Broadcast and Digital Reporting (Aug 2014 – May 2015)

Class on Fridays from 9.00 to 12.00 in the Mediacom Studio

The first session is scheduled for Friday 22nd August 2014
Module Outline

Semester 1
22nd August
Introduction

29th August
Class on Story ideas and interviews

Interesting resources to read:
Ways to find a story
Assessing newsworthiness

On 22nd August, two teams were identified to make up the news desks under the leadership of two editors-in-chief (Alissone and Ritesh). All students were assigned to a news desk and organised into teams of two to cover at least one story. Please make sure everyone is briefed in order to start recording. If you do not know your team or topic, please urgently contact your respective editor-in-chief.

This week, you are all expected to be in the Mediacom Studio at 9.00 to follow the class. Then, as from 10.00, you are expected to do the work assigned to you. Please make sure you either already have the sounds to start editing in the Mediacom Studio or have made appointments for your interviews/recording.

5th September
Editing and voice tests

12th September
No class

19th September
No class due to Research and Activity Week

26th September
I have to attend the launching of a manual on investigative journalism in Port-Louis. Consequently, I am proposing that we hold our class at 12.30 in the Mediacom Studio instead of 9.30.

Please ensure everyone is made aware and makes it a must to attend. We will listen to all news bulletins, then proceed with allocation of teams and briefings for the next bulletin.

We listened critically to the two news bulletins. All teams are expected to submit a portfolio, with information about the bulletin, names of newscaster and all reporters. Please provide a breakdown of teams with respect to each news report.

3rd October
We carry on work on the second news bulletin. The new editors in chief are the previous assistants: Joanna and Thierry.

Please bring in class all your material and prepare to go out if needed for audio recording. Teams who have already recorded sounds are expected to start editing and writing their texts.

We will also carry on with the voice tests. You can bring your own text for your news report for this exercise.

10th October
We work on the second news bulletin. All teams should be able to show me their work in progress (audio recordings, editing, texts).

We will also carry on with the voice tests. You can bring your own text for your news report for this exercise. Reminder: All students should do the voice test at least once. We will have a special session for this later where you will be individually assessed.

Previous editors-in-chief, please do not forget to send me the portfolio for your news bulletin (‘conducteur’, list of journalists per report with breakdown of responsibilities, name of newscaster, editors, etc.)

17th October
We listen to the second news bulletin. Then, we discuss next bulletin.
We also carry on with voice tests.

Important notice: As I have explained in class, those who do not submit their edited reports and texts to their editors-in-chief in time for the latter to finalise their grand edit will be penalised. Please ensure you respect all the deadlines set by your editor-in-chief. You should allow for at least three days for the latter to incorporate everything into a single news bulletin! Please remember that every student will also have to act as editor-in-chief at least once during the year.

All editors-in-chief should also ensure that they submit the final news bulletin to Ketan for uploading online. They should also submit the portfolio as soon as this is done for evaluation purposes.

24th October
We carry on work on the third news bulletins. All teams are expected to show me their work in progress during the session (audio and/or texts).

Those who have not yet tried the voice test should be ready to do so during the session. There will be a final voice test on the last week of semester which will be recorded and graded.

31st October
We listen to the third series of news bulletins. Then, we discuss the next bulletin.

7th November
We carry on work on the fourth news bulletins. All teams are expected to show me their work in progress during the session (audio and/or texts).
Those who have not yet tried the voice test should be ready to do so during the session. Please do not forget that there will be a final voice test on the last week of semester which will be recorded and graded.

Thursday 13th November
Session is on Thursday exceptionally this week. We listen to the fourth series of news bulletins (last for the semester). Next week will be the general voice test.

Please click here for the template in Excel format to be used for the portfolio or here for the pdf format. All teams are encouraged to use this template to facilitate evaluation/grading.

Friday 21st November
Last session for Semester 1. Voice tests will be conducted (single take). Please check your respective time slot as agreed last week (on whiteboard in Mediacom Studio or with your classmates).

Friday 23rd January 2015
First session for Semester 2
Introduction to video
Stages of production
Grammar of Film
CameraWork
We will kickstart a new series of audio and video bulletins this semester. New teams are to be formed for production work.
Some teams from last semester have not yet submitted their ‘portfolios’. Please do so urgently so that I can finalise marks for work produced in Semester 1.

30th January
Please make sure you have read all the material given to you last week so that we can discuss if you have any questions on these.
All teams are supposed to bring some recorded material for the first news bulletin of second semester. We will have a demo of how to quickly edit video in iMovie.

For ideas for your news items, please consult regularly the UOM website at http://www.uom.ac.mu/
For instance, I can see interesting information about:
– The Sports Unit (http://www.uom.ac.mu/Campus/ATHLETICSFITNESS/SPORTS/index.htm)
– A public speaking debate (http://www.uom.ac.mu/index.php/news-events/452-3-uom-students-qualified-for-final-anti-corruption-public-speaking-competition-2014.html)
– Courses and workshops (http://www.uom.ac.mu/index.php/prospective-students/ps-programmes-on-offer.html)
– As well as much information about UOM in general which you can use to generate story ideas.

I also sent you emails about the following events:
– Professor Maykel Verkuyten’s talk on ‘Social identity and Intergroup Relations’ on Friday 30th January 2015 at 10 00- 11 00 RBLT.
– Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series. Speaker: Ms. Tejshree Auckle (Dept of English Studies) on The Introduction of Mauritian Bhojpuri in Primary Schools: Ideology, Ethnicity and the Issue of Orthographic Choice’ on Friday 30th January at 12 pm (Venue: TBA)

6th February
We listen and analyse news bulletins which are ready (specially radio). Please read through the material previously given for discussion in class.

I have sent you emails about campus events:
– A Seminar on Finance which was held on Thursday 5th February
– Opening Ceremony of the UNCTAD P166 Course to be held on Monday 09 February 2015 at 0930 a.m. in RBLT.
– Launching of International Year of Light 2015 Friday 6th February 2015 at 09.00hrs at Paul Octave Wiehe Auditorium

13th February
We critically watch the video bulletin together.

Teams which have worked on the radio bulletins last week are expected to amend their reports and bulletins as per discussion in class, then give to Ketan for uploading to the YouTube channel. Please do not forget to submit the portfolio using the spreadsheet which I gave you.

Teams are expected to carry on with their work for the next series of news bulletins. I have sent you a series of emails about interesting events/news:
– A talk by the Salvage Master for the Costa Concordia wreck on Tuesday 10th Feb at 15h00 in ELT 2 – Lim Fat Engineering Tower
– The celebration of World Radio Day on 13th February
– Physics articles linked to the International Year of Light

As media students, you may also be interested to know that the MBC has celebrated its 50th anniversary and this may be a potential topic.

Other interesting topics:
– Annual Sports Day at UOM Final Encounter on 12th February 2015
– The money laundering charges against the ex-PM, the SwissLeaks dossiers with linkages to Mauritius and how the mass media and social media are reacting

And the usual suspects: Valentine Day, Maha Shivaratree, Spring Festival (but please do look for an original angle and look for interesting facts/research to enrich your reports – don’t just make vox pops or ‘he says, she says’ journalism.

20th February
I will be absent but students are expected to carry on with their reporting (researching stories and sources, recording and editing, etc.).
Teams are also expected to correct the first bulletins of the semester and to give to Ketan for uploading to our YouTube channel.

27th February
We listen to the radio bulletins and then discuss next bulletins. The video team is also expected to carry on with their work and show work in progress.

Potential news items:
– Open Days at the Paul Octave Wiehe Auditorium (POWA) on 24, 25 and 26 February.
– Nomination of academics in government bodies.
– Talk on ‘2015: International Year or Light and Nobel Prizes’ on Monday 23 Feb at 11.00 in LT1 NAC
– Talk on ‘Smart Grid Innovation – EU Funded Project VIMSEN’ on Tuesday 24 Feb at 11.00 in Room 3.3, Engineering Tower
– Medical Update Group talk on ‘A to Z on Breast Cancer in One Hour’ on Wednesday 25 Feb at 19.30 in Engineering LT2
– Talk on Electronic Structure of 2D materials on Thursday 26 Feb at 11.00 in LT1
– Final results of Annual Sports Day

6th March
We critically watch the video bulletin together.
Reminder: Teams which have worked on the radio bulletins last week are expected to amend their reports and bulletins as per discussion in class, then give to Ketan for uploading to the YouTube channel. Please do not forget to submit the portfolio using the spreadsheet which I gave you.

Teams are expected to carry on with their work for the next series of news bulletins.

Potential news items:
– Debate on the most recent developments in Constitutional Law by Students of the UCLAN and from the Department of Law with Former Justice S.B. Domah and Mr Peter James Kay from UCLAN on Wednesday 4th March at 9h30 in ELT2
– Talk by Mr Rajen Bablee from Transparency Mauritius on corruption, transparency and investigative journalism on Wednesday 4th March at 11.30 in Room 2.4 NAC
– Forum/debate on Towards A High- Income Economy organised by The Mauritius Economic Society, the Department of Economics and Statistics and the Students’ Economic Society on Friday 6th March 2015 at 16h00 hours in ELT 2. With Dr Verena Thandrayen-Raghoobur, Mr Ramdutt Jaddoo, Dr Chandan Jankee, Mr Dan Maraye,Dr Yousouf Ismael, Dr Renganaden Padayachy, Mr Atma Jadunundun.
– Quarter Final, Semi Final, and Final for Men 5-Aside Indoor Football Tournament/ Semi Final and Final for Women 5-Aside Indoor Football Tournament on Monday 09 March from 09:15 hrs to 16:00 hrs in CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR UoM Gymnasium / Demonstration and performance of the UoM Women Rugby Team – At 13:00 hrs.
– Round Table on Egalite Zom-Fam by the Ministry of Gender on Saturday 7th March at 9h30 in POWA (Auditorium) with J.Ragoo, R.Lallah, C. Chan-Meetoo and Jocelyne Minerve

13th March
We listen to the radio bulletins and then discuss next bulletins. The video team is also expected to carry on with their work and show work in progress.

REMINDER: Please always look for an original angle for your stories and look for interesting facts/research to enrich your reports – don’t just make vox pops or ‘he says, she says’ journalism. I will not accept simple vox pops anymore. Use all the skills you have acquired in other modules (designing charts and animations, photography, statistical analysis, etc.) to make your reports more interesting!

Potential news items (sent by email):
– Table ronde dans le cadre des Journées de la Francophonie on 20th March (details to be communicated)
– Please note that the US Embassy Digital Video Conference on Journalism is postponed to mid-April (TBC)
– Media Trust elections on 17th March (see Maurice-Info and ION News for list of candidates and Media Trust Act)
– 12th March National Day Celebrations
– Final year students and their dissertations/projects

– Talk on “Celebrating the Synthesis of Thiacrown Ether Complex with Sodium” by Miss Hanusha Bhakhoa, Computational Chemistry Group, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius. on Wednesday 11th March from 1 to 2 pm in ELT2 (convened by Prof Ponnadurai Ramasami/p.ramasami@uom.ac.mu / Tel: 4037507)

– Conference on ‘Trade is War’ by Professor Yash Tandon on Friday 13th March at 15 00 hrs at 1st Floor, Blue Tower, Rue de L’Institut, Ebène. Please confirm to me by email for seats.

– Roundtable to mark the 20th Anniversary of the World Trade Organisation on 19 and 20 March at 9.15 a.m in RBLT. Organised by: The Faculty of Law and Management in collaboration with the WTO-CP. Contact persons: Ms Valerie Uppiah: m.uppiah@uom.ac.mu / 403 7542 and Dr Boopen Seentanah: b.seetanah@uom.ac.mu

– Talk on “Marijuana and Madness : Psychiatry & Cannabis” organised by The Medical Update Group on Friday 13 March as from 19.30 p.m. in ELT2. Speaker: Professor David CASTLE, FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and Clinical Professor, School of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of Western Australia. Moderator: Dr Taroonsingh RAMKOOSALSING, Consultant in Charge, Brown Sequard Hospital.

– “Francois Blacquart 5 Aside Indoor Football Tournament 2015” organised by the Sports Unit from mid-March to mid-April at the UoM Gymnasium. Deadline for registration of teams: Thursday 19 March. Starting date: Monday 23 March.

– Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series with Ms. Elizabeth Matilda Abena Mantebeah, who is preparing her MA with Assoc. Prof. George Abungu. Title: Theorizing the practice and practicing the theory: Pamplemousses and Slave memorialization. On Wednedsay 25th March at 12 pm in the FSSH Committee Room.

– Journée de la Francophonie 2015. Célébration du tricentenaire de l’annexion de Maurice à la France le vendredi 20 mars dans un des Lecture Theatres (à confirmer). Il y aura une exposition de posters, la finale des Joutes Verbales à 9.30, la cérémonie protocolaire à 10.00, un atelier de slam à 11.00, une table ronde sur le thème : “Le français à Maurice, survol diachronique et instantané synchronique” avec Arnaud Carpooran, Christina Chan-Meetoo, Jayantee Gokhool, Umar Timol, Robert Furlong et Viram Ramharai.

27th March
We critically watch the video bulletin and listen to the radio bulletins.
You should all be present at 9.15 tomorrow. We will have to start early as I have to attend a meeting at 11.00 for the Faculty.
Please make it a must to attend and be on time. Latecomers and absentees will be required to provide an explanation.

Potential news items (sent by email):
– Talk organised by the Faculty of Ocean Studies on “Climate Change: Understanding the Present to Predict the Future. Lessons from Western Australia” by Prof. Shaun Collin, Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia and a Western Australia Premier’s Research Fellow on Monday 23 March 2015 @14:30 – 15:30hrs in ELT 2

– Public lecture & Book launching ceremony by Robynne Nelson on 26 March at 14h30 in LT1. Organised by The Australian Embassy in collaboration with Department of English, FSSH. Contacts: Nandini Bhautoo-Dewnarain

– Progress in neon art and lighting through R&D in Mauritius” by Mr Henri Bondar on 27th March at 11.00 in LT1. Convenor: Prof Ponnadurai Ramasami (p.ramasami@uom.ac.mu / Tel 4037507)

3rd April
We listen and watch your bulletins. We will also have a guest speaker: Ritvik Neerbun. We will watch his documentary film about the national television and discuss with him. Please make it a must to attend.

10th April
We listen to the radio bulletins and then discuss next bulletins.

17th April
There was no session.

24th April
We listen to the radio bulletin. The session will start at around 10.30 as I have to go to hospital in the morning.

For next week, as Friday 1st May will be a public holiday, the video team has requested that we have a special session on Thursday 30th April from 11.30 to 12.30 in order to view their news bulletin.

30th April
Special session for viewing the last TV bulletin from 11.30 to 12.30
I also need to have all revised bulletins and portfolios (use the spreadsheet) to be able to finalise all your marks. Remember that there are no exams, only continuous assessment. I will need everything to be submitted by latest 8th May.

All revised bulletins need to be submitted to Ketan for uploading on the YouTube channel. Please bear in mind that our bandwidth is limited so you need to submit progressively for him to have time to upload by 8th May. Only the audio and video files posted on YouTube will be used for assessment.

Annoucement:
Deadline extended to Tuesday 12th May


 

Interesting resources/documentation
24h dans une rédaction (fiches CFI et ESJ)
Guide du reportage radiophonique – RFI-Planète Radio

News bulletins produced so far:
Semester 1
Bulletin #1 – Équipe A – Redacteur-en-chef: Sinnapen Alissone
Bulletin #1 – Équipe B – Redacteur-en-chef: Ritesh Parepiah

Bulletin #2 – Équipe A – Redacteur-en-chef: Joanna
Bulletin #2 – Équipe B – Redacteur-en-chef: Thierry

Bulletin #3 – Équipe A – Redacteur-en-chef: Alvin
Bulletin #3 – Équipe B – Redacteur-en-chef: Julie

Bulletin #4 – Équipe A – Redacteur-en-chef: Anais Rock
Bulletin #4 – Équipe B – Redacteur-en-chef: Eloise

Please click here for the template in Excel format to be used for the portfolio or here for the pdf format. All teams are encouraged to use this template to facilitate evaluation/grading.
The following teams which did not submit on the format should please resubmit using the Excel sheet:
– Alissone
– Ritesh
– Joanna
– Thierry
– Anaïs
– Eloïse

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