CA335 Television Practicum

for SP 2007

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CA 335 Television Practicum


SP 2007 HOZ


Flink, Jim


Adjunct Faculty


B.A., Westminster College, Political Science
M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, Journalism

Office Location

Copley Hall

Office Hours

Monday, 9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. or by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 760-9373

Other Phone

(816) 590-9952


Class Days

Each Wednesday morning for an hour to produce the Northland News.  You will produce packages/vo's/scripts on your own.

Class Time

Wednesday morning


CA 231

Credit Hours



None required.      

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Course Description:
TV Practicum is the most advanced TV class offered at Park.  This class will help you perfect and refine your television production skills, and help to prepare you for a professional career in broadcasting.
This is a hands-on laboratory course.  You will work as a professional staff member of the Nortbland News,  
 a cable TV show produced, reported, written, and anchored by Park students. Emphasis is placed on writing and reporting skills. Students will also produce original programming to air over Cable Channel 2. As a final project, You will produce a professional portfolio of your work that can be used as you search for professional employment.

Educational Philosophy:

I believe learning is a hands-on process, enhanced by repetition and fine tuning of fundamental broadcasting skills.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Master the technology of radio. You will demonstrate this mastery by producing technically-clean, technologically complex, creative, and original professional-level radio programming.
  2. Evaluate and critically analyze your own work, and work done by others, and assess the progress you've made toward achieving professionalism as a broadcaster.
  3. Write, edit, and voice professional-quality stories, newscasts, sportscasts, PSA's, promotional announcements, etc. that are accurate, timely, balanced, and reflect the principles of good broadcast journalism and professional radio production.
  4. Develop and analyze your own professional “voice” as you produce professional radio programming.
  5. Develop, plan, and produce creative, original, interesting radio production pieces and programs.

Core Assessment:

Every course at Park University requires a core assessment. This is one major project or test, given during the last part of the class, that measures 75% of the course's learning objectives.


For this course, the core assessment is the final project. It will be graded according to a rubric that will be provided later in the semester. It measures learning objectives 1, 3, 4, 5 on pages 1-2.

Class Assessment:

You will be graded on the professionalism of your produced pieces, and on your professionalism as a staff member of the Northland News.  This includes attendance at our weekly broadcasts.  See the grading plan at the end of the syllabus for details.


1.  (60%)  Individual grade for each Northland News.  Grades will be distributed after each newscast program, and will be based on the professionalism of your packages.  A sheet of criteria will be distributed to each student.
2.  (20%)  Attendance at weekly taping sessions.  Newscasts will be aired live weekly, and your help is needed with this production.  This includes producing copy for our newscast.
3.  (20%)  Final Project.  You will produce a portfolio of you rowk as a final project.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Good journalism is all about meeting deadlines.  Late work will not be accepted. 
Failure to meet deadlines will drop your grade.  A consistant inability to meet deadlines will result in a failing grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attendance is mandatory, except when excused IN ADVANCE.
Professionalism is required.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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