Radio Curriculum

This series of lessons provides a curriculum that teachers can use in any broadcast journalism program. Whether taught in the classroom or as an after school club or activity, the lessons provide hands-on experiences for students, help improve their writing skills and build confidence in interviewing and problem-solving. The authors designed the curriculum so that much of the material can be easily modified for print and online journalism classes, as well as television production modules.

The radio curriculum was created with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for RTDNF and made available on at the request of the Knight Foundation.

Curriculum overview
Reflections on teaching broadcast journalism
Equipment recommendations
Broadcast studio recommendations
Identifying your audience
Defining your product

Level One
Radio Then and Now:  Sounds Like Old Time Radio
Focus on Sound:  How to use Microphones and Minidiscs
Plagarism and On-air attribution, Interviewing
Focus on Sound: Ambience
News:  Writing for the Ear
Focus on Sound: Introduction to Digital Audio Workstation
News Wrap
Produce a News Wrap
Interview and Ethics
Focus on Sound:  On Tape
Weather and Traffic Reports
News:  All News Stations and Keeping a Log
News:  Newscast, Written and Spoken
Group Dynamics: Rubric and Critiquing Student Work
The Business Side
The Public Service Announcement
News: Sports
Focus on the Technical Side, Top of the Hour
Work with Individuals
The 13-minute news program

Level Two
Focus on Sound
News:  Billboards
News:  Breaking News
Focus on Sound:  The Audio Interview
Radio History Revisited
Repackaging for Audio Options
Taking Care of Business:  Emergency Alert System
Ethics and Law:  Copyright and ASCAP
Write and Produce an On-Air Promotion
Ethical and Legal Issues
Write a Promo
The Feature
The Sports Feature
The Public Affairs Feature
Radio Then and Now:  History Revisited
Research and Career Options
Pitch a Story
Feature Profile
Pitch, Produce and Promo a Profile