mobile devices.  Students will be given practical experience as on-air reporters and in the process be exposed to news writing, audio recording and video editing, best practices in lighting and sound, on-air interviewing, and production for digital and television media. Students will gain a working knowledge of: pre-production preparation including creating a shot list, writing a treatment/proposal, and a storyboard;  basic concepts of video shooting and operations of professional camera;  approaches, techniques, and styles of video editing and the operation of video editing software. Over the course of the semester students will work toward producing a pre-recorded newscast. Each week students will rotate to a different newsroom role, i.e., director, producer, switcher, audio, anchor, reporter, camera, and so on. Special focus will be given to writing, story selection and development, building a lineup, pacing, flow, and anchoring techniques. Deadline pressures are emphasized because live broadcasts must hit their scheduled marks on time.

.5
Fall Semester

Lighting Design and Electrics

This class demonstrates lighting techniques for 16mm film and digital video productions. Using a variety of lab projects and location settings, students will use lights, filters, in camera special effects and mood setting techniques to enhance shot composition and camera movement. Topics also include operating film cameras, light meters and selecting film stock. In addition, students will learn how to hang lights, plug them into electrical systems, and gain insight into designing the different looks necessary for a production.

.5
Spring semester
Podcast studio

Storydriven Podcast & Radio

This class will cover the basic concepts of audio storytelling, including pitching, story structure, reporting and producing, finding tape, and editing. Students will produce individually reported audio stories and work together on a final group production suitable for the serialized form. By the end of the course, students will have the skills necessary to identify, pitch, and report professional audio stories as well as understand how to develop and pilot new podcasts. Students will train on state-of-the-industry recording equipment and editing software. 

.5
Spring semester

Digital Photography and Multimedia Storytelling

This course aims to teach students the importance of still visual images in communicating ideas and hands-on skills in producing news-oriented photography, as well as the criteria necessary to recognize, evaluate and capture photos with social or news value in a variety of common journalistic situations. In addition, it trains students to use digital production tools that are becoming a major part of required knowledge for photojournalists. It also teaches students the ethics of photojournalism.

.5
Spring semester

Video Production & Directing

This course will teach students how to shape original ideas that will grab editors’ attention; how to report in the face of difficult circumstances; how to hack their way to an effective structure during the outlining process; and how to cope with the inevitable frustrations of writing on tight deadlines.  Students apply fundamentals of all multi-camera production crew positions, organize and direct crew personnel, and adapt multi-camera production skills for video productions.

.25
Fall Semester

Design Media for Television & Film

This course will help students develop technical video editing and producing skills. Students will receive training in many of the Adobe Creative Suite’s applications, including Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects. Students will develop a sense of when to use each, and how to use them in tandem. Students will learn and apply the related skills in media content production and distribution on various multimedia platforms. Over the course of the semester, students will produce several different video projects — a social news video, an explainer video, and a character-driven mini-documentary.

.25
Spring semester

Investigative Reporting

The class explores how to take advantage of the two main sources of information—documents and people—and discusses when and how to use online resources to both enhance a story or provide the foundation for a major project. Students learn how to locate and mine publicly available information, sift through government, corporate and non-profit enterprise documents, submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, use data reporting tools and much more. The course culminates in a researched investigative story.

.25
Fall Semester

Content Creation for Social Media

Social media has helped give people a voice and allowed them to connect with their friends and other like-minded people, and it has also opened up numerous new communication channels available for brands to connect with current and potential audiences. The emphasis of this course will be on understanding audiences’ social interactions, examining the various social media channels available, how to build social media strategies, and practicing how to track their effectiveness.

.25
Spring semester

Media Startups & Innovation

Students will examine the business of journalism and walk through the steps of creating a business plan. For one of their projects, students will also boil ideas down into a compelling 11-slide pitch deck and prepare to answer tough questions from a panel of entrepreneurs and investors at the end of the semester. While students may not actually launch their business, knowing how modern media companies survive and thrive in a turbulent landscape will make them a richer candidate for future opportunities. 

.25
Fall & Spring

The Working Professional

Students will craft a professional online presence, consisting of a website containing a portfolio of work as well as an engaging social persona. Students will refine cover letters and resumes. Students will put together a “reel” to showcase on-camera reporting and editing skills. Students will be exposed to industry professionals to learn what they’re looking for and what to avoid. 

.25
Fall & Spring
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