Looking for a good B-Roll lesson for your staffers? Check out Peter McKinnon’s B-Roll Challenge

I had a class last spring where one of my editors showed this video to my video staff, then she sent them out on their own B-Roll challenge. The group came back with some interesting takes.

It’s a great lesson to do with your staff and could be done with a video camera, DSLR that takes video or any mobile device that can capture video.

While the McKinnon might get a little too technical in a few parts for beginners, the overall idea is a great one. Throughout the video he gives some good ideas to get B-Roll in everyday places and offers some nice filming tips as well.

With a little translation from an editor or the adviser, students could be off working on their own B-Roll challenge within 15 minutes.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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