This course serves as your introduction to video journalism. There is no question that the modern journalist requires a platform-agnostic mindset, along with a broad set of multi-platform news-gathering skills and fluency in the current tools while also upholding the timeless journalistic standards of news judgment, accuracy, fairness and truth.
In this course , you will build upon the basic skills presented in the New Media Bootcamp and walk away with a solid proficiency in what it takes to create high-quality, video stories that utilize core journalistic values that, even in a changing media landscape, remain the industry’s bedrock professional standards.
This fall semester class meets twice a week as a required course for all first-year students. The course is structured around 3 modules:
- Proficiency in several technical production skills that are critical to the editorial process of video storytelling.
- Pitching, reporting, producing, writing and structuring the 2-minute video story.
- Production , on deadline, of a short video story
Modules at a glance:
Module 1 — Technical Sessions: Proficiency in Adobe Premiere editing software and camera/sound/lighting skills
Module 2 — Story telling skills: pitching, field producing, story structure
Module 3 — Story production based on approved pitches and with faculty guidance as senior producers.
Student producers will curate/produce a website - determine the look,contents, position of stories and final editorial content. There will be an all J-School screening of selected stories the last week of classes.
Students will explore the topic of video journalism both critically and practically through readings, critical thought, and practical, hands-on exercises with tools and technologies of video making.
Students will conclude the course with a focused base of visual journalism knowledge that they can use as a foundation for other courses at the J-School, as well as the basis for effective and informed ‘newsroom’ discourse.
- Explain the value of telling stories with video.
- Identify style differences in storytelling for video.
- Recognize industry standard story structures.
- Produce a compelling, portfolio worthy short video narrative.