MCM516 : TV News Reporting & Production

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course covers all the essential areas of television news reporting including: story planning and development, research and reviews, script preparation, writing for television news, field production techniques, videography, theory of editing, field reporting and interviewing. Additionally, course intends to cover the topics like: video control, special effects, operation of cameras and linear and non-linear editing, composition, lighting, staging, and directing, on-camera announcing and interviewing. The students will be taught how to generate an idea, present a concept, research on it, write the script, plan the production and televise the news. The course focuses on visual communication and the way television news is visualized along with skills relating to writing for video, stills and graphics. This is followed by an understanding of television reporting, doing piece to camera and voice-overs. The course also focuses on developing individual skills in writing and reporting for broadcast news. Students will learn to refine and improve their writing and reporting skills for broadcast. The course will take a practical approach to teaching advanced interview skills, writing for television, and packaging TV news reports.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of news reporting, editing and television news production.
  • Cover news stories and operate a television newsroom under deadline pressure.
  • Use computer and related software to process visual information and produce television news story packages.
  • Use digital editing software to create visual effects.
  • Write news stories in the professional standard of media industry.
  • Produce television newscasts of professional quality that are acceptable for broadcasting through media outlets.

Course Calendar

Creativity and idea generation for television1Handouts1-4
Pre-requisites of a Creative Producer/Director2Handouts5-7
Refining an idea for Production3Handouts8-9
Concept Development4Handouts10-12
Research and reviews5Handouts13-14
Script Writing6Handouts15-16
Pre-production phase7Handouts17-18
Selection of required Content and talent8Handouts19-22
Programme planning9Handouts23-24
Quiz 1
Production phase10Handouts25-27
Camera Work11Handouts28-29
Light and AudioHandouts29
Day of Recording/Production13Handouts30-31
Linear editing and NLE14Handouts33-35
Mixing and Uses of effects15Handouts36-37
Selection of the News16Handouts38
Writing of the News17Handouts39
Editing of the News18Handouts40
Compilation of News Bulletin19Handouts41
Presentation of News Bulletin20Handouts42
Making Special Bulletins21Handouts43
Technical Codes, Terminology, and Production Grammar22Handouts44-45
Grand Quiz 2
Types of TV Production23Handouts46
Drama and Documentary24Handouts47
Sources of TV News25Handouts48-49
Functions of a Reporter26Handouts50-51
Beats of Reporting27Handouts52-53
Structure of News Department28Handouts54
Electronic Field Production29Handouts55
Live Transmissions30Handouts58-59
Qualities of a news producer31Handouts60-61
Quiz 3
Duties of a news producer32Handouts62-63
Assignment/News Editor33Handouts64-65
Shooting a News film34Handouts66-67
Preparation of special reports35Handouts68-69
Interviews, vox pops and public opinions36Handouts70-71
Back Ground voice and voice over37Handouts72
Spoken words and relevant visuals38Handouts73
Talk shows, forums and Discussion Programmes39Handouts74
Functions of various departments of a TV set up40Handouts75
Programmes department41Handouts76
News and Current Affairs42Handouts77-78
Coordination among Different Departments of Television 1:43Handouts79-80
Coordination among Different Departments of Television 244Handouts83
Recap of the course45Handouts84-87
Final Term
This is tentative schedule , any change, if made, will be intimated via announcement"
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