Broadcast and Digital Reporting (Aug 2015 – May 2016)

Class on Tuesdays from 12.00 to 15.00 in the Mediacom Studio.

This is a core module for Journalism Yr 2.
Module Outline

18th August
Introduction

25th August
We carry on with the Introduction, then we look at the handout on Story ideas and interviews

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

Please read the notes before coming to class so that we can discuss quickly.

We will proceed with the organisation of groups for the first radio news production. Please make sure you have noted down story ideas and how you propose to tackle them.

1st September
All teams should report in with their sounds. Teams which need to go out for recording will be allowed to do so provided they inform me and their Editor-in-Chief.
Teams which already have recordings should start editing their sounds.
Please do not forget to fill in the spreadsheet portfolio.

8th September
All teams should be ready with their recordings. These should be edited (should at least be finalised during the session) and ready to submit to the editors-in-chief. I will listen to each recording during the session for any final edits. All teams should also be ready to submit their texts to the ediors-in-chief for recording of the final bulletin.
Team members who are free during the session can start doing the voice tests.

15th September
Please make sure that you are all present at noon in the Mediacom Studio as the people from Koze magazine will come to brief you about the required tasks for the film festival blog. As I have already indicated, these will be counted as compulsory assignments for the class.

Afterwards, we will listen to your first news bulletins.

22nd September
No class was held due to Students and Research Week

29th September
Voice tests will be conducted.

In parallel, we will review topics and draft articles for the film festival Île Courts 2015. Please do not forget that each of you should produce at least one piece for the Koze blog and that all contributions will be graded. Please refer to the emails sent through your common university mail account and fill in the Drive spreadsheet.

5-10 October
Assignments related to the film festival Île Courts 2015 on campus

13th October
Back to normal classes. We review all articles produced by students for the magazine Kozé in the context of the film festival Île Courts 2015. Please bring copies of your texts for discussion.
We continue with the review of the voice tests which were recorded on 29th September.
We then proceed with the constitution of new teams for the next radio bulletins as well as brainstorming and allocation of beats.
If we have time, we perform new voice tests.
Please do not forget to make the corrections where possible for the first news bulletin so that Ketan can post to YouTube.

20th October
Ongoing work for second news bulletin. All students should report to the Mediacom Studio to sign the attendance sheet. Teams which have already carried out their interviews/recordings are to proceed with editing and writing up. Teams which need to go out for interviews/recording can do so (please sign up for class before). In parallel, students who are available may proceed with voice tests with me.

27th October
If you are ready, we listen to the news bulletins. Otherwise, all teams should finalise their bulletins in class.

3rd November

All teams are expected to work on the next bulletin. Please do not forget to make the necessary modifications to the previous bulletin.

10th November

All teams are expected to carry on working on the last news bulletin for the semester. All students are encouraged to attend the debate on public service journalism organised by the Media Trust in LT 1 at 14.45

17th November

No class in the Mediacom studio but teams which are ready should come around 1.40 pm to FSSH Committee room so that we can listen to your bulletin.


Semester 2

18th January 2016
Classes resume (12.00 to 15.00 in the Mediacom Studio)

We meet to plan work for Semester 2. We will carry on with news bulletins in audio format and, as soon as cameras are available, we will start with video news bulletins. Students who have their own cameras will be able to start video reporting.

We will also practice and plan for carrying out the voice tests which were postponed last semester. Please bring some recent newspapers in class for this exercise.

26th January
Teams are expected to carry on with their work in progress for the audio and video news bulletins.
Please bring with you all your material for editing in class if you have already completed recording.

We will also practice and plan for carrying out the voice tests which were postponed last semester. Please bring some recent newspapers in class for this exercise.

2nd February
If the radio team is ready, we listen to the news bulletin. Otherwise, all teams carry on with their work in progress. Please bring with you all your material for editing in class. All recordings should have been completed by now. I expect to see work in progress for all teams.

We will also critically listen to voice tests which were recorded last week on a one-to-one basis. Those who have not yet done the recording are expected to complete the exercise during class time.

9th February
We critically listen to the radio bulletin and view the video bulletin.

For those who have completed voice tests which we have not yet listened to, we will critically listen to the sounds on a one-to-one basis. Anyone who has not yet recorded the voice test should do so.

Also, I will give one week to all teams to finalise all bulletins from last semester so that these can be uploaded on Youtube.

As requested by students, the session was postponed to Wednesday 10th February due to the bad weather.

UPDATE: As University lectures were all cancelled on Wednesday 10th February, I am proposing that we meet on Friday morning for a replacement class. Please confirm by email that you will be able to come.

Kindly also note that Ms Linda Fleeson, a trainer in investigative journalism who is invited by the US embassy for a workshop at the Media Trust, has kindly agreed to give a guest lecture on Monday 15th February at 13.00 in Room 3.1 PhII FoA (during Assoc Prof Paroomal’s class). Please make it a must to attend as this will be part of your assessment.

Interesting online reading
The New York Times announces newsroom strategy review as print declines continue

16th February

We listen to the radio bulletin and view the video bulletin as well.

For those who have completed voice tests which we have not yet listened to, we will critically listen to the sounds on a one-to-one basis. Anyone who has not yet recorded the voice test should do so.

23rd February
All teams need to finalise all news bulletins from last semester for uploading on YouTube by Ketan.
New teams to be formed for the next news bulletins and briefing to be done for allocation of items and choice of angles and sourcing.

1st March

All teams should have finalised all previous news bulletins and given to Ketan for uploading. You are reminded that these assignments will only be graded once all bulletins are online.

New teams have already been formed with new editors-in-chief and assistants. It was decided that the next bulletin should be ready for the 15th March. So all teams are expected to work on their bulletin this week but I need to be updated and shown work in progress this Tuesday 1st March.

8th March

All teams are expected to carry on with work on the news bulletin. Please come to class to show your work in progress.

15th March

We listen to and watch latest news bulletins. Voice tests will be scheduled for next week.

22nd March

Since the bulletins were not ready last week, we listen to and watch latest news bulletins. Voice tests will be scheduled for next week.

29th March

New teams have been formed. Please proceed with the next news bulletin and bring your work in progress to class. Please note that voice tests will be conducted next week (5th April).

5th April

Voice tests. Please see schedule on the Google Drive document I sent you all (https://docs.google.com/a/uom.ac.mu/spreadsheets/d/1-YPxGUyq2IcRKAc0SuiNiXq0qbjo3h4SaBj_RiO4QlU/edit?usp=sharing_eid&ts=5702322f)

Kindly abide by the time given. Ketan will give you a copy of the text 10 minutes before your recording and you will have 5 minutes for the recording (maximum of 2 takes allowed).

Absentees will score zero on the voice test unless they have documented justification as per University rules.

Thanks and good luck!

12th April

Session is postponed to Thursday 14th April from 9.00 to 10.30 for viewing and listening latest bulletins.

Thursday 14th April

Special session from 9.00 to 10.30 for viewing and listening to latest bulletins.

19th April

Since the video team has not yet submitted, we will view their bulletin.

New teams have been formed. Please proceed with the next news bulletin and bring your work in progress to class. All chief editors and assistants should closely follow up with their respective team members, set deadlines and check work in progress.

26th April

We check on work in progress. Please bring all material for advice. All chief editors and assistants should be able to report on team progress.

13th May

Following a request to postpone the final session, please note that the viewing is now scheduled for Friday 13th May at 13h in the Mediacom Studio.

Useful resources:

 

Marks for the Voice Test

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6 thoughts on “Broadcast and Digital Reporting (Aug 2015 – May 2016)

  1. Is it possible to have a written feedback posted on the blog after each bulletin listening session? In case we have missed some of the feedbacks given in class.
    thank you

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