of-the-art broadcast news facility, which includes the latest version of Grass Valley Ignite(control room automation) with robotic studio cameras, Pathﬁre digital video deliverysystem, and the Avid iNews news management system which interfaces with Ignite andthe Deko character generator. You have already worked with the Avid Newscutter in your reporting class, butyou will come to appreciate it even more in your producing role. During part of the semester, some students willhave the opportunity to have alternative producing experiences outside the newsroom. These assignments willbe arranged in the ﬁrst weeks of the semester.
Many students don’t plan on becoming a producer, but ﬁnd they enjoy it and can ﬁnd gainful and fulﬁllingemployment as a producer. However, even those who go on to be reporters, anchors, or managers will beneﬁtfrom this course. You will attain skills in newsroom leadership, team-building, editorial decision-making, andaudience analysis. The overall goal is that you will be “capable of competing with the best students in theﬁeld” (see
Aims of a BYU Education).
Course Learning Outcomes
1. By the end of the course, you will be capable of producing a 30-minute television newscast (or othertypes of broadcasts).
Relates to Program Learning Outcome that “Students will be able to communicate effectively withtheir audience.”2. By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and team-building skills.
Relates to Program Learning Outcome that “Students will act professionally in their practice.”3.By the end of the course, you will be able to critically analyze newscasts and their audiences.
Relates to Program Learning Outcome that “Students will be scholars of the mass communicationprocess.”4.During the course, you will engage in issues related to diversity in the news and ethical decision-making.
Relates to Program Learning Outcome that “Students will be able to apply Gospel-centered valuesas they contribute to society.”
Student Learning Goals
You are encouraged to set personal goals for this course and refer to them often throughout the semester.•••
You will participate twice a week to your assigned lab position. While you are assigned to the newsroom, youwill have weekly contact with the course instructor (Dr. Cressman) and will be under the daily supervision of thenews director (Bro. Curtis) and his assistants. If you are assigned to a KBYU project, you will be supervisedand mentored by a BYU Broadcasting professional. Throughout the semester you will begiven reading assignments and brief video lectures. Learning assessments will come in theform of newsroom or studio evaluations, quizzes, and written assignments as describedbelow. The deadlines for these assessments are listed in the class schedule. Assignments,readings, and and discussions will be placed on Blackboard, which, of course, requires thatyou maintain a Route Y account. The instructor will also use the email address associatedwith your Route Y account to communicate with you. Please ensure that you have updated your Route Yproﬁle.
If you have recently married and changed your name, please use the name by which you are listed on the class roll
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