Summer Courses 2012





Writing Broadcast News

Term: 
Summer 2014
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
WRITING SEMINAR (WRIT)
Course Number: 
WRIT 150 921
Schedule: 
Monday 1:15pm-5:05pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 1:15pm-5:05pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

CAPLIN, JO ANN

Secondary Program: 
The Pre-College Program
Secondary Program: 
The Young Scholars Program
Course Note: 
THIS COURSE DOES NOT FULFILL THE WRITING REQUIREMENT
Course Description: 

Writing for broadcast is writing for the ear. Writing it well isn’t easy. Reporters must capture the “who, what, where and when” with short sentences and everyday language. In delivering their stories, they must write and pronounce for emphasis. Reporters and producers must learn to write with the “big pencil”--the camera. They must decide on what to shoot and what to cover in order to have enough footage to edit. What will produce the best interview? How will picture and word be coordinated for the final story? This class will cover these topics, starting with writing, writing, writing; then learning to interview; learning the basics of shooting and lighting; and finally working in teams of two to produce and report two news stories per student, one story each week in the last two weeks. If you don’t have a video camera one will be supplied. Editing will be done on iMovie. Instructor Jo Ann Caplin is an Emmy award winning former network news producer, director, and writer currently teaching in the Critical Writing Program at Penn. This course will not count for credit in the Critical Writing Program. This course does not fulfill the writing requirement.

Syllabus: 

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