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Communications (COMM)

COMM 360 Radio Reporting (3) Reporting, writing, producing, and presenting radio news programs, focusing on the development of news judgment and writing skills.

COMM 360 Radio Reporting (3)

COMM 360 provides an introduction to broadcast news writing and radio production. Students take this course after they have completed an introductory print reporting course but before they take advanced courses that focus on television news production. This course is designed to introduce students to the general principles of broadcast writing used in both the radio and television mediums. As a prerequisite for 400-level courses, COMM 360 is offered on a regular basis to allow students to complete curricular requirements in a timely manner.

Students learn the techniques needed to report, write and produce radio news. During the semester, students report on news and learn to produce, anchor and engineer a newscast.

Learning objectives for COMM 360 are that students:
* demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles in news reporting and apply those principles in newsgathering;
* demonstrate basic proficiency in the tools used to report and produce broadcast-quality radio news;
* demonstrate the ability to write news for a broadcast format;
* demonstrate the ability to produce quality work on deadline;
* apply an understanding of news values in the creation of a newscast; and
* demonstrate the ability to supervise other students in a working newsroom.

Students work together in a broadcast facility to produce a radio newscast. They are evaluated throughout the semester on their ability to integrate skills and concepts they learn into their broadcast stories. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have learned the theories and skills at the core of their broadcasting profession.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 260W

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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