The Penn News Network
The Penn News Network is broadcasting the news of Penn High School in its fifteenth season. PNN is the daily news broadcast that brings Penn High School its first look at all the day's news and announcements. Print & broadcast news stories are published to this site daily, and the announcements kiosk is updated daily as well. Stories in the show and on the site range from daily announcements to in-depth feature stories about what is happening in the Penn community. Reporters for PNN attend academic, sporting, and social events every week to keep the Penn student body up to date on what is going on around campus and around Michiana.
If you would like to see a story covered, please send us an email, and we will look into it further. If you are a student or a parent interested in the Mass Media Studies program at Penn High School, please read the class descriptions below and fill out the application to get more information about them. If you like, you may contact Kevin McNulty, the instructor for each of these classes. You can send him an email or stop by room 146 in Penn High School. You can also get more information at massmedia.phmschools.org.
Mass Media and Technical Communication 1:
Course #: 0369
This introductory study of broadcast media (television, film, and Internet) aims to analyze and criticize mass media communication through the perspective of the humanities. Instruction will begin in the area of media literacy. We will examine messages that come to us through mass media, and we will deconstruct them as we move into the message-making mode of class. A significant goal of the course is to prepare students to produce PNN, Penn High School’s bi-daily news show. However, if a student is more interested in the study of film with the goal of moving into production, this course offers an introduction to topics that they can study in more depth in the Seminar in Film Literature course. Readings will be informative and deconstructive, and students will strive to develop media literacy as well production skills. This course is a prerequisite for Mass Media and Technical Communication 2.
Mass Media and Technical Communication 2:
Course #: 0371
Equipped with an in-depth understanding of media, their aesthetic function, their social, historical, and political impacts, these second year students will continue their work in the PNN television studio in a more intensive application of theory and technical skills. Building upon understanding and skills developed in the Introduction class, students will produce, write, edit, and broadcast a daily announcements program, a biweekly news magazine show (in the format of Dateline, 48 Hours, or CBS Today), create advertising spots, specialty videos, and independent films. As a requirement, students will be expected to work outside of class on projects and attend extra-curricular functions held at Penn High School. All work will be produced for an outside audience, and the majority of student work will be published to the Internet.
Seminar in Film Literature
Beginning with media literacy, students participating in this class will not only develop a critical analysis of the moving picture medium, but they will engage in the production of independent film projects. Students will examine production from the authoring of screenplays all the way through the pre-production, production, and post-production stages of creation. Instruction will be provided through selected readings, the study of the history of filmmaking, utilization of various technologies, lab work, and time in the field producing independent video and audio projects. Students will have the opportunity to screen their work in competitions and film festivals. The class will culminate with Penn High School’s Film Festival which has been held in May (tba), in the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Center for Performing Arts.
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Mass Communication in the World of Science (Independent Study)
Science Independent Study is a two semester class that will focus on mass-communication in science. Many times, science is communicated to the general public by journalists who don’t understand the concepts well, or by scientists who struggle to communicate effectively to a broader audience. Either case can lead to misconceptions created in the minds of mass-media consumers. This class will study various media by which science is communicated to the general public and evaluate those messages and the manner in which they are conveyed for quality and effectiveness. The class will be working with professionals such as Dr. Beth Archie, a biologist at the University of Notre Dame who will be conducting research on baboons in Kenya, and Peter Annin, former science writer for Time Magazine and current executive director of the Environmental Change Initiative. For the final project, the students will produce and screen documentary films that communicate the results and implications of Dr. Archie’s research to the general public. The goal of the class is to improve students’ literacy in science & mass- communication.