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TV Broadcast Journalism

Course Description

TV/Broadcast Journalism is a year-long elective and has an articulation agreement with Saddleback Community College.  Students who pass the class with at least a B will receive college credit at Saddleback Community College.  Students will learn the roles of a television news crew by producing a weekly video magazine show called “The Morning Howl” to air campus-wide at Aliso Niguel High School.  Students will have a chance to learn all of the roles involved in producing a weekly video news magazine show by rotating through positions throughout the course of the semester.


ANCHOR - The most visible members of “The Morning Howl”. These are the people that appear as the "up front" personalities behind the anchor desk. Ideally, the news anchor is a complete journalist, familiar with reporting, on-scene live coverage and skilled at writing, and in some cases, producing news packages.

REPORTERS - They are on-the-scene at every kind of event. News reporters must be excellent writers, capable of working quickly and accurately to sum up the key elements of a news story and make it understandable and relevant to the audience.

WRITER - The writer's responsibilities include preparing news packages for voicing by anchors or reporters, researching story information.  Exceptional writing skills are a must.

FEATURE PRODUCER - The Feature Producer must have an "eye" for human interest or humorous stories. The person searches for and sets up stories for the Feature Reporter. The Feature Producer will also be involved in doing interviews, gathering video, editing video and writing.

ELECTRONIC NEWS GATHERING (ENG) – Also known as camera operators or photojournalists, they work alongside reporters to capture events on videotape and to produce live, on-scene coverage of breaking news stories.

ENG EDITOR - The person who edits tape taken by the ENG crew. ENG editors work with producers, reporters and writers to build news packages from the raw tape sent in from the field or gathered on feeds from networks or other sources.

CHIEF EDITOR - The Chief Editor works closely with the Executive Producer, Producers, Reporters and videographers. The CE is responsible for the look and style of editing, as well as keeping an eye on the quality of work performed by the “Morning Howl” staff. The Chief Editor is also responsible for adding graphics to “The Morning Howl”.

STUDIO ENGINEERS - Responsible for operating all of the equipment necessary for the production of a program. This includes the studio camera, microphones, studio lighting, and the teleprompter.

GRAPHICS - Responsible for creating the titles and graphics used on “The Morning Howl”.


  1. Participating every week as a member of the “Morning Howl” crew (you will be rotated between all of the “Morning Howl” positions throughout the semester in order to gain experience in each area).
  2. Coming up with story and feature ideas for the “Morning Howl”.
  3. Getting help when having difficulty with a topic, learning software or learning how to use a piece of video equipment.
  4. Keeping track of all notes and assignments.
  5. Keeping up with assigned reading.
  6. Preparing and studying for quizzes, tests, and exams.
  7. Your attendance, punctuality, and participation are a major factor in the success of the production of “The Morning Howl”.
May 20 Morning Howl
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The Morning Howl - Behind the Scenes
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About Mr. Ohnstad

  • Married with three children, two Siberian Huskies, and one cat
  • BFA in Media Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • MA in Telecommunications, Film and New Media Production from San Diego State University
  • Teaching Credential in English with CLAD Emphasis from San Diego State University
  • Teaching Credential in Multimedia from Cal State Long Beach
  • 15th year teaching in Capistrano Unified District
  • 9th year teaching at Aliso Niguel High School