NewsTeam Boulder Syllabus Spring 2017
Class Times and Locations
Tuesdays and Thursdays - Armory 209 – 8:00am to 12:50pm
Fridays - Armory 218 - 1pm to 3pm
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Daugherty, CMCI Journalism Senior Instructor
McNamara, CMCI Journalism Assistant Professor
Teaching Assistants (TA’s)
Angelica Kalika, Angelica.Kalika@colorado.edu
Giorgio Ausenda, Giorgio.Ausenda@Colorado.EDU and (347)-596-7376
Important Phone Numbers
CMCI Front Desk 303-492-5007
Studio Master Control 303-735-2043
Editing Suite (Armory 216) 303-492-4556
Steve Jones (production staff) 303-492-8919
What you get out of this course depends on what you put in.
Many NewsTeam alums find successful careers.
You, too, can be among them! The best way to set yourself up for success is to
do your best job. Be diligent, earn good grades, attract fans in class, on and
off campus. Your accomplishments will be reflected in your resume and you'll
have gained the confidence you need to succeed in your chosen profession.
NewsTeam Boulder will equip you with the skills and experience you need to launch your broadcast career. In this class, consider yourself a seeker, embarking on a journey towards your goals. Whatever those goals may be we want to help every one of you achieve them! Hard work lies ahead, but the payoff for those who go the extra mile will mean not only getting an 'A' in class, but getting a job in the broadcast profession!
NewsTeam is the capstone for broadcast news majors and is considered to be an advanced level reporting course. Because we’re a news operation, with assignments that may have quick turnarounds, it helps if you can be more flexible with your schedule to arrange for interviews and production work. If you’re taking an overload of credits, then you run the risk of becoming overwhelmed. If this is the case, then we recommend you take NewsTeam some other semester when you have fewer courses and commitments.
Time Management is a Must!
The skills you learn are also transferrable to many aspects of the broadcast and video production professions. But you’ll also be expected to put your time management skills to the test. Our suggested ways to improve those skills: schedule your activities appropriately -- know the difference between quantity and quality; learn to prioritise the activities that will be most beneficial to your ultimate career goals; and use your electronic devices for scheduling purposes. Other ways to improve your time management ability:
- Set calendar deadlines in advance
- Story pitches need detail and development – really give some thought to your story ideas, which will help you narrow down your focus and avoid wasting your efforts on gathering information and materials that are not relevant to the story
- Allow time for travel (add 1/2 hour minimum)
- Allow time in case things go wrong (1-2 hours per shoot - Murphy's Law!)
- Double your estimated edit time (if you think it
will take 1 hour, make it 2)
Communication is Key
If something goes wrong with your story, then that can potentially affect the entire newscast. You need to contact both your instructors and the producer. If you’re sick and can’t make it to class, contact your instructors and the producer. If you see an error in a graphic or a bad edit, then say something. Confusion, tension, frustration all set in when we don’t communicate, and then the process of producing a newscast, and running a class, becomes even harder. We’re all working in a multi-faceted team and well-landed plans are something we can feel good about. But not everything goes according to plan and some things are not always within our control. We need to catch problems as early as possible so stay in touch!
Reporting Diversity Stories
We’re about preparing students for professional work in diverse and inclusive media environments. Greater diversity in your reporting will convey greater accuracy and fairness, helping individuals in our audience see themselves in others. To ensure that we give voice to underrepresented members of our community, diversity in your reporting MUST be your moral imperative. We expect you to consider in your stories diverse groups to compel fair treatment of sources and to encourage the practice of empathy and compassion, allowing us to reach new, diverse audiences. We take diversity and inclusiveness seriously at the CMCI. In several ways, excellence in journalism is impossible without intentional and careful attention to diversity issues. But there are also legal requirements that faculty and students are expected to follow:
- Discrimination And Harassment The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working, and living environment. CU-Boulder will not tolerate acts of discrimination or harassment based upon Protected Classes or related retaliation against or by any employee or student. For purposes of this CU-Boulder policy, "Protected Classes" refers to race, colour, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation or political philosophy. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against should contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) at 303-492-2127 or the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSC) at 303-492-5550. Information about the OIEC, the above referenced policies, and the campus resources available to assist individuals regarding discrimination or harassment can be found at the OIEC website.
- Accommodation For Disabilities If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to your professor a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see Temporary Injuries guidelines under the Quick Links at the Disability Services website and discuss your needs with your professor.
- Religious Holidays Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. In NewsTeam, please indicate, within the first two weeks of the semester, whether you are going to be absent due to religious observances. See campus policy regarding religious observances for full details.
- Honour Code All students of the University of Colorado at Boulder are responsible for knowing and adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution. Violations of this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening behaviour. All incidents of academic misconduct shall be reported to the Honour Code Council (email@example.com; 303-735-2273). Students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy will be subject to both academic sanctions from the faculty member and non-academic sanctions (including but not limited to university probation, suspension, or expulsion). Additional information regarding the Honour Code policy can be found online.
- Classroom Behaviour Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioural standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, colour, culture, religion, creed, politics, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, disability, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student's legal name. We will gladly honour your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise us of this preference early in the semester so that we may make appropriate changes to our records. For more information, see the policies on classroom behaviour and the student code.
We’re open to any of your criticisms regarding how we conduct the class as long as your concerns are addressed constructively. But we refuse to tolerate any disruptive behaviour that includes openly belligerent challenges towards class policy and requirements. If a student displays such brash insolence, our policy is to first meet with the student to address their attitudes and arrive at an amicable solution. But if the behaviour persists, we will not hesitate to report the student to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
The Teaching Staff
Paul Daugherty, CMCI Senior Instructor
Paul Daugherty is an award-winning producer and founder of Doghouse Productions in Boulder. He has a master's degree in broadcast journalism from CU. He has over 20 years of television experience, the majority of which was during his tenure at Rocky Mountain PBS where he produced numerous documentaries and public affairs shows. His specialty is producing nature and science documentaries and educational videos. Paul is the faculty adviser for the Emmy-winning student-produced video podcast series, CU Science Update. His original documentaries include Jump Steak, a “web-based doco” covering the issues and concerns surrounding the human consumption of kangaroos; the reality series Zoo Keeper Journal, (shot in Africa, Australia, and New Zealand); Space Class, an educational series for middle- and high-school use produced in conjunction with NASA partners; Project Pisces, a NASA/ University of Hawaii at Hilo collaboration to develop habitation structures on the moon; Urban Ark – The Story of the Denver Zoo; Emmy-winning Colorado.Now public affairs series and Rocky Mountain Legacy. Paul also worked as videographer/editor for Covering Columbine, a CU documentary produced by JMC Professor Meg Moritz. He also worked with Meg, going to New Orleans one month after Hurricane Katrina to shoot footage for a show about trauma and journalism. Paul is a Colorado native, but has family in Wellington, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. He has an adopted koala named Belvedere, who lives in Australia's Ballarat Wildlife Sanctuary just north of Melbourne.
McNamara, CMCI Assistant Professor
Mei-Ling McNamara is a journalist who works in both print and broadcast media, with a focus on human rights reporting, social justice issues and in-depth investigations. She has worked for a number of media outlets, including the Guardian, CNN International and Al-Jazeera English as a writer, producer and filmmaker. Her investigative work for the Guardian and Al-Jazeera English received awards in 2011 and 2015 by the Human Trafficking Foundation for its in-depth coverage of underreported issues on slavery. Her documentary “Children of the Cannabis Trade” investigated the criminalization of child trafficking victims in the British justice system, while her written feature “A Slave in Scotland” for Guardian Weekend Magazine revealed the agonizing realities survivors of labor trafficking face in the UK. Mei-Ling also works with the Clandestine Reporters Working Group, advising on journalist security, human rights reporting and press freedom and privacy (PFP) activities, working to offer security solutions to journalists and human rights workers. She holds a PhD in Trans-Disciplinary Documentary Film at the University of Edinburgh where her work examined the nexus between liminality, trauma and the experience of survivors of human trafficking. She also holds an M.A. in Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London, an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Essex, and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Davis. She has lived and worked in the UK, Africa and Asia and has been a member of BAFTA, PEN Scotland and the Foreign Press Association. She is an Assistant Professor in Journalism at CU-Boulder.
Angelica Kalika, CMCI PhD Candidate
Angelica Kalika received her master’s degree in newsgathering from the University of Colorado in 2012 and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. She also completed a certificate program at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009. She plans to research the intersection of citizen journalism, emerging technologies and advocacy work. Kalika was digital media associate for The Climate Reality Project, where she tracked social media influence and creates content for the organization. She also worked as a freelance multimedia journalist for a variety of news organizations along Colorado’s Front Range. While a master’s student at CU, she worked as a research assistant for the Digital Test Kitchen and the Muslims in the Mountain West project. She won awards from the Colorado Film Festival for best documentary directing in 2013 and best short form directing in 2014. She also has a student Emmy Award for work on CU Science Update.
Giorgio Ausenda, CMCI MA Candidate
Giorgio Ausenda is a journalism master’s student. He was raised in Milan, Italy and earned a bachelor’s degree at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano in 2012, majoring in history. After seven months of traveling across South America, Ausenda moved to New York City in 2013, where he wrote as a correspondent for an Italian newspaper. Finalist of the 2016 Hearst Journalism Award in Enterprise Reporting. Winner of the 2016 CU Curation.
Class Expectations - What you'll be doing
Read, Watch and Listen
How we’ll evaluate your work
You will be evaluated based on your level of participation in class, the content, execution and creativity of your work, and especially meeting deadlines. However, simply fulfilling these requirements will not earn you an A. To get an A you need to do Exemplary work that shows you’ve gone the extra mile in your efforts.
- Showing up for class and participating in its activities is important to make the course work meaningful.
- Being respectful of others. The students who are your peers today will be your work colleagues tomorrow. Don't burn your bridges before you even get started.
- Meet deadlines. Let’s be clear – deadlines mean something in this profession. Therefore, missing deadlines will lower your grade. Work hard on your time management skills.
- Get to know your profession by monitoring
what professionals are doing. Watch the news, watch documentaries and even
go to movies. There are many videos on YouTube that will help you study
your chosen craft.
ABOUT LATE WORK
Extensions are granted only if there is a compelling reason, but this happens rarely. Your effort is considered in the grade, but the end product shows whether you fully understand the material. We welcome your questions and will gladly offer help if you ask for it. But for the most part, late work will not be accepted because you’re expected to meet a specific airdate.
Students work each week to produce a live newscast of which there will be 9 this semester, and producing live election coverage on election night in November. With the smaller class size, each student will likely work as producers twice, anchor at least twice, report 2-3 news packages and report 2 feature stories. We’re also planning weekly writing assignments that will be due each Friday. And as a final assignment, students will create an E-Portfolio along with a resume reel helping to showcase their work to potential employers.
There are no required texts, however, we recommend three books that we think you'll find helpful.
Required Materials - click here to learn more
- SDHC Cards - Try to get at least two cards so you
can have one for back-up. You can get 16 GB (50 min) or even 64 GB, which should be plenty of space for a typical news package. But you should get cards that read at minimum 90 MB/s and is either a U-1 or U-3, and must be a Class 10. See the Camera Guide for the DVX200 Cameras for more information. Getting cards with higher read speed is preferable with the type of camera that you'll be using in this course.
- Lacie Rugged Portable Drive - Paul recommends the LaCie Rugged Drive for its durability. Consider getting one that has at least 500 GB. Don’t expect that your work will somehow remain in Student Storage or on the edit lab computers – we clear out the storage periodically. It’s your responsibility to keep your work in a location where only you have access. You can shop for these drives online, including Amazon, where you might find more reasonable priced.
t’s a given that we all have made plenty of mistakes! But mistakes are part of the learning process. Just don’t dwell on them. If you want to be a good learner, then be honest with yourself. Feel free to acknowledge your mistakes and to acknowledge when you're confused and move forward with the experience you learned. Be proactive about your education and ask for help when you need it. We don’t simply want to reduce the quality of your work to a letter or number. We will strive to provide you with constructive feedback, to help you improve upon your work so that it comes closer to meeting professional standards. We encourage you to make appointments to see us so we can discuss your work and suggest ways for improvement.
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