Broadcast News Producing Lesson – Day Two

Prepared by: Jami Williams, Mexico High School, Mexico, Missouri

Students will understand how to stack a newscast.


  1. PowerPoint presentation
  2. Group Activity


  1. Level 1 (Basic) understanding of the different types of shows and how they work work to create variety in a newscast
  2. Level 2 (Proficient) application of stacking a newscast for production


  1. News Producing PowerPoint Day 2
  2. Teacher’s choice: a headline segment from a local newscast
  3. Teacher’s choice: an example of a teaser from a local newscast
  4. Stacking a Newscast Sheets


Steps to check for student understanding

  1. Teacher will do frequent comprehension checks in the form of Classroom Assessment Techniques (thumbs up, thumbs down; exit slip in the form of post-it note summary).
  2. Students will be submitting their Stacking a Newscast Sheets for assessment


  1. Suggested bell ringer: There used to be a saying in media: If it bleeds it leads. What do you think that means and do you feel that is still true with all of the different ways people have to get their news?
  2. Teacher will present the PowerPoint.
  3. Teacher will divide the students into groups of three.
  4. Teacher will distribute the Stacking a Newscast assignment.
  5. Students should collaborate on the assignment.
  6. It is the teacher’s choice to have the students present their stack or not. If the teacher decides to have the student present, then additional time may need to be added in order to discuss differences in lead stories, etc.


  1. Exit slip: What story in the stack do you personally believe needs to be the lead and why?