Through theory and practice students study the business of broadcast news and sports including both the behind-the-scenes technical aspects and the development of broadcast delivery skills. In this era of job consolidation the ability to function as reporter, videographer and editor is essential to success. Students will learn the building blocks of identifying a good story, writing, scripting and delivering as both field reporters as well as developing their abilities to anchor news, sports or weather.
Included in the program is extensive development of the voice, vocal delivery and on-camera delivery and presentation. Emphasis is placed on developing students to become professional on-camera broadcasters and to a lesser extent, radio broadcasters learning techniques from real world professionals.
A thorough understanding will be gained in the areas of camera operation, videography, digital video editing techniques and practices. Analog video editing is also covered since it continues to be used in many television news operations.
Students gather, write and deliver news, sports and weather for both television and radio functioning as street reporters and news anchors. Performance is constantly monitored and assessed by broadcast professionals. Students spend 75% of each class working in the studios or field covering real stories, often shoulder-to-shoulder with local reporters. Twenty five percent of each class is devoted to lecture and personal critiques. Classes simulate a "real world" working environment and independence is stressed.
At the conclusion of this course students will produce a final tape or “demo reel” with which to demonstrate skills to prospective employers. The course concludes with an externship appropriate to student interest and ability.