SYLLABUS – MMJ 352
MMJ 352 Advanced TV Production Workshop
The Bronx Journal
Instructor: Prof. Miguel Pérez firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets: Thursdays 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM Room: CA/C-31
Description: Segment production and guest hosting on the community affairs talk show televised on Bronxnet TV and seen throughout the Bronx. Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. PREREQ: MMJ 221.
Course Objectives: In this class, students plan, write and execute television segments for The Bronx Journal TV show. Students develop story ideas, present them to our class’s editorial panel and establish contact with program guests after analyzing the story’s potential with our in-class team. The completed work is cablecast in a series of community affairs television interview programs. Our segments should be about the Bronx and its people. Topics that are relevant and interesting to the Bronx community are also welcome, even if the guest or the organization he/she represents is not based in the Bronx.
Each segment typically runs about twelve minutes, but the length may vary due to differing amounts of content, complexity, interest and potential for audience engagement. Once you turn in all your production research, questions, etc., we’ll let you know how long your segment will be. Each student is expected to produce at least three segments during the semester.
TBJ-TV is a one-hour community affairs talk show televised on Bronxnet TV and seen throughout the Bronx. Individual segments are also streamed on YouTube by topic. And those YouTube videos are an intregal part of our new multimedia Bronx Journal web site, at http://www.thebronxjournal.com
Producing a segment entails:
1. Proposing a segment idea and potential guest(s) to the professor. Send your ideas to email@example.com, bring them up for discussion in class, and discuss it with the rest of the class on our blog.
2. Once an idea is approved for production, book the necessary guest(s) on any Thursday that is open and then call the newsroom immediately (718) 960-8443 to reserve a slot on that date. Our guests should be asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
3.Write teleprompter copy: An introduction of the guest and topic for discussion in no more than two paragraphs.
4. Prepare at least 25 questions to be asked of your guest(s), and place them in an order that will guide the host through the interview.
5. Prepare lower-third information and screen graphics information so that the names and titles of the guests may be displayed properly and any relevant instructions to the audience may be presented in text form on screen as needed.
6. Name, title email, contact information (including phone number if appropriate) shall appear at the bottom of the screen as the guest is speaking.
7. Gather supplemental images or alternate footage (b-roll) that can be intercut in post-production over the main shot in an interview.
8. Meet your deadline: Everything in items 3 to 6 above is due 48 hours prior to the night of your production. Material must be provided on or before Tuesday night prior to the Thursday of your production. (48 hour minimum)
9. File your teleprompter copy, list of questions and lower-third information by email. Send them to:
Prof. Miguel Perez firstname.lastname@example.org
Magda R. Soto, Producer, at email@example.com
Cristhian Campaña, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
It must be sent to all three of us. Supplemental photos and b-roll video must be brought to the newsroom by Tuesday night.
IF WE DON’T HAVE ITEMS 3 TO 6, WHICH ARE NCESSARY FOR a A SUCCESSFUL AND PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION, AND WE DON’T HEAR FROM YOU BY 12:01 AM WEDNESDAY, YOUR SEGMENT WILL BE CANCELLED. Regardless of how valid your excuse for being late may be, unless we get your work by Tuesday night, we simply won’t have time to edit the copy and prepare b-roll, photos, etc., in time for Thursday’s studio recording sessions..
On the day of your production, you are expected to greet your guests, take them to our green room, to makeup, and to the studio when their turn comes for taping. If you are not hosting your own segment, once we begin taping, you are expected to be in the control room, in communication with the host via his/her ear IFB.
Students who are not producing a segment on any given Thursday are expected to become active members of our production crew, assisting their classmates who are producing segments that day and participating in class brainstorming sessions to come up with segment ideas. Students may stay in the newsroom while other students are producing a show in the studio and control room – but only if it is to make calls or research a segment you are planning for a future show. Otherwise, you should be either in the control room or the studio, assisting your classmates as they produce their segments.
Grading criteria: Students who wish to host their own segments are usually allowed to do so. In fact we encourage everyone to try it at least once. However, hosting is not a requirement of this class and, therefore, students will only be graded by the quality of their writing, planning, editorial decision making, assistance in the production of other segments and overall execution of their own segments. Nevertheless, most students choose to host their own segments because this gives them a wonderful opportunity to start creating demo video of themselves on camera. Our students get a DVD of each segment they produce and/or host. And of course, when they produce a segment, they are named in the credits at the end of the show. These DVDs become valuable resume attachments for our students once they graduate.
Producing three segments is the minimum requirement. Students will be graded on the quality of their pre-production preparation – their questions, teleprompter copy, etc. – and by their ability to meet their deadlines. The segments you produce should demonstrate that you have done in-depth research on your topic and have used appropriate sources – online information, organizations, experts and people impacted by this subject.
Attendance/Deadlines Whether or not they are producing a segment, all students are expected to arrive on time and stay until the class is dismissed. Chronic lateness, absenteeism or leaving class early may result in a reduced grade. Students who miss three classes lose one letter-grade. Nevertheless, if you are unable to attend class, you are expected to inform the professor via email prior to the class.
Class participation attendance, punctuality and collaboration: 25%
Segment 1 25%
Segment 2 25%
Segment 3 25%
Materials/ Use of Technology
Reading materials for this course will depend on the research each student is required to do on the topics of their segments. Students are encouraged to use our newsroom computers to do online research on these topics.
Lehman College is committed to providing access to all programs and curricula to all students. Students with disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to register with the Office of Student Disability Services. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services, Shuster Hall, Room 238, phone number, 718-960-8441.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy
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Class Calendar (Subject to modification by instructor)
Week 1: Jan 30th, Thursday (MMJ 315 in Training)
Week 2: Feb.6th, Thursday (MMJ 315 in Training)
Week 3: Feb. 13th Thursday (MMJ 315 in Training)
Week 4: Feb 20th, Thursday No Classes ( Monday schedule)
Week 5: Feb 27th, Thursday - (MMJ 315 in Training)
Week 6: Mar 6th, Thursday- 1st day of Production
Week 7: Mar 13th, Thursday
Week 8: March 20th ,Thursday
Week 9: March 27th, Thursday
Week 10: April 3rd, Thursday -
Week 11: April 10th, Thursday-
Week 12: April 17th, Thursday- No classes (Spring Recess)
Week 13: April 24th, Thursday
Week 14: May 1st, Thursday
Week 15: May 8th, Thursday
Week 16: May 15th, Thursday ( Last Production)
Week 17: May 22nd, Thursday Last meeting and (Final Examinations for MMJ 315 )
BRONX JOURNAL TV PROGRAM SCHEDULE
ON BRONXNET CHANNEL 67:
Wednesdays 12:30 am, 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Thursdays 7:30 am, 7:00 pm
Fridays at 12:30 pm
Saturdays 1:30 pm
All airings are on Channel 67/Cablevision. Channel 33/Verizon