CA335 Television Practicum

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CA 335 Television Practicum


FA 2010 HOZ


Moritz, Lara


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. English Writing Knox College 1990
M.S. Journalism University of Kansas 1992

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Course Description:
CA335 Television Practicum: Students work as staff members of Northland 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. Prerequisite: CA231. 1:9:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe communication between co-workers and listeners is of utmost importance.  We'll be working to communicate effectively and efficiently so there's no confusion about stories we're covering.  Communication inside a newsroom and out in the field is mandatory for success.

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 this syllabus for more 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 and active participation at weekly taping sessions. Newscasts will be aired weekly, and your help is needed during this production. This includes producing copy for our newscast.

3. (20%) Final project. You will produce a portfolio/audition CVD of your work as a final project.

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.

Portfolio—All students in Communication Arts will keep a portfolio of their work. This portfolio will consist of materials saved from each course.  In TV Practicum, please save your final project.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I will not accept late assignments.  Only in an absolute emergency will I consider it.  Assignments should be looked at as DEADLINES!  It's important to think about making that 5pm newscast at 5pm not 5:10pm or later.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Absolutely no texting.  I don't want to see or hear a cell phone.  If one is used in any capacity during class I will count it as an absence.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
To be determined. 1st newscast will be 9-10-10, so the first materials will be due at that time.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 "F".
  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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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