TELEVISION & RADIO PRODUCTION
Interim Department Chair: Patti Farlee
-All courses in Television and Radio Production are eligible for Applied Arts credit-
-Broadcast Journalism courses also qualify for English elective credit-
INTRODUCTION TO BROADCAST JOURNALISM I – 1/2 Credit each All Classes
Offered only during Semester 1
Note: This course is eligible for either English elective or Applied Arts credit.
This course introduces students to the technology and communication skills necessary to produce a broadcast news program. Students will studythe basics of journalism, including research, writing, ethics, interviewing, and oral communication. They will also learn the added skills required to produce a cable news program, including set design, lighting, camera, teleprompter, computer graphics, linear editing, and packaging the final program.
INTRODUCTION TO BROADCAST JOURNALISM II – 1/2 Credit All Classes
Offered only during Semester 2
Prerequisite: Introduction to Broadcast Journalism I
Note: This course is eligible for either English or Applied Arts credit.
This course challenges students to put into practice the skills learned during Introduction to Broadcast Journalism I by producing an ongoing live cable news program based on school and local community news. Students will improve their journalism and broadcasting skills as they produce a live rather than a taped broadcast. As news producers, students will work independently and in teams to prepare news packages.
ADV. BROADCAST JOURNALISM – 1/2 Credit per semester Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Prerequisite: Introduction to Broadcast Journalism I & II
Note: This course may be repeated and is eligible for either English elective or Applied Arts credit.
The curriculum of this course will include not only the producing of news programs, but also the leadership of less experienced staff. Advanced students will serve as general managers of the production, and will gain experience and knowledge in specialized careers in the world of broadcast journalism, will tackle tough ethical decision-making, and will explore marketing options available for news programs.
INTRODUCTION TO TELEVISION PRODUCTION – 1 Credit All Classes
Note: this class may be taken for either one period during the day or on Monday evenings ( from 4:00-6:30 p.m) with 2 ½ hours of lab time during the week.
This beginning course is designed for those students who are interested in writing, producing, directing, and performing in front of the camera as well as those who wish to pursue the more technical aspects of television production. Students will develop skills in using television equipment, increase understanding of television as a communication vehicle, and script and produce both studio and remote video programs.
ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION I, II, III, IV, V, VI – 1/2 Credit each Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Prerequisite: Introduction to Television Production or both semesters of Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
Students will be required to develop, produce, and edit their television shows for broadcast on RBTV. Through developing their show as well as additional projects assigned by the instructor, students will become more proficient with studio or remote production equipment. The curriculum for these courses will continue to be individualized and sequential. Individualized monitoring will ensure that each student completes increasingly challenging skills, and attempts different genres of TV programming. Skills include communication via written and visual methods, leadership, marketing, time and resource management, facility with a variety of technical equipment, collaboration, creativity, initiative, and others to be determined on an individual basis. Grades will be based on a production book, textbook, and supplementary readings, point reviews with the instructor, and completion of the final projects.
RADIO/INDEPENDENT STUDY – 1/2 Credit Juniors, Seniors
Prerequisite: Student Interest and Departmental Approval prior to registration
This course may be repeated for a total of two semesters.
Students working alone or in 2-person teams produce their own radio programs which air live before or after school. Students learn basic engineering, scripting, and announcing. The district’s Independent Study policies and procedures apply. Extra time commitment is required during the summer to prepare for on-air time. Students must complete a research paper each quarter from a list of topics supplied by the instructor. Grades will be based on skill attainment, on self, peer, and instructor evaluations at regular intervals, on percentage of completed shows, and on the research paper.