Four broadcast journalism workshops to be offered at 2019 JSPA conference


Michael Hernandez, adviser to the nationally award-winning broadcast journalism program at Mira Costa High School in Redondo Beach, Calif., and a regular figure at national  journalism conventions, will give four workshops at the 2019 national Jewish high school journalism conference, set for Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.

An expert in experiential education who has taken students to Cambodia, Cuba, Vietnam and elsewhere to make documentaries, Mr. Hernandez has published several books on broadcast journalism and speaks throughout the world on topics related to technology in education.  He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator. He also was Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year for 2015-16.

He has been adviser to Mira Costa’s Mustang Morning News broadcast program since 1999, and believes in empowering his students to become digital storytellers who create work that will affect change in society.

Mr. Hernandez will give four workshops at JSPA:

Sports Announcing

Calling live sports is one of the most exhilarating and challenging roles a broadcaster can have. In this hands-on session, learn tips for calling games, including research and preparation, writing and anchoring live.

Video News Stories for Impact

Learn how to produce video news packages for your publication’s website or social media account.  The staff and adviser of Pacemaker-winning Mustang Morning News will show examples of different types of newspackages, discuss crew roles, workflow and production timelines.

Humans of Your School: The Video

The staff and adviser of Pacemaker-winning Mustang Morning News will discuss how you can produce a video version of The Humans of New York. We’ll show examples and discuss the production process, including story and technical elements, and tips for producing creative, high quality interviews.

Podcasting: The Art of Audio Storytelling

Audio storytelling is an intimate form of reporting that allows the audience to become enveloped in the story in ways that words alone can’t match. This session will cover storytelling tips for this on-demand medium, workflow, and technical elements of recording and editing podcasts.

The 2019 Jewish Scholastic Journalism Conference, co-sponsored by Shalhevet High School and the American Jewish Press Association, will be held at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills.

 Click here to register for the conference online.  For more information, please email [email protected], either to ask questions directly or to set up a time to speak by phone.