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					JOUR-UA 302-001
Professor Joe Peyronnin
Always available by email
jfp7@nyu.edu   Cell: 646-701-2125
Office hours: Tuesdays at 11am 7th floor or by appointment

IN GENERAL:

Today more people get their news from a television newscast, network or local, than any
other source. Newscasts come in many different forms, styles and lengths, and they can
now be seen on the Internet and mobile devices. The goal of this class is to teach you
how to produce a newscast, the editorial and operational processes that are followed, and
how to shape a program that is relevant, engaging and distinctive.

In this class students will actually produce a LIVE newscast. The newscast will air
Tuesdays at 6:00pm on NYU television as well as on the web. Each week students will
perform different functions, i.e. direct, produce, switch, audio, anchor, camera, and so on.
Special focus is given to writing, story selection and development, building a lineup,
pacing, flow, anchoring techniques, special segments like sports, health or politics.
Deadline pressures are emphasized because live broadcasts have to hit their
scheduled time.

Content will come from several sources.

Original Content: Each of you will be required to provide packages or set piece
during the term. Packages can be spot news stories, franchise segments (health,
consumer, politics) or features, and they can include an on set element. A set piece
can be commentary, entertainment, sports or analysis. TV Beat classes: We will
check to see what packages may be available to use each week.

CNN Newsource: NYU has access via the web to CNN Newsource—which includes the
latest videos and packages from the US and overseas.

AP wires: Through ENPS, the AP newsroom management system, you will be able to
check all the wires.

ELECTION 2012

Since 2012 is a presidential election year the broadcast will focus heavily on politics.
And Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, so we will ask all of you to participate in an
extended LIVE NYU election broadcast, which may run from 8pm until 11am. More
about this as the semester unfolds.

REQUIRED READING-posted on Blackboard under “Course Information”

Digital Newsroom, News Guidelines, News Terminology, Broadcast Writing
WEEK TO WEEK SCHEDULE

WEEK 1: Class orientation--including terminology, organization, video news standards,
review newscast forms, production staffing, production tools (i.e. ENPS), production
strategies and creating a lineup, elements of a newscast, TV writing, video ingest and
editing, control room functions (i.e. switching, audio, graphics), studio positions ( i.e.
camera, teleprompter). Beats will be identified and week two positions assigned. The
executive producer (EP) will be in charge of the broadcast,the senior producer will help
and then move up to EP the following week.

WEEK 2: Class will work on the production and rehearse an actual newscast. Executive
producer will create a “rundown” on ENPS while other students will produce, write,
gather content primarily from CNN Feeds, TV Beat classes. Some will be assigned to
work at studio functions. This will be followed by a feedback session. The class will
then receive assigned positions and packages for the following week.

WEEK 3: PRODUCE LIVE NEWSCAST: Team will attempt its first LIVE broadcast.
Broadcast can include a sports, entertainment or other segment. Special attention will be
given to constructing a rundown, writing anchor copy and teases, video clips, packages,
teases, bumpers and graphics. How to anchor, read teleprompter. Beats will be discussed
and assignments for the following week identified.

WEEK 4: PRODUCE LIVE BROADCAST. Continue to perfect broadcast writing,
preparing elements including copy, video clips, packages, teases, bumpers graphics. How
to anchor, read teleprompter. Green light pitches as some students will create original
packages/segments for the next week. Production team identified for next week.

WEEK 5: PRODUCE LIVE BROADCAST: Continue to perfect broadcast writing,
preparing elements including copy, video clips, packages, teases, bumpers graphics. How
to anchor, read teleprompter. Green light pitches as some students will create original
packages for the next week. More pitches will be solicited--attached to franchise
segments. Identify production team for next week.

WEEK 6: PRODUCE LIVE BROADCAST: Begin to discuss election night assignments.
Continue to perfect broadcast writing, preparing elements including copy, video clips,
packages, teases, bumpers graphics. Book a LIVE GUEST to be interviewed LIVE or
pre-taped. Plan an opportunity to do a LIVE remote—SKYPE. More pitches will be
solicited--attached to franchise segments. Identify production team for next week.

WEEK 7: PRODUCE LIVE BROADCAST: Use a LIVE REMOTE via SKYPE.
Review TV writing skills, broadcast writing, preparing elements including copy, video
clips, packages, teases, bumpers graphics. How to anchor, read teleprompter. More
pitches will be solicited--attached to franchise segments. Identify production team for
next week.
WEEK 8: PRODUCE LIVE BROADCAST: PRODUCE LIVE BROADCAST:
“ELECTION PREVIEW SPECIAL” Includes set pieces, packages, guests, graphics, and
special NYU election 2012 animations. Identify next production team.

WEEK 9: LIVE ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE: Plan TBA. Identify next production
team.

WEEK 10: LIVE ELECTION WRAP UP SPECIAL: Put together a program heavily
weighted on analysis and reaction to the election night results. Includes remotes, guests,
packages and set pieces. Identify next production team.

WEEK 11: LIVE NEWSCAST: Includes THANKSGIVING content: packages, set
pieces, guests, remotes. Select next production team.

WEEK 12: LIVE NEWSCAST: Includes packages, set pieces, guests, remotes. Select
next production team.

WEEK 13: LIVE NEWSCAST: Includes packages, set pieces, guests, remotes. Select
next production team.

WEEK 14: FINAL LIVE NEWSCAST: Create something special!

GRADES: will depend on your performance in the following key areas:

Participation: Fully engaged in the process at all times, and active contributor,
completing assigned tasks, putting forth a strong effort and showing continuous
improvement. We recognize that many of the studio functions are new to you, so what we
look for most is your best effort and general understanding of each function.

Packages: There will be a minimum requirement of 2 original pre-approved packages,
spot news or feature. You will also be required to at least one repurposed package using
third party content. Each package will be graded based on its original reporting, writing,
characters, and production qualities (camera and editing). A spot news story is either a
day of story or a sidebar and runs about 1:45 in length. A feature story may run up to 3:00
in length, will provide more depth, and can be a franchise piece (health, consumer,
entertainment or a beat story). Set pieces with Q&A

Sports/Entertainment: These segments will be graded based on its content, writing and
production qualities. A sports/entertainment package will be graded the same as a news
package. And a sports feature will count as a feature package.

Quiz: There will be a quiz on News Standards and broadcast terminology at some point.

				
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