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Television Production & Broadcast Journalism By Phillip L. Harris, 2nd Edition (Goodheart-Willcox, Co., Inc.) will be available in March 2011.

The text introduces the basic skills needed to enter the television production industry and includes an overview of the equipment, job responsibilities, and techniques involved in both traditional studio production and remote location work. The second edition has been extensively updated to address the digital technology used to create television programming. Additionally, new broadcast journalism sections and chapters have been incorporated to support schools that air student-produced newscasts. Much of the material is valid for both television production and broadcast journalism students.

Television Production & Broadcast Journalism grew out of a need to provide students with an up-to-date high school textbook on the subject of television production. After trying to find such a textbook for several years, Mr. Harris decided to write one himself. Fundamentally, this text is a written version of his lecture notes, combined with information from trade magazines, over 30 years of experiences as a videographer and instructor, and interaction with other broadcasting, communications, and television production instructors as a consultant, workshop leader, and convention speaker.

This text strongly emphasizes the importance of vocabulary and the correct use of industry terms. When a term is presented, it is set in bold italic type, immediately defined, and is used consistently throughout the chapters that follow. Talk the Talk features explain the difference between common consumer terms and professional terms, and provide examples of the industry’s use of terms. Knowing the proper use and meaning of professional terms is a significant requirement when beginning a career in the television production industry. Oftentimes, the respect you receive from industry professionals is based greatly on the way you speak. Correctly using professional terms is required at all times in our industry.

Principles involved in camera operation, picture composition, scriptwriting, lighting, remote shooting, directing, and many other areas are discussed with illustrated examples and explanations. Production Note features are found within each chapter and provide additional information or tips that expand on or reinforce a particular topic. Visualize This features also reinforce concepts by providing examples intended to help students create a mental picture of a concept or scenario. These features provide relatable examples to assist students in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful.

Many teachers have been confronted with administrations wanting to know how television production and broadcast journalism contribute to cross-curricular instruction. Activities are provided at the end of each chapter that relate the chapter contents to the following areas of learning:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Science

Even though television technology and the technology involved in television production is evolving, the basic knowledge and skills required to enter this field remain consistent. Television Production & Broadcast Journalism is designed to provide a foundation of information and skills on which a rewarding career can be built.

In addition to the student textbook, ancillary products available include:

  • Student Workbook. The workbook contains 68 independent activities intended to review and reinforce the chapter material.
  • Instructor’s Presentations for PowerPoint. This CD contains a classroom presentation for each chapter, which provides the basis for classroom lectures. Available with an individual license and a site license.
  • ExamView Assessment Suite. The ExamView software may be used to create a variety of tests and includes a pre-made bank of questions for each chapter of the text. In addition, teachers have the ability to edit existing questions and add questions of their own making.
  • Instructor’s CD. The material on the Instructor’s CD contains a host of classroom management tips, a curriculum timeline, a guide on using the textbook, a wide variety of forms for production management, additional resources for teachers, and handouts for students (handouts are in Word format, so they can be customized by teachers to match their individual classroom/facility). The CD also includes lesson plans for each chapter, as well as a list of discussion questions and classroom activities that easily provide more things to do that can be accomplished in a single year.
ISBN: 978-1-60525-350-3
Format: Hardcover
Copyright: © 2012
Subject: Visual Arts
Grade Level: 8-14

Retail Price: $73.28
School Price: $54.96

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About the Author

A former television production instructor, Phil is nationally-known as a break-out session presenter in the fields of television production and broadcast journalism.  He has travelled throughout the country as a consultant and trainer sharing and advising session attendees on many aspects of teaching these subjects successfully.  Phil has made presentations at VENE, ACTE, FETC, ITEA, JEA, SkillsUSA, STN, TSA, VATIE, and others.  In February, 2006, his high school textbook Television Production was published by Goodheart-Willcox, Co., Inc.  Phil has also written over 20 articles for  Additional information and links for booking Phil can be found at

Phil Harris will be at the Student Television Network Convention in Orlando March 8 -12 and will have copies of the book with him. The publisher, Goodheart-Willcox, will have a booth in the vendor area. You can also meet Mr. Harris at JEA in Anaheim April 14-17. Phil will also be a major presenter at the SVN Video Camp, July 17th – 22nd at the Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University.


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