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Television News and Program Production
TV NEWS PROG P
CLASS CODE: COMM 365 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNICATION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Instruction and practical experience in effective production of television newscasts and other types of programs. Prepares students to serve as producers for the university's cable television programming.
DESCRIPTION: Instruction and practical experience in effective production of television newscasts and other types of programs. Prepares students to serve as producers for the university's cable television programming.
TOPICS: Anchors. Technical Director (Switcher). Character Generator Operator. In-studio Camera Operators. Teleprompter Operator. Audio Operator. Floor Director. Videotape Playback Operator. Video Tape Editing Assignment.
OBJECTIVES: This class is designed to help the student become familiar with the tools, techniques, and usage skills for basic TV production. The instructor assumes that the student has no (or little) prior experience in the use of the equipment or in performing in professional TV settings.
REQUIREMENTS: Learn to use the basic tools of television production through theory and practice. This includes the camcorder, videotape editor, character generator, switcher, audio board, teleprompter, overhead camera, and studio cameras.
Enhance your skills by working as small production teams, filling assignments of shooting and editing videotape into usable packages such as news stories and commercials.
Further develop skills by working on the Devotional video crew and in a simulated newscast environment in the technical area or by actually performing in anchor positions.
Various responsibilities will be assigned. Be prepared to respond to assignments different from your classmates. For instance, you may be assigned to produce a news story while your classmates may be assigned to run a studio camera during the in-class activity.
Grading: Lab Assignments (7x100) equal 700 points, Tests (3x100) equal 300 points. A total of 1,000 points. This course is graded on a straight percentage scale. Late assignments dropped one-letter grade.
PREREQUISITES: COMM 360 or consent of Instructor.
OTHER: Materials needed for this class: One Mini DV video cassette approximately $10 each (to be found on campus in the Audio/Video Duplicating in David O. McKay Library, MCK 325; One VHS video cassette for Final Project Tape as short as 15 minutes (also found in Audio/Video Duplicating as well). This length of tape is more than adequate for the project's needs.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002