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

1 Creativity and idea generation for television
2 Pre-requisites of a Creative Producer/Director
3 Refining an idea for Production

4 Concept Development
5 Research and reviews
6 Script Writing

7 Pre-production phase
8 Selection of required Content and talent
Quiz 1
9 Programme planning

10 Production phase
11 Camera Work
Assignment 1
12 Light and Audio

13 Day of Recording/Production
14 Linear editing and NLE
15 Mixing and Uses of effects

16 Selection of the News
Quiz 2
17 Writing of the News
18 Editing of the News
Mid-Term Exam

19 Compilation of News Bulletin
20 Presentation of News Bulletin
21 Making Special Bulletins

22 Technical Codes, Terminology, and Production Grammar
Graded Discussion Board GDB
23 Types of TV Production
24 Drama and Documentary

25 Sources of TV News
Quiz 3
26 Functions of a Reporter
27 Beats of Reporting

28 Structure of News Department
29 Electronic Field Production
30 Live Transmissions

31 Qualities of a news producer
Quiz 4
32 Duties of a news producer
33 Assignment/News Editor

34 Shooting a News film
35 Preparation of special reports
36 Interviews, vox pops and public opinions

37 Back Ground voice and voice over
38 Spoken words and relevant visuals
39 Talk shows, forums and Discussion Programmes

40 Functions of various departments of a TV set up
41 Programmes department
42 News and Current Affairs

43 Coordination among Different Departments of Television 1:
44 Coordination among Different Departments of Television 2
45 Recap of the course
Final-Term Exam