Boxed Instruction Units

These units from the spring 2021 convention are now free to use for all of our members. Use these units with your staff as activities to do as a class or as individual, self-paced work, or as instructional units to teach future staffers.

Each of the 12 units comes with instructions (usually a video), materials, and an assignment. The linked sessions were from 2021 spring convention week and are not active any more!

 Instructional Unit (including Thursday Session Link) Instruction  Practice 4/22 Zoom 
 Lower third graphics with CCNN student Andrew Falconi    Instructional Video See assignment below 10:30 - 11 a.m.
Headline writing  with Susan McNulty    Instructional Video Assignment folder 10:30 - 11 a.m.
Good lighting with with CCNN student Anthony Martinez    Instructional Video  See assignment below 11 - 11:30 a.m.
 Caption Writing with Renee Burke  Instructional Video Assignment folder  11 - 11:30 a.m.
Big Five of B-Roll with Dave Pritchard    Instructional Video  Assignment folder  11:30 - 12 a.m.
Photo editing with LightRoom with Courtney Hanks   Instructional Video Assignment folder  11:30 - 12 a.m.
Cinema editing with EditStock   PDF with entire unit Trial subscription, worksheets12:30 - 1 p.m.
Adobe Spark with Melissa Falkowski   Instructional VideoAssignment folder 12 :30- 1 p.m.
Cell phone interview with CCNN student Adrian Morgade  Instructional Video See assignment below  1 - 1:30 p.m.
Alt coverage with Katie Turkleson  Instructional Video  Assignment folder 1 - 1:30 p.m.
Scriptwriting (for podcast) Kevin Patterson   Instructional Video Assignment folder 1:30 - 2 p.m.
Elements of Design with Christy Porcelli  Instructional Video Assignment folder 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Lower third graphics -  9 minute YouTube video

Assignment: Create a lower third graphic that has motion and includes name, title and graphics

Put the graphic over a short video where you introduce yourself, your school and your staff. Upload the video to YouTube (or somewhere similar) and bring the link to the Thursday session.

Good lighting - 3 minute YouTube video

Assignment: Interview someone using three shots: indoor, outdoor, outdoor with a diffuser (different diffusers if you have access). Each shot can be the same question or even an introduction (Name/Publication/School or “What do you like best about FSPA?”)

Total video length should be less than 30 seconds. Upload the video to YouTube (or somewhere similar) and bring the link to the Thursday session.

If you have the time/ability, make a transition labeling the type of light and technique used. Use Anthony’s tips, and if you don’t have the equipment, get creative with phone lights and DIY diffusers.

Big Five of B-Roll - Instructional video

Assignment: In groups of 2 (one videographer and one subject), film the Big 5 of a student working in a desk. Be sure to film each shot for at least 10 seconds and film each shot on a tripod or other support. Edit each of the five shots into a single sequence. Be sure to include your Nat Sound. Export your file with the name Big5 and upload it to YouTube (or somewhere similar) and bring the link to the Thursday session.

Cinema editing with EditMentor - PDF with major unit including a trial subscription to EditMentor: several instructional videos, examples, multiple assignments

Cell phone interview - 3 minute YouTube video

Assignment: Create a 30-second interview about FSPA using your phone. Use Adrian’s lighting and interviewing techniques, and upload your video to YouTube when you’re done. Bring the link to Thursday’s help session. NOTE: You can combine this with #1 and #2!

Podcast scriptwriting - 4 minute YouTube video

Materials folder: Podcast example + (assignment) raw audio to edit

Assignment: Produce a podcast using the raw interview file you’ve been provided. You will write and put in your soundbites like Kevin has shown you. Upload your podcast to Soundcloud or something similar and bring it to the Thursday session.

Headline writing - 12 minute YouTube video

Materials: Assignment - Following the instructions in the video, write a headline and subheadline for the Disney movie of your choice. Bring it to the Thursday session.

Caption writing - 11 minutes YouTube video

Materials: Use the two photos + accompanying interviews to write a caption for each

Photo editing with LightRoom - 30 minute YouTube video

Materials folder + Assignment: Practice your Lightroom skills and bring these edited photos to the Thursday Zoom session.

Adobe Spark - 28 minute YouTube

Assignment: Recreate an Adobe Spark feature about MSD reopening: Materials folder

Alt coverage (non-design) - Katie Turkleson producing, leading

Alternative Story Forms - 31 minute YouTube video

Materials folder - Assignment: (subfolder) Using Katie’s sidebar rules, create two mods (alternative copy/sidebar pieces) for the spread inside the folder. Use the information provided in the Word document.

Elements of Design - 20 minute YouTube video

Materials folder with instructional PowerPoint, PDF, and assignment + materials

Assignment: Look at the attached instructions, and create an 8.5”x11” two-page spread for a literary magazine using the poetry and artwork provided. Make sure you follow the rules of design used in Christy’s presentation.

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