JRN4100 Broadcast Documentary

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits

Course Description:

This course brings to focus the history and analysis of non-fiction documentation via radio, film and video. Each student will write a treatment and shooting script for a documentary and participate in the development of a television documentary program. The course covers the basics of production, including shooting and directing, cinematography, editing and sound. It also covers how to research and write for documentaries, how to conduct effective interviews, the financial and social/cultural aspects of television, the historical development of news programming and documentary genres How to work in a studio environment as well as on location. How to develop, shoot, and edit a quality documentary, and how to use the documentary form as a means of examining important social and historic issues, particularly those related to human rights and justice. The focus is on developing a social issue documentary working as part of a team. Students will focus on an issue in their community to produce a short documentary.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course is designed to give students a practical and theoretical understanding of how the documentary film can be used as a creative medium to explore and represent foreign cultures. The consider topics for documentary development, and will produce a short documentary about an in their community. The Goal is for them to: 1). To demonstrate strong writing and storytelling skills that meet professional expectations in broadcast journalism or documentary filmmaking; 2). To demonstrate the ability to analyze current TV market conditions and business models and to evaluate the marketability and viability of their skills and creative work within that market; 3). To demonstrate the ability to use technology and film craft skills cinematography, videography, sound, editing to enhance story as it grows from the written word (script) to a finished, visual story; and 4). To demonstrate the ability to work in a professional, collaborative environment appropriate to broadcast news or documentary filmmaking.

Why This Course Is Important:

Broadcast documentaries bring focus to existing topics. they provide analysis and commentary of aspects of society. Scribes in ancient Israel were learned men whose business was to study the Law, transcribe it, and write commentaries on it. They were also hired on occasions when the need for a written document arose or when an interpretation of a legal point was needed. Ezra, a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, was a scribe (Ezra 7:6). The scribes took their job of preserving Scripture very seriously; they would copy and recopy the Bible meticulously, even counting letters and spaces to ensure each copy was correct. This level of verification is important in all categories of journalism.