CA335 Television Practicum

for FA 2004

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Park University

Fall, 2004-August-December, 2004


Instructor: Steven Youngblood 

741-2000 ext. 6321

Copley 205

Office Hours:

M-F-9-123:15; T-Th-9-10; Other times by appointment


Class meets: We will meet each Wednesday for about an hour to produce the Northland News. You will produce packages/VO’s/scripts on your own.

Prerequisite: CA231

3 Credit hours



The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.


Students will learn to think critically when they make decisions about the topic, content, and organization of TV pieces, and also when they analyze the work of other professional journalists. This course centers on effective communication. Students are encouraged to expand their horizons, and to report on stories that address global topics and issues.


Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.



TV Practicum is the most advanced TV class offered at Park. This class will help you perfect and refine your radio 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 Northland News. As a final project, you will produce a professional portfolio of your work that can be used as you search for professional employment.



I believe learning should be hands-on process, and that teaching should be done using a variety of tools and approaches.



  1. You will operate as a professional broadcast journalist. This means producing professional-quality packages and copy. This means your stories will be well-shot, with good audio, catchy and appropriate scripts, and professionally edited.






ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”


PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.



I will not accept late work!. This applies to all packages, VO’s, scripts, and so on. The deadline for all packages and VO’s is 8 AM on Wednesdays, and the deadline for all copy is 11 AM Wednesdays. Obviously, we can not air late materials. If it’s not in, it’s a zero. Contact me IN ADVANCE if you’re having a problem, and we may be able to make arrangements for an alternate assignment for a later newscast.


DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:



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 this syllabus for more details.



We will meet weekly, and produce a live newscast. Your packages/VO’s will be done at your leisure.



1. (70%) 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 during this production. This includes producing copy for our newscast.

3. (10%) Final project. You will produce a portfolio of your work as a final project.