EJA 4222 Performance and Presentation III EJA 4822 Performance and Presentation IV Syllabus Fall 2012

Donna Smith, Visiting Instructor ACT- 110 802-626-4846 Office Hours: Mondays 1:00 -4:00pm or by appointment Course Description This performance practicum is designed for visual and editorial students in the EJA Convergence Portfolio courses within the Vermont Center for Community Journalism. Students will work towards polishing and utilizing their interpersonal communication skills to make solid contacts in the field and work well as a professional news team with peers. In addition, students will learn the appropriate ways to prepare resume, demo-reel, and portfolio materials to utilize for job application upon successful completion of degree requirements. EJA students in ENG 4910 Portfolio/Thesis for the publication option can elect to take this course or substitute another course approved by the EJA faculty. Meeting Days and Times This class is scheduled to meet on Fridays from 8:00-9:20am in ACT212. However, the class will be meeting in smaller groups for studio work, on selected Fridays. (see attached schedule and group listing) As a result, you will not be required to attend every Friday class meeting. But, in addition to your scheduled group work and class meetings, you will be required to attend 3 night side anchor practices. These night anchor practices will be held on various night of the week and I will send out via email the date for that particular week. A total of 12 practices will be held. You don’t have to come for the full 2 hours, just come for 20-30 minutes at any time in that 2 hours to get some additional practice time in. I will be at these evening sessions for one on one work. Also, students will also be required to sign up for a one on one, 20minute session with the instructor. (see below)

Course Goals and Objectives The goal of the course is to continue to build on the skills introduced in TVS 4030 LSCTV News Performance. By the end of the semester students should be able to: - Easily and without reservation make (and keep) contacts in the field through face to face interaction, over the phone and email. Correct social and business etiquette is now standard. - Confidently be performing stand-ups and voice over, and constantly working to improve these skills - Perform a live shot with the required skill/confidence - Use comfortably and confidently the studio teleprompter. - Be considered in the anchoring rotation for News7 at 5:30 (through an audition process) - Be continually working on your on air “personality” - Have a broadcast acceptable wardrobe that would be substantial enough to have a new outfit to wear in a five day work week (as if you had a full time job) - Use broadcast acceptable makeup practices - Have a good professional working with relationship with photographers and other News7/NewsLINC staff members. - Create resume, demo reel, electronic portfolio for post graduate job applications Course Requirements and Evaluation ELEMENT Weekly Evaluations/Meetings Electronic Portfolio Class Participation Final E-Portfolio % OF GRADE 30% 30% 20% 20%

Bi-Weekly Evaluations/Meetings- 30% Each student is required to meet with the instructor once every two weeks for one on one review. It is expected that at each meeting the student will have a new piece of material for review in these meetings. This material can be a recording of a standup in the

field, anchoring, voice recording or written scripts. There should a mix of these throughout the semester. Students will be evaluated weekly as follows: - If you show up for the scheduled meeting with material for review you will receive a 100 for that week - If you show up for the scheduled meeting but bring no new material to review you will receive a 50 for that week - If you fail to show altogether for the meeting you will receive a 0 for that week. The meetings will be 20 minute in length. The weekly score is not so much based on the quality of the work, but rather the effort made to improve your skills. If you need to reschedule your weekly meeting last minute, (or with some advanced notice) this can be done but at the instructor’s discretion. This will be done on a very limited basis. I will not reschedule weekly meetings once the original meeting time is missed. Bottom line; if you think you’re going to miss the meeting let me know as soon as possible and I will work with you to reschedule. Electronic Portfolio - 30% In an effort to get students familiar with and in the habit of saving all of the material generated through out the semester, every student will be required to create and electronic portfolio. This portfolio will be created using the free website creator Weebly (www.weebly.com). Step by step instructions will be provided by the instructor on how to create your individual page. This portfolio will be critiqued 2 times during the semester to monitor and grade progress and 1 one time at the end of the semester as part of your final. (see blow for info on final) This critiques will happen on the following dates: Friday October 5th - Site should be created and appropriate based on discussions to be held in class. Friday November 16th - All relevant material generated by the student to date should be added to his or her site More details on electronic portfolios will follow.

Class Participation- 20% You are expected to take part in discussions, ask questions and be an active member of the class. On occasion we will critique one another’s work and the work of real professionals. I expect you to provide thoughtful, insightful input. Students will be evaluated weekly. Final E-portfolio- 20% Your final project will be the completion of your E-portfolio based on discussions had in class. IMPORTANT NOTES/INFO Laptop/Cell Phone Use: Laptop use will not be allowed in class unless special arrangements are made with me ahead of time. If you require one to take notes, please see me and we can discuss your situation. Cell phones must be turned off during class; texting and ringing phones will not be tolerated. If your phone rings during class, or you are seen texting, you will be asked to leave and receive and absence for the day. Attendance Policy: This class meets formally, just once a week so attendance is crucial. You are allowed 2 unexcused absences during the semester. Any absences beyond 2 will result in an automatic “F” for the class. Sickness will only be an excused absence if you have a doctor’s note. Being on time is just as important as being here at all. Being late equals one unexcused tardy. Have 3 or more unexcused tardiness days and that results in one unexcused absence for the semester. IN ADDITION- if you are currently in the News7 Anchor rotation and miss a Friday morning class for an unexcused reason, YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE ANCHOR ROTATION for at least one week or however long is deemed appropriate by the instructor. Email Use: You have been provided with an official Lyndon State College email address and this is the only email address I will use. I recommend

checking it regularly (if not daily) for course information. I will not consider using any alternative email address, so please don’t ask. APPEARANCE You are required to dress professionally during ALL your working shifts at the Vermont Center for Community Journalism. Details are contained in the VCCJ Dress Code document. Instruction, assistance and/or advice is available in these areas, please ask. Warning: You are prohibited from using VCCJ equipment and facilities for anything other than course assignments. You must adhere to rules for temporary parking outside LSC-TV/NewsLINC studios. Students will now be charged for lost or damaged equipment and supplies: • For items less that $100 students will pay for the item in full. • For items between $100 and $400 students will contribute 50% of the replacement costs. • For all items above $500 students will pay the insurance deductible. Non-compliance with course rules may result in immediate dismissal from the course with a failing grade. Your Public Persona Participation in a VCCJ practicum makes you a “public” person whether you are behind or in front of the camera. This is part of an electronic journalist's job. The public looks to you for responsible, reliable information to lead their lives, and the organization you represent (in this case the Electronic Journalism Arts Department and Lyndon State College) requires you set a positive example for that public. Future employers will check your background to determine your ability to drive safely and act responsibly. This review has forced some recent graduates initially hired to be public representatives of a company to only work at the station and not in the field (both photographers and reporters!) Some companies require pre-employment blood and urine screening. Once

hired poor choices by you as a “public” person will have consequences. For example, Time-Warner tells employees that if they commit an act that is an offense or crime under federal, state or local laws, or which could bring the employee under ridicule or public disrepute, or something that might reflect negatively on the company itself, then the company has the right to terminate the employee. Also, if the employee is involved with the sale, distribution, purchase, possession or use of an illegal drug, the company has the right to terminate the employee. For smaller lapses of judgment, there are different levels of discipline depending on what those lapses are, ranging from warning to suspension. To make the VCCJ practicum accurately reflect current practices within the profession, practicum students cited by authorities to appear before a judicial tribunal for lapses in judgment relating to illegal substances, motor vehicle operation or other community laws will now face sanctions in the newsroom. These will include the loss of on-air position, the ability to report from the field, and other potential steps until the offense in question has been adjudicated and/or settled. Student with Disabilities: Students with disabilities who request accommodations are asked to provide a certification letter as soon as possible. Students should contact the Academic Support office (Vail 325) to arrange for the appropriate letter to be sent. Note This syllabus is subject to change. The instructor of this course has the right to change any part if it, if the need arises. When changes occur they will be vocalized in class so you are aware of the change.

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