About the Author with Adobe Premiere Rush

Students investigate a journalist and create a video about their life and work

About This Strategy

This 2- to 5-hour strategy teaches students to investigate and reflect on the people creating the news they read. Students use Adobe Premiere Rush to present a biography that chronicles past publications, summarizes the journalist's career, and reflect on their findings about the journalist. 

Adobe Premiere Rush  empowers student voice, providing a professional-looking platform to share learning in a multimedia format. This strategy may be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe  Spark Video.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 - 300 minutes

Activate. 

Students Write-Pair-Share a list of what news they consume, and where they are locating that news. After sharing, students update their list to add any information they were reminded of. Give at least 5 minutes for the "write". (15 minutes)

Learn. Students observe teacher modeling on how to locate the biography of a journalist, emphasizing that it must come from more than one place:

  1. Using a key word search online for outlets that carry their work

  2. Locating a few articles and/or videos

  3. Searching for a social media profile (ex. Twitter or Linkedin) and/or professional website

Point out where to find information. (10 - 15 minutes)

Research and Reflect. 

Students choose a local, national, or international journalist to profile, or work from a list of journalists like this list or this list to gather information, then reflect on what they've learned using the guidance in the steps here.  (60 - 120 minutes)

Create. 

Students create a short video that presents their findings using these steps. (30 - 70 minutes)

Share. 

Students share and publish their videos as directed by their instructor. (5 minutes)

Steps for Students

In order to investigate and reflect on the people creating the news you read, you will create a video that shares the life and accomplishments of a journalist using Adobe Premiere Rush. After researching a journalist, you will pull together screenshots, images, and text to create a presentation to summarize and reflect on your findings about the journalist. 

Adobe Premiere Rush is an easy-to-use tool that empowers you to create and share videos.

Steps:

1. Before we begin to create a video profile on a journalist, use the following reflection questions to Write-Pair-Share. 

  1. Where do you go to read/watch news?

  2.  What types of news do you consume? 

  3. Are there particular journalists that you go to first? 

  4. How often do you check your news sources?

  5. Do you share news with your friends? How? Why?

  6. Do you try to read/watch news that you disagree with? 

  7. How do you know if the news you're consuming is "true"? 

Keep this information, you'll need it for your presentation. (15 minutes)

2. Your teacher will model the steps needed to locate information about a journalist’s education, prior work experience and accomplishments. (10 - 15 minutes)

3. Your teacher may give you a list of journalists to choose from or assign you someone to profile. You can work from a list of internationally known journalists like this list or this list, or research your own choice of a local, national, or international journalist. 

Find out the following information about your journalist:

  • Education (where they went to school, degrees, certifications)

  • Experience (where they have worked in the past, what events or stories they have covered)

  • Current news outlets (who they currently work for, where they publish stories)

  • Accomplishments (high profile work, scoops, awards)

As you work, gather screenshots that will support your narrative about the journalist. For example, if your subject covers political events, you might want to look for photographs and/or videos that show them at work in a political setting, such as a political convention, in front of a governmental building such as the White House, or 10 Downing Street, or being interviewed in a news broadcast. Screenshots of their written work, particularly award-winning articles and interviews are another possibility. Collect a lot of imagery and video, so that you have choices when it comes time to edit. Make sure to save it all in a folder that you've named, so that you don't have to search all over to find these resources later. Be sure to follow copyright when gathering images. (15 - 30 minutes)

4. Reflect on what you've learned, first in writing and then in a pair-share with your partner. Return to the list of questions you responded to at the start of this assignment.  (60 - 120 minutes)

  • After investigating the background of a journalist, do you have any new learnings about your own choices of what and how you consume news? 

    • For example, if you reported that you read medical news from a person calling themselves a "Dr.", and then discovered that they were not a doctor of medicine. 

  • Now knowing their experience, and where they've been employed and are still employed, did you see any trends? 

    • For example, you were following a journalist who reported on politics, and learned that they had worked in politics for a particular political party.

  • Based on your investigation, do you think it is important to check your news source to find out about the author(s) background and experience? Explain all of your reasoning.

5. Use the information you have found, and your reflection, to create a short “about the author” video using Adobe Premiere Rush. Include screenshots, text boxes, narration and images to share what you have learned. You can organize your information into the four categories listed above. 

A good way to organize your thinking is to sketch it out in this storyboard format, where you can note what images go in what order, and what information you want to narrate to match the images. This is just meant to be an organizer for your work, so don't spend a lot of time on it. You will learn more about how to create a clear and concise narrative as you begin the video creation process. Stop periodically, and review what you've created.

For more guidance on using Adobe Premiere Rush, follow these steps. (30 - 70 minutes)

6. Share your video presentation as directed by your instructor. (5 minutes)

 

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' videos.