Lesson 5: Producing news for different platforms

This lesson aims to consolidate learning from the previous lessons on news finding/gathering and writing whilst encouraging students to think about the different types of news platforms and how to make their stories suitable for that platform.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the main features of writing reports for TV, radio and online platforms.

  • Plan and produce storyboards and reports for different news platforms.

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Activity 1: Identifying features of producing reports

Brief outline

To identify features of producing reports for TV, radio and online platforms.

If students have not had the chance to see examples of different news platforms, this is an ideal opportunity for them to analyse the differences.

Students could be asked to find examples of different types of news as research homework prior to this lesson.

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • This activity allows students to engage with different types of audiences, a key skill needed at GCSE.

Suitable for: KS3/4 or 11 to 16-year-olds

Duration: 15 minutes

Activity 1: Identifying features of news reports
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Activity 2: Producing news for different platforms

Brief outline

Students must storyboard their news ideas and decide how they will add colour to their stories.

Teachers could bring in newspapers, look online, used the mobile phone story idea or chose their own.

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • If students have not had the chance to see examples of different news platforms, this is an ideal opportunity for them to analyse the differences. Pupils could be asked to find examples of different types of news as a research homework prior to this lesson

  • Students are encouraged to analyse and evaluate their peers' work, thereby gaining critical feedback from peers rather than from one source, that being the teacher.

Suitable for: KS3/4 or 11 to 16-year-olds

Duration: 30 minutes (storyboard and discussion)

Activity 2: Producing news for different platforms
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Activity 3: News story structure and storyboard activity

Brief outline

Students have the chance to complete a practical task that will enable them to think creatively about their story including the narrative, editing, soundtrack and camera work. This can be attempted in groups or individually.

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • At KS4, students should be able to identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. These are GCSE skills.

Suitable for: KS3/4 or 11 to 16-year-olds

Duration: 20 minutes

Activity 3: News story structure and storyboard activity
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More from this series:

Lesson 1: What is news?
video
Lesson 2: Finding news
video
Lesson 3: Gathering news
video
Lesson 4: Writing news
video
Lesson 6 - Organising and producing news for broadcast
video