Creating News Shows in the Primary School Context

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The intention of this page is for primary school teachers to share and reflect upon their successful (and not-so-successful) processes.

Why should you give News Shows a go?

Room 12 prepares to shoot a "Stand Up"

News Shows are an exciting way for children to learn many skills. These include but are not limited to:

  • Oral Language
  • Written Language
  • Story Boarding
  • Awareness of Current Affairs
  • Reading Expressively
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Film Editing
  • Sound Editing
  • Forming an opinion
  • Working collaboratively
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Contributing to the school and local community


Television News

To begin with your news show can be created using minimal equipment. My class has created effective programmes using a webcam and Windows movie maker.

We have then migrated to digital cameras (using the video function), iMovie, Easi-speak microphones.

Through creating collaborative networks we are now looking at using iPads (for teleprompting using the Prompterous app) and regular microphones.

On the odd occasion we have used green screening.


As this is a part of my Minimally Invasive Education research, my children have created their own processes. Usually they work in groups of around 3-5.

  1. Oral discusion/brainstorm on which kind of story they will report on (national, world, local or personal event)
  2. Scripting story on portable whiteboards (this may change to iPad)
  3. Discussing and deciding on where filming will take place (indoors, outdoors, effective background)
  4. Negotiating who will film, present, prompt and direct
  5. Practice
  6. Film
  7. Edit (add titles etc iMovie has a very good News Template)
  8. Add creative commons music if necc (or time permitting)
  9. Upload to class blog
  10. Observe News show on our collaborating class's blog
  11. Give and Receive feedback
  12. Start process again taking on previous feedback

Here is a visual example of the process from St Clair Primary School classroom:

News process at st clair.png

  1. An example of the news showfrom St Clair Primary School

Here is an example of a news show scripted, presented, filmed and edited in 60 minutes as a part of our after school news crew club. There are many aspects that the children reflected on and I am sure we will see improvements on content, presentation style, and camera work, week by week. After School New Crew - Thursdays 3-4 pm

Tips from an expert

We were very fortunate to have an experienced TV News Reporter watch our shows and give us some valuable feedback. He suggested that:

  • News Presenters need to impart ENERGY
  • Presenters have to engage with the audience (he said to imagine you are talking to your very best friend)

When we are doing our PTC (news lingo for Piece To Camera) to remember:




  • Sound has been a major issue for us considering we have been using webcam (photobooth) and the video function on standard digital cameras.
  • We have recently rectified this with a USB microphone. I made the unfortunate mistake of purchasing an analogue mic (the one with a head-phone kind of plug) and had no joy. There are ways around this but it requires buying additional gadgets. I then plugged in a USB mic (from our Wii rockband) and it worked magnificently!
  • For our outdoor work we have started using easi-speak mics. This requires muting the sound on the visuals and overlaying the sound from the easi-speaks. It is really important to use a clapper board for this (we just whack a small whiteboard with a random object) but it is great for sound synching).
  • Check out our latest show with this new and improved sound...

After School News Crew

  • Check out the sound quality from Australia too

The latest from the MLU

Collaborate - a step further

  • We have started to take our collaboration a step forward. The children from BPS Geelong (Aus) and BMPS Otara (NZ) have been providing each other feedback through the class blogs. We are also both giving and recieving feedback with St Clair School (Dunedin) NZ. Now we are sending each other clips that we include in the shows to look like a 'live cross over'. This teaches the kids about continuity and shows them how editing can make things appear how they may not actually be.

Here is an example of BMPS being included in the BPS show

Here is an example of BPS being included in the BMPS show

My children have already picked up how this works. You will notice William the Weather Man has started conversing with the people in the previous scene here

Hopefully they will use this technique in the future between their Aus - NZ pieces.

Like this

And another collaborative piece between BMPS and BPS here

Examples of the results

Archive of BMPS After-School News Crew

What's New in the MLU with behind the scenes coverage

What's New in the MLU 29 April 2011

What's New in the MLU 6 May 2001

St Clair Scoopers