JOUR278 Webcast News Production

Department of Language & Literature: Journalism

I. Course Number and Title
JOUR278 Webcast News Production
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
JOUR175 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
  • This course is scheduled in a computer lab/classroom so students can learn the computer skills necessary for success in today's journalism field.
  • The Department of Language and Literature has determined that journalism courses require a 5000 word minimum in writing assignments.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This workshop course stresses the production of a video news webcast. Students conduct interviews, write scripts, shoot and edit digital video, and help produce a news webcast that can be shown online. Students learn to use digital videos cameras and editing software.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:
    1. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of staying abreast of current events;
    2. conduct an interview;
    3. identify the basics of video script-writing;
    4. use digital video cameras and editing software;
    5. demonstrate an understanding of the press freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, as well as libel law; and
    6. generate their own story ideas and produce digital video reports for the webcast.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities


    Students will read assigned chapters from the textbook and take quizzes based on those readings. They will take weekly news quizzes and be required to read a newspaper or news website on a daily basis; they will demonstrate that they understand the importance of staying abreast of current events and know where to find a variety of news outlets and sources, including online and in print.


    Students will write a series of scripts for their webcast reports and use a variety of computer software to shoot and edit their digital videos. Students learn collaborative skills in working with other members of the class in producing the webcast.

    Journalism Fundamentals

    Students will determine the newsworthiness of events; they will conduct interviews and use the reporting tools used by journalists; they will use the computer software necessary for shooting and editing digital video. Students will obtain information from a variety of sources, including internet websites, electronic databases, such as Lexis/Nexis and EbscoHost, and they will critically evaluate various sources of information for accuracy.

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Students take a series of quizzes based on the readings in the course textbooks.
    2. Students take weekly news quizzes to assess their knowledge of current events.
    3. Students write a series of video scripts to assess their news writing skills.
    4. Students produce a series of video reports for the class webcast.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Texts: Instructors must select an introductory text that focuses on the process of reporting, scriptwriting and the shooting and editing of digital video. Other texts may include reference texts selected by the instructor. See course syllabus.

Revised / Approved: 7/2010; New Core 8/2015