2016 - Spring
The Digital Newsroom
Course Number: JOUR-GA 1182.006
Day & Time: Thursday, 1:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Room 761 - TV Studio
The weekly schedule will be divided in two sections: 1-6pm and 6-9pm. Students will be assigned to one section each week.
Digital Newsroom is a new course offering that will combine TV Newscast and iBeat Reporting to allow graduate students to develop a comprehensive set of skills that will prepare them for a career in video journalism. It is a holistic that will expand the scope of the newscast and meet the needs of a wide range of students. It will also introduce the idea of entrepreneurial journalism for those students with a video emphasis.
The merged classes will function as cross training in a real newsroom environment as opposed to learning each function in isolation. We believe that this approach will allow students to better experience the energy, collaborative nature and deadline pressure of a daily news operation. By bringing these two classes together students will be able to develop their reporting and writing skills, achieve fluency with a wide range of newsroom production tools and gain basic understanding of how to produce a newscast and, through a rotation, focus more heavily on field reporting, advanced editing and camera techniques, and live reporting. The class will also encourage media crossover and experimentation. For instance, students will be able to use iPhones and other mobile devices in newsgathering and editing.
Over the semester students will rotate among each typical newsroom position. These positions include reporter, writer, executive producer, director, anchor, camera and so on. Students will be given the opportunity to spend more time focusing on a position that interests them most, yet they will be exposed to all the positions.