CA335 Television Practicum

for SP 2008

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CA 325 radio practicum


SP 2008 HOZ


Youngblood, Steven


Asst. Prof., Communication Arts



Office Location

205 Copley

Office Hours

M-F-8:30-11; T-Th 1:00-2:00; Other times by appointment

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Semester Dates

fall 07

Class Days



radio production

Credit Hours






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Course Description:



Radio Practicum is the most advanced radio 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 radio laboratory course. You will work as a professional staff member of KGSP-FM. 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 should be hands-on process, and that teaching should be done using a variety of tools and approaches.

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:




Your grade will be based on your professionalism as a KGSP staff member, and on the quality of your produced pieces. Especially important are attendance and punctuality at your shifts. See details of grading plan in last section.


1. (25%) Air checks—3-4 times during semester. You’ll go over air checks at scheduled meetings. Failure to attend all of these meetings, with your aircheck, will result in a lower grade. LATE AIRCHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. YOU MUST BE IN CLASS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR YOUR AIRCHECK!!

2. (10%) Shadow a pro. Spend a day with the professional of your choice, and write a brief report on the experience. How can we use what you learned to improve KGSP?

3. (10%) Bumpers, promos, other production pieces. (1-2 during semester)

4. (35%) Professionalism. Examples:

A. Showing up, on time, for your required air shifts or newscast. Failure to do so results in:

--1 shift missed = verbal warning, grade dropped 1/2 letter (B to B-, for example)

--2 missed= written warning, one letter grade dropped

--3 missed= written warning, two week suspension from station staff, two letter grades dropped

--4 missed= dismissal from staff, fail class

     A missed shift is defined as one in which you are not present when scheduled WITHOUT having a suitable substitute present. It’s up to YOU to arrange to have someone cover your shift if you can’t make it. But get someone reliable, because if your sub doesn’t show, it counts against YOU as a missed shift.

     Professionals make their shifts every day. No more, or less, is expected of you.

B. Professional conduct on the air, with respect to KGSP and FCC policies.

C. Professional working relationship with station staff, engineer, and general manager.

D. Espirit de corps: Generally helping out when needed.

E. Producing bumpers, promos, etc. to help your show sound professional.

5. (20%) Final project. You will produce a portfolio of your work as a final project.

Late Submission of Course Materials:


I will not accept late work. This applies to all daily work, papers, lab work, final projects, and so on. The only exception to this is if there is some extenuating circumstance, and you contact me IN ADVANCE to get an extension. If you have a problem that precludes you from turning a work in on time, call or e-mail me IN ADVANCE of the due date, let me know what’s going on, and we can make arrangements.

NOTE: From time to time, professionals will visit class to critique your air checks. RECORD AN AIR CHECK FOR EACH SHIFT (OR NEWSCAST), and have those ready to present in class.



One in September, two in October, one in November, and one the last week of class in early December. Dates will be announced.

--NO late airchecks will be accepted. Airchecks are designed to get feedback from the professor and class, and this is impossible with a late aircheck.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Respect one another, and be open to new ideas.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Your two weekly shifts will be mutually agreed upon, and may be during the day, evening, or weekend. Attendance and punctuality at your shifts is mandatory.

Class meetings are TBA. A produced piece, paper/report, or both, along with an aircheck, will be due at each meeting.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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