Penn High School offers a lot of electives to it’s students. For students that are interested in going into journalism, one class offered is Radio and TV. Radio and TV has been taught by Kevin McNulty for the past 17 years.

Also commonly known as Penn News Network, or PNN for short, this class allows students to report on the events happening around the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation or even around the world.

If  a student decides to take this course, they will learn many skills within the field of broadcasting. Students will learn how to create interview questions and conduct interviews. They will learn how to write web stories and announcements. Students will also learn how to edit footage and create a video using Adobe Premiere Pro.

One of the main focus of the class is to produce a news show. Within this, students will learn how to write a show script, check audio levels, arrange cameras and operate them, change lighting, use a teleprompter, and record a show.

Reporters will also focus on creating packages, web stories, and announcements. Reporter Kenny Durrell describes a package as “putting together audio, video, and a story to create a full effect to know the most amount of information you can about a certain topic.” A webstory is a story viewers can read on the PNN website that includes photos for more effect. An announcement is a short message giving readers a little information about a club or meeting.

Here are a few examples of shows that include packages and announcements:

By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to