Fall, 2005-August-December, 2005
Instructor: Steven Youngblood
741-2000 ext. 6321 firstname.lastname@example.org
M-F-9-10; 11-12; T-Th-10-11; 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.
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.
PROFESSOR’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
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 TV 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. Your pieces will be creative, well researched and written, culturally sensitive, accurate and fair. (#1-11)
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.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:
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: www.park.edu/disability
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.
AEJMC Professional Competencies. All Park Communication Arts classes address professional competencies for communications and broadcasting coursework specified by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. These competencies state that students should be able to:
1. understand and apply First Amendment principles and the law appropriate to professional practice;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of groups in a global society in relationship to communications;
4. understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
5. work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
6. think critically, creatively and independently;
7. conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
8. write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
9. critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
10. apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
11. apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.