COM 116 - Broadcast Journalism
This course will explore the theory and practice of creating video content for broadcast mediums. Primary emphasis is on the foundational skill of writing for broadcast presentation. Includes copy for news stories, commercials, and public service spots. Topics include writing video stories to specific time requirements, developing video stores, and shooting, writing and editing TV news stories. Understanding will be stressed upon newscast content, time budgets, creativity, learning the value of each news story, placement, story stacking, on-camera interview skills, the art of productive questioning, story editing, and writing to work with a story’s video.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Understand the creative and technical aspects involved in developing stories and commercials for television broadcast.
2. Be proficient in writing broadcast voice-over’s (VO’s), voice-over/sound-on-tape’s (VO/SOT’s), and news packages.
3. Understand the reasons behind, and gain the ability to write their content to specific time lengths.
4. Qualitatively improve their writing, editing, and story-telling skills over the course of the semester.
5. Deliver oral presentations of broadcast stories and commercial spots.
6. Speak and present information for the greater public as it relates to broadcast production.
7. Understand resource budgeting and time management as it relates to broadcast production.
8. Understand the skill sets necessary to succeed in other news/broadcast-related production courses (COM-260: Television Production Practicum or COM-265: Advanced Television Production Practicum).
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