In Week 2 we looked closely at how news programs are assembled, including the workflow and job descriptions that would typically be found in a TV news operation.
Here is a rather lengthy summary of the material covered. Please also see the TV vocabulary and jargon list in the Pages section of this blog.
JMSC Notes for 0051, 6092 Week 2
Reminder: please watch video news as often as possible and come to class prepared to discuss what you’ve seen.
Thank you to all who attended Week 1 before the holiday break.
In class, we reviewed the syllabus and the course’s goals. We talked about the history and development of the news industry and watched some relevant video material. Here is a summary of that material, with links to the videos we watched:
JMSC Notes for 0051, 6092 Week 1
Feedback on your un-graded writing exercise has been sent to you by email.
Here are the required readings we talked about:
“State of the News Media 2004, 2005” Content Analysis American Cable TV News:
“Fade to Black”: An opinion piece from the Columbia Journalism Review on the changing use of video in video news. http://www.cjr.org/feature/fade_to_black.php
Writing Broadcast News: Shorter, Sharper, Stronger” by Mervin Block, Bonus Books, 1997 (JMSC)
I look forward to meeting everyone enrolled in JMSC 0051 for the spring semester!
The first class is from 14:00-16:55 Monday, 16 January 2012 in the JMSC Digital Media Lab, G01B Eliot Hall.
See you then!
This blog will serve as the primary means of recording and organizing the course content. Students are encouraged to check this site at least once a week.
This TV News Writing course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of video news writing and production as practiced at an international level. This is a practical course which includes frequent writing assignments to be done during class time and as homework.
Writing is at the core of all news and documentary production and this course provides intensive practical training in the unique writing techniques of video news and storytelling. Material covered in JMSC 0051 will compliment and expand on principles taught in JMSC 0052 Television News Production.