News Critique – due 2/24 10 am

DUE: Friday, 2/24 at 10:00 am sharp!!

LENGTH: Minimum 2 printed pages, but no longer than 3 pages, double-spaced, 12pt font, 1-inch margins. Worth 5% of your final grade

 Rationale: To help prepare for your video projects, you will examine and critique professionally produced television news stories as a model or guide as to how material is recorded outside a studio setting and then edited into a news story. It is important for you to develop critical analytical skills to better understand the craft of video field production.

Assignment: This assignment requires you to submit a 2-3 page written critical analysis of the editing and field production techniques used in a news television program. You must concentrate on at least one news package or you can look at more than one, and you will need to be able to access it from the web. The critique should describe the camera shots, angles, lighting, locations, talent, editing techniques, audio considerations, special effects and any other production-related item discussed this semester. You should look at screen forces, depth of field, as well as color balance, exposure, focus. In addition to the description, the student should provide an analysis of the field production techniques. Were the techniques used well or not so well? When fault is found, always provide a constructive alternative to improve the production.

Note: Points will be taken off for improper English usage. This is your only paper assignment, so please make it your best work. You are after all a Journalism major! Be sure to make clear what you watched, i.e., the title of the program, the subject of the story or stories, the network or channel that aired the story and the date it aired.

You should look at broadcast network news programming, such as ABC, CBS or NBC News, cable programming such as CNN, BBC, FNC or MSNBC or any local news programming such as WSB, WXIA, Fox 5 or CBS 46. Cities other than Atlanta are fine.


Strong general introduction (look at Rationale above for the why behind the assignment) 10

Strong general conclusion – what you found and what it means for the news organization and viewers   10

Organization of points and your thoughts 20

Production Technique points (5 minimum)  50

Grammar, punctuation and spelling   10

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Digital Media Blog due 4/21

Each student will create an individual blog focusing on Digital Journalism or Digital Media.

1. Create an account on Go over the tutorials to learn more about Make sure you choose Essential training.

2. ***Make sure the URL you choose is:   Then you can entitle it anything you wish, but make it catchy. If that URL is not available, add your first name after your last name. Write a descriptive and catchy tagline.

3. Create a profile.

4. Write at least 20 posts.  Some of these posts will be assignments from class. Make sure each post includes:

  • a graphic or photo. Be careful about copyright law.
  • multiple links within your post (must open in new window)
  • 3 tags on each

Also make sure you have the following:

  • break points in at least 2 of your posts (there is a break page icon in the dashboard or you can put the HTML code in <!–nextpage–>
  • image gallery in one of them (containing 4 photos)
  • one numbered list
  • a total of 20 posts including the assigned posts.

Some of the assigned posts are:

  • Side by Side
  • Ch. 1
  • Ch. 2
  • Ch. 8
  • Artley interview
  • Ch. 6
  • Ch. 10
  • Ch.7
  • Ch. 3
  • Ch. 5
  • GPB observations
  • Posts on social media platforms

5. Write 3 pages. They should be displayed along the top of your blog. Include: About, Contact (with contact form) and one other of your choosing.

6. Pick a theme of your choice, but make sure it has widget functionality. Twenty Thirteen is a good choice with advanced options. Also Twenty Fourteen.

7. Include 3 widgets in your sidebar and 2 in your footer area. Pick a theme that allows you to do this.

8. Upload at least one video to your blog.


9. Let your personality come out in your writing. Be conversational. Use short paragraphs.

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Test Review/Study Guide

***Updated: Includes social media powerpoint.

Test may include the following but is not limited to these topics. All topics covered in class or from the chapters we covered in Briggs may be on the test.

From Media Production text

Ch 1: Why is the audience important? What are the elements of the audience demographics? What are the big ten of distribution?

Ch 2: What are the 3 stages of production? What happens in each? What is the difference between analog and digital production? What is nondestructive editing? Single camera vs. multi camera systems.

Ch 3: What is a producer? What are the roles the producer plays? What goes into a production proposal? What are above-the-line and below-the-line personnel?

Ch 6: What are the aesthetics of sound? What types of mics are available classified by how they transduce sound waves? What is a pickup pattern? What are 5 types of pickup patterns? Why is mic placement important?

Ch 7:  What are the aesthetics of light? How is color temperature measured? What are the different kinds of light that a photographer can encounter? Name two types of spotlights. Name 3 types of floodlights. What are shaping devices? Name 5 types. What is the formula that helps us figure out how many lights we can plug into a circuit? What is the inverse square law? How do we measure light intensity? What is 3-point lighting?

Ch 8: Discuss framing and composition. Terms: essential area, looking room, lead room, head room, rule of thirds. What is the 180 degree rule? Name 5 field of steps. No these movement terms: bookend, dolly, zoom, truck, arc, pan, tilt. Name 3 different mounting devices.

Ch 10: What is a shot? What is a transition? 4 types of transitions. Aesthetic approaches for an editor. Continuity vs. complexity editing. Describe the 6 steps of the editing workflow.

Social Media

From social media powerpoint: which platform has the most users? What are the top two social media platforms in China? What is tri-banding?

Facebook — best practices for journalists. Pitfalls to avoid.

Best practices for journalists on Twitter. Advantages of using Twitter as a journalist. 4:1:1 rule

Instagram – advantages and best practices for journalists.

LinkedIn – Be able to discuss how to maximize your visibility and promotion here.

Snapchat – how can journalists utilize Snapchat? What is unique about Snapchat?

Streaming for Journalists- what are good practices? When is streaming a bad idea?


Basic principle=transduction. 3 parts of camera, beam splitter, imaging device or CCD, types, aspect ratio, resolution, light level, gain, signal-to-noise ratio, contrast, resolution***exposure, aperture, iris, white balance, zoom range,  ***how to manipulate depth of field,  ***rule of thirds, vectors (index, graphic and motion) field of view steps, ND filter,*** 180 degree rule, camera movements-pan, tilt, zoom.

***bold= will definitely be on the test!


Basic principle=transduction. What is it? 3 types of microphone based on the way transduction occurs (dynamic, condenser, ribbon—uses, advantages and disadvantages of each) 3 types of pickup patterns and how they work. Windscreen, windsock, dead cat. Handheld mics: adv and disadv. Lavalier: adv and disadv, best practices. Boom mics—adv and disadv, best practices. Headset mic—adv and disadv. 3 types of stationary mics – adv and disadv. Impedance, frequency response. Balanced and unbalanced mics.


4 functions of editing, 4 types transitions, continuity vs. complexity editing, jump cut, ****180 degree rule or axis of action rule. What is nonlinear editing? What do we mean by nondestructive editing? What is source video? What is timecode? What is b-roll? What are ripple, roll, slip and slide edits?


Why is it important? What is hard or direct light? What is soft light? How do we achieve hard or soft light? What is a Fresnel? What is a barn door? Types of instruments used for soft lighting. LED lighting, Fluorescent lighting. How can we control intensity? How can we control softness or hardness? How can we control color temperature? What is fast and slow falloff? Describe 3-pt lighting. Flat lighting.


What is a pitch? What should be in it? What is a tagline? A one-sheet?

Studio Production

Know what the different positions are and what each is responsible for. Know what happens in the control room. What do we mean by instantaneous editing?

This is only a guide. You are responsible for everything we covered this semester, including Briggs. Good luck! Study hard!

You may bring one sheet 8×10 hand written notes.

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Demo Reel Blog Website – due 4/7

You should create an aesthetically pleasing blog to showcase yourself and your work so far. Here are the requirements and the rubric:

URL must be: DemoReel[last name][first initial] No brackets.

1. General Quality – 20 pts. Make a good impression!

2. Static Landing page – 10 pts. Welcome page.

3. About Me Page – 10 pts.

4. Contact Page with Contact Form – 5 pts.

5. Resume Page w/ photo – 15 pts.

6. Sample Work –  4 videos from class projects embedded – 40 pts.

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News Packages 1, 2 and 3

Video Production-News Package #1– News Report . Due by end of class 2/24 with printed script.

It is imperative that you follow the video production workflow that we will go over in class. If you do not, you will run into technical problems and your grade will probably suffer.

Your team of two will research, shoot, write, track and edit a news package on a newsworthy topic. It can be hard news or a news feature. You will write and turn in a script. 1:45-2:00 total running time (length).

You will need to interview one authority/expert on the topic and one person affected by the story. You will need to include at least these 2 sound bites (sot’s) but more is OK.

Shoot the very best video and audio you can. Shoot in the best light possible. Shoot your interview subjects tight. Use a cutaway or reaction shot if needed to avoid jump cuts. Shoot the most interesting b-roll that you can find. Shoot more than you think you will need.

You will need to “sig out.” E.g., “This is John Doe reporting for the Panther Report.”

You will need to write and turn in a script of your story.

You must post it online on your Demo Reel website. Due 2:00 pm sharp on 10/2.  Save your video files as backup.


Composition of camera shots15 pts
Color Balance/Focus/ Exposure15 pts
B-roll quality15 pts
Audio levels/Audio mix15pts
Editing technique/SOT’s20 pts
Editorial content/Reporting /Script20 pts

Possible 100 You Scored   – (Deductions from below)      =

GPS Per error
Grammar, punctuation, spelling 5

News Package #2 – News Report –  Due  with script at 2pm 3/10 sharp. Must be posted on Demo Reel website. Script needs to be printed out and turned in.

News Package #3– News Report . Pitch and shoot happens on 3/24. Final package due 3/31 with script at 2pm sharp.  Must be posted on Demo Reel website. Script needs to be printed out and turned in.



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