IN101 An Introduction to iNEWS


Suggested length: 8 hours


An Introduction to iNEWS (IN101) is a customized, hands-on training course for students who work in a broadcast environment and need to learn the fundamentals of the iNEWS application. Students learn the basic skills they need to log-in, navigate, and browse the system for assignments, news wires, e-mail, and messaging specific to iNEWS. Students also learn to create, compose and edit stories, and how to embed machine control commands within them. Producers and directors learn specific skills for constructing shows and rundowns.

An Introduction to iNEWS (IN101) prepares candidates for the Avid Certified User for iNEWS certification exam.


This course is split into three sections:

  • Basics: All system users and personnel, including photographers, journalists and video editors who need only basic access
  • Scripting: Reporters, anchors, producers, sports and weather personnel who need to create stories for air
  • Producing: Producers and directors who need to manipulate and approve content for air


There are no prerequisites to this course.


At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use basic functionality of iNEWS to manage stories, search wires, as well as look at daily assignment sheets and show rundowns
  • Use scripting functionality to set up the workspace, use script templates and write scripts both manually and with macros, understand and enter production queues and machine control instructions
  • Use production functionality to manipulate show rundowns, control the approval process, show timing, understand the link between scripts and broadcast devices, load the show for playout and make on-air changes
  • Be ready to sit the associated certification exam

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