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Broadcast News


How does news get from the front lines to your feed? Let’s take a look behind the curtain...

Students will gain an understanding of what constitutes broadcast news and how it’s produced. They will use this knowledge to work backwards, investigating and critically analyzing news stories they’ve recently encountered. Click on the Activities Tab to complete the lesson.

Central Question

What does broadcast journalism look like in today’s complicated digital media landscape?

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to discuss the historical role of news and media outlets as well as the structure of broadcast news organizations.

When Would You Use This Lesson?

This lesson can be used as an introductory media literacy lesson in journalism, social studies, history or other classes.

Media Literacy Connection

Understanding the history of broadcast news and the structure of news outlets is critical to media literacy.

Civics Connection

How people and communities debate important issues is informed by the media individuals consume and their understanding of accuracy, fairness, and trust. This lesson is one part of a media literacy curriculum that helps young people become savvy news consumers.


Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.

Source: American Press institute

Broadcast News

Non-fiction video or audio communication about topics of public interest disseminated through broadcast or digital methods including tv, radio, streaming, and social media.


Free from mistake or error. Coverage of topics and facts in appropriate detail.


Journalists should strive for accuracy and truth in reporting, and not slant a story so a reader draws the reporter’s desired conclusion.


Complex equations that collect data and monitor users’ behavior to put content in their feeds that they’re likely to engage with.

Writing - Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Innovative Designer

Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. (ISTE)

Participation and Deliberation

Civics teaches the principles—such as adherence to the social contract, consent of the governed, limited government, legitimate authority, federalism, and separation of powers—that are meant to guide official institutions such as legislatures, courts, and government agencies. (NCSS D2.Civ.7.9-12 - D2.Civ.10.9-12)


Historical understanding requires recognizing this multiplicity of points of view in the past, which makes it important to seek out a range of sources on any historical question rather than simply use those that are easiest to find. It also requires recognizing that perspectives change over time, so that historical understanding requires developing a sense of empathy with people in the past whose perspectives might be very different from those of today. (NCSS D2.His.4.9-12 - D2.His.8.9-12)

Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Describe the diversity and variety of functions within the Journalism & Broadcasting Career Pathway.

Reading - Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Empowered Learner

Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. (ISTE)

Digital Citizenship

Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. (ISTE)

Determining Helpful Sources

Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of view represented in the sources, the types of sources available, and the potential uses of the sources. (NCSS D1.5.9-12)

Demonstrate writing processes used in journalism and broadcasting media.

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. (ISTE)

Constructing Compelling Questions

Explain how a question reflects an enduring issue in the field and explain points of agreement and disagreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a compelling question. (NCSS D1.1.9-12 - D1.2.9-12)

Speaking and Listening - Comprehension and Collaboration



Video Production

Media Literacy

Digital Literacy/Citizenship

Broadcast News








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Estimated Time

50 Minutes