Spring 2017

Mass Communication and Communication Studies Department

Towson University

 Class meets Tu/Th from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in MC 110

(This schedule is subject to change. Look for updates before every class. Last week’s schedule can be found at the bottom of the page.)


*****************************Week 15***************************************

 Tuesday–May 9


Thursday–May 11

Pkg 2 due

*****************************Week 16***************************************

Tuesday–May 16

Green Turtle!

*****************************Week 1***************************************

Tuesday–Jan. 31

class introductions | syllabus | expectations | overview of assignments | NPPA website

Thursday—Feb. 2

Quick review of broadcast style and lead writing | script formatting

*****************************Week 2***************************************

Tuesday–Feb. 7

legal and privacy issues in TV news | ethics of broadcast journalism | alternative factswould you show it? | Fox 45 and the video | Frederick Councilman


  • Quiz Thursday on

Thursday–Feb. 9

Interviewing:  think about your backgroundwhat would you do in this situation? | you never know what you’re going to get  | See this? | Imagine if she’d listened… VOSOT Assignment


  •  Story proposal for VO/SOT due Tuesday
  • Quiz Tuesday on Broadcast Style
  • Please bring your SD card byTuesday’s class

*****************************Week 3***************************************

Tuesday–Feb. 14

******Quiz on broadcast style******

***VO/SOT story proposal due***

CAMERAS!! Shooting review| Shooting sequences | The rules of shooting | look for the moments | Sequencing!!


  •  Start working on VO/SOT–due Thursday, Feb. 23

Thursday–Feb. 16

Guest speaker: John Anglim

*****************************Week 4***************************************

Tuesday–Feb. 21

Editing! Bring your portable hard drives and let’s dive into Adobe Premiere! Premiere Tutorial | more tutorialsoldie but goodie | weather in California | sequences


  • Work on VO/SOT

Thursday–Feb. 23

The pkg–writing techniques | How writing and editing can make a difference |your package assignment | Thinking visually | shooting your story  | build to the moment |music or no? | Mark Anderson | first viral package | writing tips | be thorough |log that video


  • VO/SOT–due Feb. 28. We will have the entire class period to edit it. Just bring raw video.

*****************************Week 5***************************************

Tuesday–Feb. 28

**VO/SOT due–editing workshop in class**


  • Package proposal due Thursday

Thursday–March 2

**Pkg. 1 Proposal Due**

Guest Speaker: Mike Schuh from WJZ-TV | stand up tipsexamples | Over the top?| Make it work with story |don’t fake it! |Show me! |More on pkgs: Bob Dotson | water main | Because they’re puppies

Standup techniques:

  • Use the scene, don’t just stand with it behind you.
  • Show the audience something they might have otherwise missed.
  • Demonstrate how something works.
  • Be sure that whatever is coming out of your mouth directly relates to what you are doing  with your hands, feet and eyes.

Stand up exercise


  • Work on Pkg. #1

*****************************Week 6***************************************

Tuesday–March 7

More with stand ups  | stand up tipsexamples | Over the top?| Make it work with story |don’t fake it! |Show me!  | Joe Little | one more | life as one man band shoot and edit stand ups


  • Work on package!

Thursday–March 9

Catch up


  • Midterm Thursday, March 25

*****************************Week 7***************************************

Tuesday–March 14

class likely canceled due to snow

Thursday–March 16

Pkg. Workshop

*****************************Week 8***************************************

Spring break!! Enjoy!!

*****************************Week 9***************************************

Tuesday–March 28

Package Workshop–due at end of class


  • Package #2 proposal due Tuesday, April 4

Thursday–March 30

Package workshop–due at end of class.


  • Package #2 proposal due Tuesday, April 4

*****************************Week 10***************************************


*****************************Week 11***************************************

Tuesday–April 11

***Pkg. #2 story proposal due***

Let’s go live!


Thursday–April 13

The TV newscast–the role of the producer |  example | new software | split into teams | writing teasesnewscasts| Skype with Jay

*****************************Week 12***************************************

Tuesday–April 18


Thursday–April 20

Work on Newscasts–no formal class meeting

*****************************Week 13***************************************

Tuesday–April 25

Work on newscasts–no formal class meeting.

Thursday–April 27

Work on newscasts–Formal class meeting

*****************************Week 14***************************************

Tuesday–May 2

pkg #2 workshop and/or newscasts

Thursday–May 4

Newscasts in studio