3. Radio/TV

12.12.16

Your final is to produce a Story-Rich/Theme-Rich One Shot video. This means you will tell as much story or explore as many ideas in a theme as you can in a single shot. The final video is due on Finals Day and will count Five Times.

Rules:

You may work in a group of four.

An ‘A’ video will follow the second rubric here:

Also, your video should have a clear beginning, middle and end.

No editing.

The most elaborate one shot will earn double points.

The best story will earn double points.

The best exploration of a theme will earn double points.

The cleverest shoot will earn double points.

EDIT

11.30.16

We have two contests this week, one that explores light and another longer piece that explores movement and music. Please note due dates and follow instruction as written.

Today, I will explain both contests and we will look at multiple examples, discuss them and answer questions. This will take most of the period.

Individual Contest #1: 5X5 Interesting Light Due Sunday 12.4.16

Instructions: Look deeper, past the fluorescent tubes in your classroom and supermarket. Switch off one or all of the lights you use every day, observe how that changes the appearance of the everyday. We know all too well what our faces look like in the bathroom mirror lights, but what do those same faces look like at sunset under a streetlight? The most interesting exploration of light wins an extra score.

Submit a 25 second film composed of five 5-second clips using only natural sound to YouTube. Share with abearson@sanjuan.edu. Here are several examples:

Group contest: Action to Music Due 12.11.16 This week and next week you will work in groups of two-four to produce your best version of an action music video: Skating, biking, parkour, dancing, or any other physical action set to music. Give pursuit or get chased, show us your commute or simply move through space. Tips:

  1. Tell a story
  2. Vary angles (high, medium, low/wide, medium, close-up, extreme closeup); Vary the direction of the movement across the screen
  3. Change locations often

Lets avoid first person shooter montages, please.

11.14.16 (Thanksgiving Break)

Interview the oldest person in your house during the break and turn in the best five minutes. Here are the instructions.

You could also do this video project.

Or this one:

You could also make a movie with your family that tells the story of Thanksgiving.

Or do this long monologue assignment

10.24.16

Second draft of How To due Friday

Horror Movies Due! Will Watch Wednesday.

10.17.16

  1. Two-Minute How To contest: Teach us something interesting (relevant, compelling, meaningful). You may work in pairs, but everyone must submit. Split script draft due today 10.17.16. Draft of video due Friday. Final drafts due next Friday.
  2. Horror Movies due Sunday 10.23.16 midnight.
  3. Also need:

Weekly Poll Question:

What scares you?

Mr. Cole: asap

Halloween Dance: 10.29.16

International Dinner: 10.21.16

Playathon at the Movies: 10.30.16

Horror Movie Contest

9.19.16

The following assignment is due Thursday 9.22.16 at midnight.

Lesson: Shooting the Sequence (Five Shots, 10 Seconds)

Lesson: Mastering Mobile Video

Lesson: Complete Production Workflow

Lesson: Interviewing

9.12.16

For this week’s contest you may work in pairs:

One to One Hundred 

The Rules:
+ Use only one second clips.
+ Use up to 100 seconds (1:40).
+ If you add music, use a song you’ve created or something from the Vimeo Music Store.

Due Thursday midnight:

Best three movies wins A+ and immunity for a single project.

The idea is simple, but the possibilities are boundless! You can use up to 100 seconds to tell a story about your home, investigate a mystery, explore a deeply philosophical concept, make us laugh, make us cry, or just to make something beautiful. Maybe each second is very similar to the one before it for a photomotion look, or maybe they are very different, and you focus onvarying your shots. Maybe your subjects are tiny, or you’ve decided to only shoot with your phone.

Tips:

  • Bring movement to your shots
  • Vary your shots: Extreme Closeups to Extreme Wide Shots
  • Don’t settle for standard music
  • Use a theme to unify your shots.
1 Second Everyday – Age 30 from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo.
1 Second Everyday – Age 30 from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo.
46 Seconds from Motionbot on Vimeo.
Seconds Of Beauty – 1st round compilation from The Beauty Of A Second on Vimeo.
Color Circle from Maxence Soldier Rapp on Vimeo.

New Rule:

You may not leave class without a complete plan approved by Mr. B.

The Week of Tuesday 9.6.16

Review our problems with our first two assignments. How can you solve your problems?

Remember to be a pro: living up to your deadlines.

Computer Lab: rules and responsibilities

This Week’s Contest:

The 5 Second Film: Changed Forever

Rules:

  1. Each director may enter as many films as you want.
  2. Everyone must submit for this first contest
  3. You must help at least one other person make their film
  4. Include a title and credits (not part of the 5 seconds)
  5. You must title your film: “Changed Forever!”
  6. Upload to YouTube. Send me a link by Thursday night (9.8.16)
  7. Best three films win immunity for one week’s assignment. The best films tell the most interesting story told about change as decided by the class and Mr. B.

8.30.16

Today I will edit one person’s audio in front of the class. Students may watch and learn or edit their own on their own devices.

Also, does anyone want to film football games for $20.00

8.29.16

Today, we will review our Faceless portraits for details. Then I will show you how to upload your audio story to SounCloud and the Blog. Then I will introduce you a few audio apps that you might use to edit your audio. Remember: the more we do it, the better we become. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

Faceless portraits were due Sunday at midnight. Please make sure you followed directions. Notice the rubric.

StoryCorps stories are due Wednesday . Please make sure that you follow directions:

Has clear, clean audio recording of subject uploaded to SoundCloud, shared on the blog and includes the Faceless Portrait as a visual element in the post.

• Includes a brief introduction by the interviewer that helps understand what the subject’s story is really about.

• Includes full name, class and date of subject.

• Makes sure that the inteviewer is edited out of story.

• Records only the single best story from the interview. The story includes a convincing, sincere reflection on why the story is important to the subject.

  1. Review Faceless Portraits.
  2. How to upload your audio story to SoundCloud and embed.
  3. How to edit your story using Ferrite and Hokusai.

Editing on your phone takes practice. If you have trouble using the controls on the small screen, consider moving to a computer to edit your audio.

Iphone Apps that record and edit audio

Ferrite Recording Studio

Hokusai Overview

Android Apps that record and edit audio

Wavepad

Audio Evolution Pro

8.24.16

Recording Procedure:

Equipment: Smartphone with or without microphone.

  1. Begin with all participants introducing themselves: “My name is (name) I am (age) years old. Today is (date) and I’m speaking with (partner’s name) who is my (relationship). And we are recording this interview in (location)”.
  2. Record the story. Ask the subject to speak slowly, clearly.
  3. The Interviewer should record a brief introduction that introduces us to the situation and the stakes. Please…no plot summary in the introduction.
  4. “This piece was produced and recorded by (your name)”.
  5. Export best possible file.

Interviewer:

8.23.16

Names?

Muut? Where are you? Let me address a few questions.

Faceless Portrait/StoryCorps and Due Dates

StoryCorps: Teens

Lauren Calcagno

Jake Harouni

Ruby Hammes

Interview Tips

Great Questions

Faceless Portraits

Emma

8.22.16

EC Names

Muut problems.

Composition Book #1: Drawing from Life vs. The Imagination with Reflection

Faceless Portrait/StoryCorps and Due Dates

8.19.16

  1. Solving problems getting on to the site.
  2. Solving problems with Remind.
  3. Solving Problems with Muut
  4. Questions about Grading Policy.
  5. Return signed agreements.
  6. Names?
  7. Lesson One: What is Your Passion?

8.18.16

Students and Parents,

  1. Please register yourself as a user of this site.
  2. Please follow these directions to receive updates from Remind.
  3. Please subscribe to our Twitter feed: rioamericanomedia@rioamericano.
  4. Please Review our Projects pages.
  5. Please read the letter below, print out and complete the bottom part, then return to me.

Welcome! Guess what? You are now a Staff Member on what we hope will become a daring and innovative teen-focused podcast. This class (using mobile technology to tell compelling stories to our community) is the first of its kind! We are pioneers here!

Be a Pro!- Which is why we must also be pros. A “pro” knows how to research, plan, produce, edit and distribute quality digital stories that matter to our community. A “pro” knows how to cultivate an audience and knows how his audience thinks. A “pro” treats all people with respect, never intentionally bringing harm or embarrassment to anyone. A “pro” gets his facts right, spells names correctly, becomes the expert on his own story. A “pro” shoots stunning visuals, captures thrilling audio, makes every second count because she knows that her viewers will click away the moment they are bored or disgusted. A “pro” is always skeptical about the information she is gathering. “Pros” put difficult questions to authority, expose injustice, investigate problems, pay attention to details. Pros celebrate, investigate, educate and entertain our community! In this class we will all be pros!

Equipment: This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) class, which means that you may use any equipment available to you. I have a mobile lab of IPad Minis, Chromeooks, a Mac Computer Lab, some lights and a few audio recorders to loan out. The focus is what can we make with what we have. Professional videographers usually do not make a lot of money and there is always a price pressure that makes videojournalism or filmmaking with state of the art equipment difficult. Professionals everywhere now seek to tell great stories with cheap equipment and that is what we will be doing. Most of us will shoot with our smartphone or point-and-shoot camera–that’s fine. Students with DSLR’s are welcome to use them, but I will not provide them. Students are responsible for keeping their own equipment secure.

How I Teach– When I say that “this is not a technology class” I mean that we will not spend class time learning the ins-and-outs of specific programs. We learn by trial and error. My role is to make your production process easier and to guide you as you solve problems. I also give feedback on the quality of your production.

Class Routine: Each week I will present an assignment. You may complete this assignment or complete your own assignment, but work must be completed. Please do not say that you do not “have any ideas”.  If you do not have ideas then you must complete the assignment.

Class time is for collaborating, planning, shooting and editing projects for the podcast. I can help troubleshoot some things, but I may not know your program at all. I teach by showing examples of what other people have done and asking what worked, what did not and why. Then we look at your story and ask the same questions. Our goal is to become better storytellers in whatever format we choose. Even though I may make strong suggestions I want to emphasize that these are your stories and you are in charge of them. Stay professional (see description of professional above) and you can do whatever you want. Stop being a pro and you lose all freedom to create. This class is an elective, but it is not a free ride! Good work is hard to make. Sometimes you have to do things over. Paying attention to details takes time. I expect you to put in whatever time it takes to make quality stories. I suspect that this will probably be more time than you think.

A Note About Taking Students Out of Class: Students may be taken out of class only with permission of their teachers. Please ask the teacher ahead of time. Do not arrive on the day of the request with an urgent need to talk to the student. It is your responsibility to find and contact the students that you need to interview. 

A Note About Wandering Around Campus: Wander without purpose and you will fail the class. You must be completing an assignment to be out of class. You will be warned the first time you are wandering. The second time you will be restricted to the classroom for two weeks. The third time you will be restricted to the classroom for the rest of the term, receive an F in the class and switched to another elective at the first opportunity. 

Grades – How do you earn an A in this class? The answer is simple – impress me. Find an interesting topic, add clear, composed visuals, discover interesting locations, watch the light, have good characters tell good stories, get crisp audio, pronounce/spell everyone’s name right, make deadlines, and then do it again and again. Your recordings should show the emotion, the pain, the excitement, the drudgery of life in a suburban American high school, and do it again and again. Make me laugh, make me cry, make me angry. Help me empathize with others. Show me something new or something old in a new way. And do it again and again.

 Bottom Line on Grades: Work hard, and you will do well. Fail (which I define as taking thoughtful, appropriate risks that didn’t work out all that well) and you will still receive a good grade. Stop being a pro and things will get ugly fast.(See below.) We are producing a podcast in this class, and we treat this publications lab as a professional news magazine. If you don’t want to be part of that process, then you are in the wrong place.

An “A” grade means…

I am constantly (90% of the time) making stuff. I promptly return equipment and cleanup before leaving. I give good feedback and listen carefully to feedback on my own work, revising to improve.  My work shows growth and evolves and improves during the term. I am always challenging myself to tell better stories and improve technically. I never waste time and I look for opportunities to help others. I plan ahead and respect all of the rules of the school.

A “B” is 85% of the time….

A “C” is 75% of the time….

A “D” is 65% of the time….

An “F” is less than 60% of the time….

. 

You will be evaluated both by me and by other students. You will also be asked each podcast to do a detailed self-evaluation of your contributions. There is also a PARTICIPATION grade, which is subjective and includes things like your intelligent discussion during pitch meetings, your ability to stay productive during class and your attitude toward others. (Hint: Don’t spend much time goofing around on-line, or watching silly videos, or otherwise wasting time.)

Radio-TV Rubric for All Things  

What if I’m Sick? It is your responsibility to figure out what’s going on if you are absent – your stories are still due, regardless of any difficulties you might be experiencing in your life outside the I-6. Call an editor, call or email me, but find out what’s happening – and don’t miss deadlines!

 

Help Market Our Brand: We need help getting viewers. Get 10 people to subscribe to our podcast or Schoology page. This assignment is an all-or-nothing grade that’s worth more than 10 percent of the course. If you don’t complete it satisfactorily, you cannot get an A in the course! Get 10 people to subscribe to our podcast and you’re good (More is better!)

 

The surest way to suffer a drop in your grade is to sit around doing nothing instead of hustling to do whatever you can do to make great stories. You are responsible for figuring out how to keep yourself busy, so show some initiative. The second-surest way to see your grade drop is to fail to complete an assignment on time or to fail to show up for an event you have been assigned to cover or to ignore the directives of a student team member or the teacher/adviser. The third-surest way is to misspell/ mispronounce things, get facts wrong, make mean or stupid stories that are neither useful nor entertaining. And yes, attendance matters – if you’re not here, it’s tough to produce very much.

 

Being a Pro: Failing vs. Screwing Up – There is a difference between failing and screwing up. Failing means you tried to do something in a different way, you went outside of the box – but, for whatever reason, it didn’t really work out. Congratulations! No problem! In fact I love it when people take a risk. Screwing up, however, means you cut corners, suffered an ethical lapse or otherwise didn’t follow through with the steps necessary to tell a thoughtful, interesting or compelling story. In other words, you chose some path other than “being a pro.” Some screw-ups are serious enough that they warrant the “death penalty” for a first offense – you can be immediately dropped from the course (and referred to authorities). They include: • Any kind of sexually inappropriate content • Criminal behavior • Any kind of cyber-bulling or intentional humiliation.

 

 

You have a tremendous amount of freedom to tell whatever story is interesting to you, but with great freedom comes great responsibility! Any action that puts I-6‘s freedom in jeopardy or otherwise sullies its reputation will not be tolerated. If you have any doubt as to whether a course of action is appropriate, ask first!

 

Copyright Matters: We have choices: 1) We produce all of our own media, including music (Then we have no copyright issues); 2) We use royalty free content and music (I provide links); 3) We obtain explicit written permission from copyright holders to use their media (This usually includes a cost). Please throw links to all media in the end credits or notes.

———————————————————————————————————

Please print this out and turn in with signatures:

I have read, understood and agree to comply with the standards for Mr. Bearson’s Radio and TV Class at Rio Americano High School. I further understand that any any form of dishonesty or otherwise inappropriate abuse of the freedoms and privileges of being a member of the I6 staff will result in the student being immediately dropped from the class with a grade of Withdrawl/ Fail. I further acknowledge and agree that the teacher has the sole right to decide when such actions have occurred, and that his decisions are final.

Student signature: 

Date:

Parent signature:

11.30.16

We have two contests this week, one that explores light and another longer piece that explores movement and music. Please note due dates and follow instruction as written.

Today, I will explain both contests and we will look at multiple examples, discuss them and answer questions. This will take most of the period.

Individual Contest #1: 5X5 Interesting Light Due Sunday 12.4.16

Instructions: Look deeper, past the fluorescent tubes in your classroom and supermarket. Switch off one or all of the lights you use every day, observe how that changes the appearance of the everyday. We know all too well what our faces look like in the bathroom mirror lights, but what do those same faces look like at sunset under a streetlight? The most interesting exploration of light wins an extra score.

Submit a 25 second film composed of five 5-second clips using only natural sound to YouTube. Share with abearson@sanjuan.edu. Here are several examples:

Group contest: Action to Music Due 12.11.16 This week and next week you will work in groups of two-four to produce your best version of an action music video: Skating, biking, parkour, dancing, or any other physical action set to music. Give pursuit or get chased, show us your commute or simply move through space. Tips:

  1. Tell a story
  2. Vary angles (high, medium, low/wide, medium, close-up, extreme closeup); Vary the direction of the movement across the screen
  3. Change locations often

Lets avoid first person shooter montages, please.

11.14.16 (Thanksgiving Break)

Interview the oldest person in your house during the break and turn in the best five minutes. Here are the instructions.

You could also do this video project.

Or this one:

You could also make a movie with your family that tells the story of Thanksgiving.

Or do this long monologue assignment

10.24.16

Second draft of How To due Friday

Horror Movies Due! Will Watch Wednesday.

 

10.17.16

  1. Two-Minute How To contest: Teach us something interesting (relevant, compelling, meaningful). You may work in pairs, but everyone must submit. Split script draft due today 10.17.16. Draft of video due Friday. Final drafts due next Friday.
  2. Horror Movies due Sunday 10.23.16 midnight.
  3. Also need:

Weekly Poll Question:

What scares you?

Mr. Cole: asap

Halloween Dance: 10.29.16

International Dinner: 10.21.16

Playathon at the Movies: 10.30.16

Horror Movie Contest

 

9.19.16

 

The following assignment is due Thursday 9.22.16 at midnight.

Lesson: Shooting the Sequence (Five Shots, 10 Seconds)

Lesson: Mastering Mobile Video

Lesson: Complete Production Workflow

 

Lesson: Interviewing

 

 

9.12.16

For this week’s contest you may work in pairs:

One to One Hundred 

The Rules:
+ Use only one second clips.
+ Use up to 100 seconds (1:40).
+ If you add music, use a song you’ve created or something from the Vimeo Music Store.

Due Thursday midnight:

Best three movies wins A+ and immunity for a single project.

The idea is simple, but the possibilities are boundless! You can use up to 100 seconds to tell a story about your home, investigate a mystery, explore a deeply philosophical concept, make us laugh, make us cry, or just to make something beautiful. Maybe each second is very similar to the one before it for a photomotion look, or maybe they are very different, and you focus onvarying your shots. Maybe your subjects are tiny, or you’ve decided to only shoot with your phone.

Tips:

  • Bring movement to your shots
  • Vary your shots: Extreme Closeups to Extreme Wide Shots
  • Don’t settle for standard music
  • Use a theme to unify your shots.
1 Second Everyday – Age 30 from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo.
1 Second Everyday – Age 30 from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo.
46 Seconds from Motionbot on Vimeo.
Seconds Of Beauty – 1st round compilation from The Beauty Of A Second on Vimeo.
Color Circle from Maxence Soldier Rapp on Vimeo.

 

 

New Rule:

You may not leave class without a complete plan approved by Mr. B.

The Week of Tuesday 9.6.16

Review our problems with our first two assignments. How can you solve your problems?

Remember to be a pro: living up to your deadlines.

Computer Lab: rules and responsibilities

This Week’s Contest:

The 5 Second Film: Changed Forever

Rules:

  1. Each director may enter as many films as you want.
  2. Everyone must submit for this first contest
  3. You must help at least one other person make their film
  4. Include a title and credits (not part of the 5 seconds)
  5. You must title your film: “Changed Forever!”
  6. Upload to YouTube. Send me a link by Thursday night (9.8.16)
  7. Best three films win immunity for one week’s assignment. The best films tell the most interesting story told about change as decided by the class and Mr. B.

8.30.16

Today I will edit one person’s audio in front of the class. Students may watch and learn or edit their own on their own devices.

Also, does anyone want to film football games for $20.00

8.29.16

Today, we will review our Faceless portraits for details. Then I will show you how to upload your audio story to SounCloud and the Blog. Then I will introduce you a few audio apps that you might use to edit your audio. Remember: the more we do it, the better we become. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

Faceless portraits were due Sunday at midnight. Please make sure you followed directions. Notice the rubric.

StoryCorps stories are due Wednesday . Please make sure that you follow directions:

Has clear, clean audio recording of subject uploaded to SoundCloud, shared on the blog and includes the Faceless Portrait as a visual element in the post.

• Includes a brief introduction by the interviewer that helps understand what the subject’s story is really about.

• Includes full name, class and date of subject.

• Makes sure that the inteviewer is edited out of story.

• Records only the single best story from the interview. The story includes a convincing, sincere reflection on why the story is important to the subject.

  1. Review Faceless Portraits.
  2. How to upload your audio story to SoundCloud and embed.
  3. How to edit your story using Ferrite and Hokusai.

Editing on your phone takes practice. If you have trouble using the controls on the small screen, consider moving to a computer to edit your audio.

Iphone Apps that record and edit audio

Ferrite Recording Studio

Hokusai Overview

Android Apps that record and edit audio

Wavepad

Audio Evolution Pro

 

8.24.16

Recording Procedure:

Equipment: Smartphone with or without microphone.

  1. Begin with all participants introducing themselves: “My name is (name) I am (age) years old. Today is (date) and I’m speaking with (partner’s name) who is my (relationship). And we are recording this interview in (location)”.
  2. Record the story. Ask the subject to speak slowly, clearly.
  3. The Interviewer should record a brief introduction that introduces us to the situation and the stakes. Please…no plot summary in the introduction.
  4. “This piece was produced and recorded by (your name)”.
  5. Export best possible file.

 

Interviewer:

8.23.16

Names?

Muut? Where are you? Let me address a few questions.

Faceless Portrait/StoryCorps and Due Dates

StoryCorps: Teens

Lauren Calcagno

Jake Harouni

Ruby Hammes

Interview Tips

Great Questions

Faceless Portraits

Emma

8.22.16

EC Names

Muut problems.

Composition Book #1: Drawing from Life vs. The Imagination with Reflection

Faceless Portrait/StoryCorps and Due Dates

8.19.16

  1. Solving problems getting on to the site.
  2. Solving problems with Remind.
  3. Solving Problems with Muut
  4. Questions about Grading Policy.
  5. Return signed agreements.
  6. Names?
  7. Lesson One: What is Your Passion?

8.18.16

Students and Parents,

  1. Please register yourself as a user of this site.
  2. Please follow these directions to receive updates from Remind.
  3. Please subscribe to our Twitter feed: rioamericanomedia@rioamericano.
  4. Please Review our Projects pages.
  5. Please read the letter below, print out and complete the bottom part, then return to me.

Welcome! Guess what? You are now a Staff Member on what we hope will become a daring and innovative teen-focused podcast. This class (using mobile technology to tell compelling stories to our community) is the first of its kind! We are pioneers here!

Be a Pro!- Which is why we must also be pros. A “pro” knows how to research, plan, produce, edit and distribute quality digital stories that matter to our community. A “pro” knows how to cultivate an audience and knows how his audience thinks. A “pro” treats all people with respect, never intentionally bringing harm or embarrassment to anyone. A “pro” gets his facts right, spells names correctly, becomes the expert on his own story. A “pro” shoots stunning visuals, captures thrilling audio, makes every second count because she knows that her viewers will click away the moment they are bored or disgusted. A “pro” is always skeptical about the information she is gathering. “Pros” put difficult questions to authority, expose injustice, investigate problems, pay attention to details. Pros celebrate, investigate, educate and entertain our community! In this class we will all be pros!

Equipment: This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) class, which means that you may use any equipment available to you. I have a mobile lab of IPad Minis, Chromeooks, a Mac Computer Lab, some lights and a few audio recorders to loan out. The focus is what can we make with what we have. Professional videographers usually do not make a lot of money and there is always a price pressure that makes videojournalism or filmmaking with state of the art equipment difficult. Professionals everywhere now seek to tell great stories with cheap equipment and that is what we will be doing. Most of us will shoot with our smartphone or point-and-shoot camera–that’s fine. Students with DSLR’s are welcome to use them, but I will not provide them. Students are responsible for keeping their own equipment secure.

How I Teach– When I say that “this is not a technology class” I mean that we will not spend class time learning the ins-and-outs of specific programs. We learn by trial and error. My role is to make your production process easier and to guide you as you solve problems. I also give feedback on the quality of your production.

Class Routine: Each week I will present an assignment. You may complete this assignment or complete your own assignment, but work must be completed. Please do not say that you do not “have any ideas”.  If you do not have ideas then you must complete the assignment.

Class time is for collaborating, planning, shooting and editing projects for the podcast. I can help troubleshoot some things, but I may not know your program at all. I teach by showing examples of what other people have done and asking what worked, what did not and why. Then we look at your story and ask the same questions. Our goal is to become better storytellers in whatever format we choose. Even though I may make strong suggestions I want to emphasize that these are your stories and you are in charge of them. Stay professional (see description of professional above) and you can do whatever you want. Stop being a pro and you lose all freedom to create. This class is an elective, but it is not a free ride! Good work is hard to make. Sometimes you have to do things over. Paying attention to details takes time. I expect you to put in whatever time it takes to make quality stories. I suspect that this will probably be more time than you think.

A Note About Taking Students Out of Class: Students may be taken out of class only with permission of their teachers. Please ask the teacher ahead of time. Do not arrive on the day of the request with an urgent need to talk to the student. It is your responsibility to find and contact the students that you need to interview. 

A Note About Wandering Around Campus: Wander without purpose and you will fail the class. You must be completing an assignment to be out of class. You will be warned the first time you are wandering. The second time you will be restricted to the classroom for two weeks. The third time you will be restricted to the classroom for the rest of the term, receive an F in the class and switched to another elective at the first opportunity. 

Grades – How do you earn an A in this class? The answer is simple – impress me. Find an interesting topic, add clear, composed visuals, discover interesting locations, watch the light, have good characters tell good stories, get crisp audio, pronounce/spell everyone’s name right, make deadlines, and then do it again and again. Your recordings should show the emotion, the pain, the excitement, the drudgery of life in a suburban American high school, and do it again and again. Make me laugh, make me cry, make me angry. Help me empathize with others. Show me something new or something old in a new way. And do it again and again.

 Bottom Line on Grades: Work hard, and you will do well. Fail (which I define as taking thoughtful, appropriate risks that didn’t work out all that well) and you will still receive a good grade. Stop being a pro and things will get ugly fast.(See below.) We are producing a podcast in this class, and we treat this publications lab as a professional news magazine. If you don’t want to be part of that process, then you are in the wrong place.

An “A” grade means…

I am constantly (90% of the time) making stuff. I promptly return equipment and cleanup before leaving. I give good feedback and listen carefully to feedback on my own work, revising to improve.  My work shows growth and evolves and improves during the term. I am always challenging myself to tell better stories and improve technically. I never waste time and I look for opportunities to help others. I plan ahead and respect all of the rules of the school.

A “B” is 85% of the time….

A “C” is 75% of the time….

A “D” is 65% of the time….

An “F” is less than 60% of the time….

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You will be evaluated both by me and by other students. You will also be asked each podcast to do a detailed self-evaluation of your contributions. There is also a PARTICIPATION grade, which is subjective and includes things like your intelligent discussion during pitch meetings, your ability to stay productive during class and your attitude toward others. (Hint: Don’t spend much time goofing around on-line, or watching silly videos, or otherwise wasting time.)

Radio-TV Rubric for All Things  

What if I’m Sick? It is your responsibility to figure out what’s going on if you are absent – your stories are still due, regardless of any difficulties you might be experiencing in your life outside the I-6. Call an editor, call or email me, but find out what’s happening – and don’t miss deadlines!

 

Help Market Our Brand: We need help getting viewers. Get 10 people to subscribe to our podcast or Schoology page. This assignment is an all-or-nothing grade that’s worth more than 10 percent of the course. If you don’t complete it satisfactorily, you cannot get an A in the course! Get 10 people to subscribe to our podcast and you’re good (More is better!)

 

The surest way to suffer a drop in your grade is to sit around doing nothing instead of hustling to do whatever you can do to make great stories. You are responsible for figuring out how to keep yourself busy, so show some initiative. The second-surest way to see your grade drop is to fail to complete an assignment on time or to fail to show up for an event you have been assigned to cover or to ignore the directives of a student team member or the teacher/adviser. The third-surest way is to misspell/ mispronounce things, get facts wrong, make mean or stupid stories that are neither useful nor entertaining. And yes, attendance matters – if you’re not here, it’s tough to produce very much.

 

Being a Pro: Failing vs. Screwing Up – There is a difference between failing and screwing up. Failing means you tried to do something in a different way, you went outside of the box – but, for whatever reason, it didn’t really work out. Congratulations! No problem! In fact I love it when people take a risk. Screwing up, however, means you cut corners, suffered an ethical lapse or otherwise didn’t follow through with the steps necessary to tell a thoughtful, interesting or compelling story. In other words, you chose some path other than “being a pro.” Some screw-ups are serious enough that they warrant the “death penalty” for a first offense – you can be immediately dropped from the course (and referred to authorities). They include: • Any kind of sexually inappropriate content • Criminal behavior • Any kind of cyber-bulling or intentional humiliation.

 

 

You have a tremendous amount of freedom to tell whatever story is interesting to you, but with great freedom comes great responsibility! Any action that puts I-6‘s freedom in jeopardy or otherwise sullies its reputation will not be tolerated. If you have any doubt as to whether a course of action is appropriate, ask first!

 

Copyright Matters: We have choices: 1) We produce all of our own media, including music (Then we have no copyright issues); 2) We use royalty free content and music (I provide links); 3) We obtain explicit written permission from copyright holders to use their media (This usually includes a cost). Please throw links to all media in the end credits or notes.

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I have read, understood and agree to comply with the standards for Mr. Bearson’s Radio and TV Class at Rio Americano High School. I further understand that any any form of dishonesty or otherwise inappropriate abuse of the freedoms and privileges of being a member of the I6 staff will result in the student being immediately dropped from the class with a grade of Withdrawl/ Fail. I further acknowledge and agree that the teacher has the sole right to decide when such actions have occurred, and that his decisions are final.

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Student Experiments in Multimedia Storytelling CONTACT: abearson@sanjuan.edu