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General Course Information for JRN610: Backpack Digital Audio & Video

Course: JRN610 - Backpack Digital Audio & Video
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Provides a thorough knowledge of video use in journalistic communication without a TV station's truck, studio or edit bay. It teaches students to work as video journalists and communicate video news stories using a small digital camera and a laptop computer.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Create a person blog showcasing the news stories they have shot and edited.
  • Upload their news stories to their blog.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the proper use of a digital camcorder, tripod, batteries, and video storage media.
  • Demonstrate proper elements of video composition.
  • Explain types of shots in videography and when each is used.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of field audio recording and microphone usage.
  • Explain video news story formats (PKG., VO-SOT, VO-NAT) and when each is used.
  • Edit news packages on a non-linear video editor.
  • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the elements of news packages including: a. Anchor lead-ins b. Walk-ups c. Sound bites d. Bridges e. B-Roll f. Stand-ups g. Natural Sound (NAT-SOT)
  • Write a news story using two-column layout and broadcast writing style.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Analyze news and information gathered from computer databases.
    • Compare past and present trends in news writing, reporting, and editing.
    • Create interactive online publications for a global audience.
    • Critique business models and evaluate their effectiveness in the emerging media world of contemporary journalism.
    • Develop digital informational content (text, graphics, audio, video) for dissemination across multiple media platforms.
    • Employ emerging media practices within ethical and legal boundaries.
    • Evaluate the effect of information and knowledge management structures on accuracy and reliability in news media publications.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures