11:00-12:20 T R
This course serves as an introduction to broadcast news writing and production.
Specific areas covered include proper broadcast form, story construction, news selection, and the application of ethical standards in the broadcast medium. Students will write hard news, soft news, feature stories, psa’s, and promos. The completed stories are then discussed and evaluated by other students and the professor. Evaluations are based on style, form, content, and creativity. Basic videography and editing skills will also be introduced.
Course Requirements: Students are expected to be in attendance and on time for all class sessions.
After the fourth absence, the professor may drop the student from the course. Teamwork is absolutely essential in this class and in the field of broadcasting. Your peers are counting on you to be in class and to be an active member of the group. Get involved, do not expect others to do your work for you.
Course Activities: This class will consist of lectures, numerous writing assignments, presentations, quizzes, exams, and two production exercises. Students are expected to come to class having already read and completed the writing exercise for that day. Class discussion is an essential component of this course.
Class Assignments 40%
Final Exam 15%
Midterm Exam 15%
Newsbrief One 10%
Newsbrief Two 20%
After the fourth absence, the professor may drop the student from the course. Teamwork is absolutely essential in the broadcasting field.
Plagiarism comes from the Latin word plagiarius, which means kidnapper. Webster’s Dictionary defines plagiarize as to take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one’s own-plagiarizer.
Plagiarism includes deliberate as well as inadvertent failure to properly attribute: 1) material taken directly from a source (including work done by other students or Lisa Moore); 2) paraphrasing of a source; 3) use of the same or very similar organizations of source material; 4) any submission that contains the thoughts or work of others. Copying of a substantial portion of material without acknowledgment is plagiarism and a violation of copyright law. Plagiarism applies to print sources, electronic/digital sources, and materials obtained through the internet. Any type of shooting, editing, etc. that is not the work of you or your group members is plagiarism. Students in this course are expected to adhere to the MSU Student Honor Code.
VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT RECEIVING A FAILING GRADE FOR THIS COURSE. LAST SEMESTER, ONE STUDENT RECEIVED SUCH A GRADE.
Privacy: Federal Privacy Law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside the university. Thus, in almost all cases I will only discuss your grades and other academic matters with you. Do not have your parents call me! You’re college students and will be treated as such. Also, I will only correspond with you via email if your name is in the email address.
Disability Support: Please inform me if you are a student with a disability and need accommodation in this class. Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodation can be provided. MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodation (Disability Support Services, Clark Student Center, Room 168).
Final Caveat: The professor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus for any reason.
Sufficient notice will be given to students if changes to the syllabus are deemed necessary.