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Comms 325 syllabus

Comms 325 syllabus

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Syllabus for Comms 325, Broadcast News Reporting at Brigham Young University
Syllabus for Comms 325, Broadcast News Reporting at Brigham Young University

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Spring 2010
M-W-Th-F, 3:00-3:50 p.m., Room 382 BRMBPlus twice-weekly lab, as assigned
: Dr. Dale CressmanOffice: 360 BRMBConsultations: by appointment (see secretary)email:cressman@byu.edu
Professional newsroom lab staff:
Chad Curtis, News DirectorDale Green, Production Manager
Class description:
Welcome to Comms 325, where you will learn the basics of television news reporting. Inorder to relay accurate, objective, and unbiased information to a mass audience, youwill learn the principles of news writing, video editing, voice narration, and on-camerapresentation. Your work will be aired on KBYU-TV, Channel 11.
Learning objectivies:
The faculty of the Department of Communications has identified three primary learningobjectives with the overall goal that students become professional communicatorswhose messages contribute to a bitter society by benefiting the organizations for whichthey work and the audiences they reach. This course has been designed to addressone of those objectives, specifically that of being a proficient communicator with thefollowing contributing outcomes:Become proficient in the grammar of visual storytellingImprove broadcast news writing skillsBecome proficient in the use of non-linear editing software to combine broadcastnarration with compelling video and audio.Improve field production and video newsgathering techniquesLearn to conduct interviews for television newsLearn on-camera field reporting skills—specifically the production of effectivestand-upsContribute content for the Daily News broadcast and other programs supportedby the Department of Communications.Be able to report on deadline.
Lab experience:
You will have the opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art newsroom with industry-standard equipment. Best of all, you
ll be doing it under the direction of award-winningprofessional staff members. Typically, you will be expected to produce two stories per
week over the course of spring term. (Please note that spring term is a very short andintensive period.) You
ll also be graded on how well you complete assignments given bythe professional staff.
: Tuggle, C.A., Carr, F., and Huffman, S (2011).
Broadcast News Handbook,Fourth Edition 
(McGraw Hill). This book is available in the BYU Bookstore and at fineonline booksellers everywhere.
Other required reading
: You will have regular, unannounced quizzes on current eventscovered in the New York Times. Free copies of the
are available in the BrimhallBuilding.
Other materials you will need to purchase for this class
(of which you will learnmore in the lab orientation):At least two Mini-DV field tapesAn external hard drive with at least a 500 GB storage capacityHeadphonesMicrophone
Learning activities:
Newsroom orientation
: In the first few weeks you will need to learn the iNewscomputer system and become comfortable with the Newscutter editing systemand cameras. We will be having orientation sessions to help you along.2.
Lab days
: You twice-weekly lab days will include beat coverage and/or generalassignments for the Daily News newscast, which airs weekdays at noon onKBYU-TV Channel 11, as well as radio newscasts on KBYU-FM. You will beexpected to provide a story idea the day before your assigned lab day, where youwill either be given approval to work on your story idea, or you
ll be assigned adifferent one. Please make other arrangements with Chad Curtis if you areunable to attend the 12:45 p.m. story meeting. If one of your lab days is aMonday you should attend the Friday story meeting. Your stories should air onthe days of your assigned labs, unless you arrange or are directed to dootherwise. Each story will be critiqued and evaluated based on a rubric which willbe given to you.3.
Classroom activities
: We will meet in the classroom on Mondays andWednesdays (3:00-3:50 p.m.). Dr. Cressman will provide instruction and leaddiscussions. We will also invite a limited number of guest speakers to class.4.
: We will meet in the newsroom on Thursdays and Fridays (3:00-3:50)where the professional staff will hold clinics to help you improve your work.5.
Learning reflection and individual consultations
: As faculty and staff, we willdo as much as we can to help you; we are fully invested in your success.However, in the final analysis, you are responsible for your learning. You will beasked periodically to reflect on what you are learning, how you are learning it,and what would better help you learn. We may also occasionally have individualconsultations, in lieu of meeting as a class.
Learning portfolio
: Part of the learning and reflection process includes savingall your work, gathering it into a portfolio, and analyzing your own progress. Youwill need to save all your scripts and finished stories, as well as contacts youmade in the course of your reporting. The finished portfolio and reflection willcount as a major assignment in the course-grading scheme.
:The following is a good-faith estimate of how your final grade will be calculated.Assignments may be changed to improve learning, but will only be done so inconsultation with the class. Subsequent changes will be made in writing and posted onBlackboard.
:TV stories: 50%Radio stories: 10%Class participation (including quizzes & tests) 30%Final portfolio 10%
Letter grade equivalents:
below 50
Deadlines & Professionalism
As a department, we strive to create a learning environment that closely mirrors theprofessional surroundings in which you will soon find yourself. thus, we expect you tocarry yourself as though you were already a professional. This means you should dressand act professionally and appropriately while in the lab and on assignment.s We willgive you further directions in class concerning proper attire. Please read thedepartments “Statement on Professionalism,” included with this syllabus. Additionally,the department faculty has identified meeting deadlines as a significant learningoutcome for this class. This learning outcome reflects the fact that communicationsindustries are deadline driven and that meeting deadlines is an essential component ofthis program. The content of this class is intended to help you prepare for the demandsof the working world. Therefore, the ability to meet deadlines is essential and will not bewaived, modified or accommodated, except in rare cases to be determined by theprofessor. In deciding whether extra time will be given for an assignment in this class,the professor will apply a professional standards, such as whether an extension wouldbe reasonable in a professional setting.
Adding this class
This class has a capped enrollment, which means it may not be possible to add theclass.

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