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