This 3-credit course will provide a real-life setting for day-of-air reporting for TV news as a multimedia journalist. The goal is to give students the skills and confidence needed to work in a local newsroom for broadcast and Internet. This is an intense, hands-on course in which students pitch realistic news stories, book interviews, shoot events and interviews, write, track and edit their stories on deadline. Students will first work in teams of two, with one being the photographer and the other – the reporter. By the end of the semester students will learn how to be a “one man band” by shooting and reporting on a story, solo. Lectures, class discussions, and in-class critiques will build on the editorial and technical skills learned in previous courses. Students will learn more efficient time management techniques at locations and in the editing suite. They will also learn a variety of interview techniques that will elicit stronger sound bites. They will become more adept at instant decision making in a breaking news setting as well as shooting more informative/relevant “B” roll and using it in storytelling.
(Video: Student work by Nico Grant)