Faculty of Arts


COMMS 203

Television Journalism


Description

A practical, television studio based course where students learn the skills of current affairs television journalism. Students learn to write, shoot and present short news items in the field, which they edit for inclusion into a multi-camera production recorded as live in the television studio. Studio skills include directing, production management, multi-cam scripting, vision switching, presenting and interviewing within a framework of current industry practice.  

Internship opportunities will be available for high performing students who have a keen interest in following a career in television production or journalism.

This course is open to all BA students who have completed 60 points at Stage I in BA courses. It is particularly relevant for students majoring in Communication; Media, Film and Television; Screen Production; Politics and International Relations or Sociology. It is also open to international Study Abroad students.

Application must be made directly to the course convenor by the stated deadline. 

Course outcomes:

  • Experience a "hands on" approach to the skills of television journalism
  • Acquire production skills operating in a multi-camera television studio
  • Acquire skills in news/current affairs field production and news item scripting and editing
  • Acquire skills in scripting, presenting, directing, production managing and delivering a live magazine format

Provisional class limits information for 2018: Enrolment is limited to 30 students. On-time applications will be selected on the following criteria, ranked in order of importance:

  1. Completion of COMMS 100 and either FTVMS 101 (MEDIA 101 from 2018) or COMMS 104
  2. Qualitative evaluation of the application including brief critique of a nominated television interview
  3. GPA
  4. Evidence of previous industry/production experience
  5. The qualitative evaluation of examples of creative work or evidence of leadership/performance experience
  6. The qualitative evaluation of a personal statement of intent

Apply for the course

You need to complete an application form for this course, which you can find under forms and guides for students.

Availability 2018

Semester 2

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Margaret Henley

Points

COMMS 203: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

60 points at Stage I in BA courses

Corequisites


Restrictions

FTVMS 201


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