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Office Hours: TWTh 9:30-10-30 am, Tues. 3:30 – 5:00 pm; Wed. 1-3 pm COURSE INFORMATION Text: Television Field Production and Reporting, 5th edition, F. Shook et al.
Course Description: Radio-TV News Practices: A study of broadcast news practices. The basic rules of broadcast news writing will be reviewed and stories will be will be written and delivered based on television styles. Studio and newsroom procedures will be examined.
Student Learning Outcomes--Through readings, instruction, practice, and projects:
• The focus of the course is toward establishing for the student an understanding of
producing and reporting for TV news.
• Students will learn or improve upon skills in writing, shooting, editing, and reporting
news stories for television.
• This class continues introductory classes’ training to build skills through hands-on
work. Each student is responsible for knowing how to use the equipment based on
skills from prior production classes. You are responsible for having or gaining the
required prerequisite skills in writing, shooting, and production.
• Students will gain understanding of the deadline issues involved in the news business.
• Students will gain skills in the production of a live TV newscast.
• Students will learn components of electronic delivery of news beyond TV reporting—
including radio news and Internet news creation and distribution.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS Grading policies, Projects:
THE GRADED NEWS PROJECTS FOR RTV 440 ARE:
• 3 required stories: one as a VO, one as VSV and one as a package
• Each of these stories must be done as assigned in order to receive credit (more below)
to meet all requirements receives no credit, and there is no opportunity for revision.
Projects require submission of scripts, shooting and editing, and meeting deadlines. Missing any part of a project will affect the acceptance status and grade. Scripts must be submitted complete, typed, and in the assigned format to be counted as being submitted. You must work alone when shooting or editing, except when specifically approved in writing by the instructor or as specified by a particular project. You are also graded based on editing training and skills. Further project guidelines and expectations are at the end of the syllabus.Project Requirements: The three required production projects must be completed and accepted for the student to receive a passing grade in the course, regardless of points accumulated. Specific criteria for each project will be made available in class and/or via the course web site. A project not turned in on time will be late regardless of the reason—please do not ask me for ways to resolve your deadline problems; it is your responsibility to meet the deadline regardless of technical or other problems. Grading criteria of projects will be made available on the course web site. Ask in class if you are ever in doubt. REMEMBER—no late work! See the week-by week assignment guide for due dates. For the VO, VO-SOT and required PKG -- if you miss any part of the deadline (script, tape log, raw footage or final project), you lose 20% of the points from the project grade. You are expected to have shooting, editing & writing skills before starting this class. It is up to YOU to find ways to resolve deficiencies related to news story work. For each required story, you must do it correctly (as assigned) or it will be rejected. Once you have a story rejected, you have two weeks to find, cover and submit another, based on a new story topic. Each time it is submitted without meeting all requirements it will be rejected. Each repeat reduces the project grade (10 pts. each VO or VSV; 20 pts. each PKG). In order to pass the class, re-submission required until it meets requirements and is accepted. Even if still working on re-submits, you move on to VSV and required PKG as indicated on course outline. There are no repeats for B or A packages – if the first fails to meet all requirements, your best course grade possible would then be a ‘B’—if the second A/B package submission is accepted. Earning enough points and having both accepted gives you an ‘A.’ You may not start work on ‘B’ or ‘A’ project work until you have all three required stories accepted. ‘B’ and ‘A’ projects have no point value if your course average is below 80 or if you do not have all three required project stories accepted.
Exams, Daily Work, Quizzes: Exams: There will be a mid-term exam, primarily based on short-answer, T-F, and/or multiple choice questions, plus a similar-style comprehensive and production project final. Test questions will be based on textbook content and class content. No make-up exams will be given except in a dire emergency and then only if the instructor is contacted in advance. Documentation verifying the cause of the absence would be required; make-up format would be essay and listing. Any in-class or assigned writing exercises will be averaged as a Chapter Exam grade and may not be made up if missed. Chapter Exams will include questions from chapters, class content and from current events.
Grade evaluation: Mid-term exam.............................................................. 100
Practical & Production—writing, producing, crew work 100
Final Exam (production and written)............................ 200
GRADE REQUIREMENTS: (points required plus projects as noted for B or A)
"A"—720+ “B”—640-719 “C”—560-639 “D”—480-559
Missing a deadline related to a ‘B’ or ‘A’ project story means the story will no longer be accepted.
Grades & general grade averages will be on Engrade.com – be sure you get access code. Students are responsible for checking their own grades – grades will not be brought to class. Note: Grade as posted on Engrade is always an unofficial estimate. Each student will be given information on how to check grades on Engrade and is responsible for checking their own grades. ALSO NOTE: Practicum is required to be enrolled in this class. If you are not enrolled in and receive a grade for an RTV Practicum course at the end of the semester, your course grade for RTV 440 will be an ‘F.’
COMMUNICATION AND SUPPORT
Faculty / Student Commitment:
• To accomplish the course objectives, the instructor will be in class on time, and
prepared to guide each student’s learning. Students should also be in class on time,
committed to benefiting from the class time by being prepared, arriving on time, and
staying involved the full class time.
• If at any time you are doing your part to do well in this course, but are having
difficulty, please arrange a time and speak with the instructor in his office. I cannot discuss your
just before class, during class time (including breaks), or immediately after class—nor
can I discuss or respond to any of these issues via phone or e-mail.
• The keys to success in this class: Commit to learning the material we cover, read the
required reading, take good notes in class and while reading, study the material as we
go through it, ask questions in class about things you do not understand, and do the
assigned work and turn it in on time.
• Each student must provide a ream of paper to supply the MMCT mini computer lab
COURSE AND UNIVERSITY PROCEDURES/POLICIES Attendance and participation: See www.time.gov for the correct time—the time that shows on your watch or cell phone may not be accurate. Students arriving late are marked absent. Class begins at the scheduled starting time. Arriving late or leaving at any time, even if you return, will result in being marked absent. There are no excused or unexcused absences. Points related to attendance are based on missing in-class work as noted above, plus deductions of 10 points each time from your point total starting with the 3rd late / absence. Excuse reports are not required for this class except as noted above. If you have an emergency reason to arrive late or leave early you should discuss this with the instructor in advance. Note: Very occasionally, an emergency break might be needed. If this occurs, feel free to leave without penalty, and simply remind me to mark it at the end of that class. If you do not remind me that day, it would remain marked as an absence. You should expect to have no more than one of these per semester. A major component of the Studio Production grade is the instructor's subjective assessment of each student's involvement and contribution during class times--affected by but not limited to such issues as mistakes made on crew positions during productions, violating stated course policies, any inappropriate talking during class—including production times, disrupting class, late arrivals, and not taking notes during lectures. Children or other guests are not allowed in classes.
IMPORTANT:Students who missmore than six classes MAY fail automatically or bedropped from the course. UNIVERSITY ATTENDANCE POLICY13.99.99.R0.01 Class Attendance – “Students are responsible for learning about and complying with the attendance policy stated in the catalog, Student’s Guidebook, and/or faculty syllabus. Faculty members will provide details on requirements and guidelines for attendance in their classes in their course syllabi.” Students are responsible for reviewing remaining university attendance policy elements.
Academic Honesty: If you turn in work that is plagiarized, or take any action that violates TAMU-Commerce Academic Honesty policies, you will fail the course. All TAMU-Commerce students are responsible for knowing the standards of academic honesty. Please refer to the Student’s Guide Handbook for the University Academic Honesty Policy. Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s work as your own and/or failing to properly cite sources. Work submitted will be checked via an Internet search including www.turnitin.com for each submission. Using work you did not create or having someone else do any of your work violates Academic Honesty guidelines.
Classroom Policies: Students are expected to keep up with assigned reading and be prepared to answer questions in class--be sure you have done all required reading by the date noted on the course outline. IMPORTANT NOTE: Turn off cell phones before entering the classroom. You may not use any electronic device in the classroom without specific permission from the instructor through a signed form completed during office hours. Any electronic device (computer, PDA, cell phone, iPod, iPad, etc.) brought to class must be turned off and stored off your desktop during class. Students are expected to arrive to class on time and stay the entire class session.
Deadlines: Work not turned in on time will be late regardless of the reason—it is your responsibility to meet the deadline regardless of technical or other problems. Deadlines are always at the beginning of class in which anything is due for class, or as noted for news story pre-production and production. Work submitted incomplete will be marked as not submitted. Work not submitted on time is subject to being graded for credit only—no points—and class grade reduction.
Behavior: “Students are expected at all times to recognize constituted authority, to conform to the ordinary rules of good conduct, to be truthful, to respect the rights of others, to protect private and public property, and to make the best use of their time toward an education.” -- Texas A&M University System Student Rights and Obligations
“All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment.” (See Student’s Guide Handbook, Policies and Procedures, Conduct) -- Texas A&M University-Commerce Procedures,12.01.99.R0.05 Guidelines for Content and Distribution of Syllabi: Roles and Responsibilities of Faculty
Anyone who persists in disruptive behavior will be permanently removed from class. A few other words and restatements on classroom behavior:
No leaving during class, unless ill. Go to the bathroom and/or get a drink before class.
Take notes. You won’t accomplish much by just being here to warm the chair.
Turn off cell phones and similar devices when you come into class.
You may bring drinks or food into class, but use good manners while eating or drinking, and remove all trash when you leave. You MAY NOT have food or drinks in the editing rooms or during TV studio productions at any time.
Read assigned readings in advance. Be prepared to talk about them.
Changes to syllabus:I maintain the right to make changes as needed, in my judgment, from the stated plans contained in the syllabus for this class. Such changes will be announced to the class.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITIES: Students requesting accommodations for disabilities must go through the Academic Support Committee. For more information, please contact the director of Disability Resources and Services, Halladay Student Services Bldg., Room 303-D. Telephone, (903) 886-5835.
EARLY INTERVENTION FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: Early intervention for freshmen is designed to communicate the University’s interest in their success and a willingness to participate fully to help students accomplish their academic objectives. The university through faculty advisors and mentors will assist students who may be experiencing difficulty to focus on improvement and course completion. This process will allow students to be knowledgeable about their academic progress early in the semester and will provide faculty and staff with useful data for assisting students and enhancing retention. Grade reports will be mailed by the end of the sixth week of the semester.
TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE / CALENDAR – more detail at www.tonydemars.com
Detailed outline and readings at course web site: http://www.tonydemars.com
Week 1 1/14 – Read Introduction of text, and Chapter 9; course overview; Story #1 sign up.
Week 2 1/21 – Read Chap. 4; 'VO Story' 1 work. Meeting assignment for practice PKG.
Week 3 1/28 – Read Chap. 3; Chapter Exam 1; Story 1 due Friday. Beats & Producing.
Week 4 2/4 – Read Chap. 7, Start Story 2 (VSV). Reporting steps. Practice PKG by 2/25
Week 5 2/11 – Read Chaps. 6 and 8; Story 2 shooting. Begin NEWSCASTS on Thursdays.