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TV News Reporting (COM305)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description In this unit students will get practical experience in television news reporting which will prepare them for work in a newsroom. They will apply the techniques and processes of story selection, research, writing, interviewing, recording and packaging in TV news. Students will work individually and in teams to produce television news reports suitable for a number of platforms. In addition to hands-on training in television news, students will develop a critical and theoretically-informed appreciation of television news practices and conventions.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Distinguish the role of television news reporting in the media landscape.
2. Distinguish the various aspects of television news reporting.
3. Research, carry out interviews and write news stories that will work in television news reporting.
4. Produce suitable television news reporting for broadcast.
5. Select and present appropriate stories and other editorial material for a particular audience.
6. Carry out editing functions of a television news reporting journalist, including proposing stories, writing script, choosing visuals, presenting material.
7. Discern legal or ethical problems that arise in television news reporting.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per week for eleven weeks.
Assessment 1. Analyse and report on the bulletin structures of two TV news services in an 800 word report. 20%
2. Write three proposals for television news reporting exercises. 15%.
Produce three television news stories. 65%
Prerequisites COM109 / IDD129 Digital Media Skills (or IDD129/ MCC129 Introduction to Digital Media or MCC124 Photography and Digital Imaging or PHO124 Photography I); AND COM104 Digital Newsgathering and Reporting (or JOU104 Introduction to Journalism or MCC104 Introduction to Journalism)
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Journalism (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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