Maricopa Community Colleges  JRN212   19956-20056 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 04/23/91
JRN212 19956-20056 L+L 3 Credit(s) 5 Period(s)
Broadcast Writing
Writing techniques for basic broadcast scripts: promotions, commercials, public service announcements, news leads, news stories, audio and video, sports, weather, traffic checks, five-minute newscasts, reports, using broadcast style rules. Prerequisites: MCO120 and ENG101.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
JRN212   19956-20056 Broadcast Writing
1. Use journalistic ethics when writing and reporting for broadcast media. (I)
2. Demonstrate broadcast style of writing in raw story production and rewrites. (II)
3. Demonstrate writing broadcast leads and news stories using correct grammatical and structural rules. (III)
4. Analyze and write commercial and public service announcements for radio and television. (IV)
5. Correlate audio with video in commercials and with animation. (IV)
6. Develop and write copy for use in editorials, commentaries and documentaries. (V)
7. Demonstrate interview techniques for use in front of and off camera. (VI)
8. Develop and write copy for use on talk shows disc-jockey programs, comedy shows, and 5-minute news casts. (VII)
9. Rewrite and edit copy using broadcast journalism mechanical style. (VIII)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
JRN212   19956-20056 Broadcast Writing
    I. Broadcast Journalism
        A. Journalistic ethics
        B. Broadcast code of ethics
        C. Ethical problems
        D. Public's right to know
      II. Broadcast Style of Writing
          A. Associated Press Style book
          B. Broadcast style rules
          C. Broadcast writing techniques
          D. Broadcast style vs. newspaper style
            1. Newspaper rewrites
            2. Raw material
        III. Writing Leads and News stories
            A. Grammar
            B. Common grammatical errors
            C. Sentence structure
            D. Lead
              1. Subject and verb object
              2. Update rewrite
              3. Contrast
            E. News story
          IV. Commercial and Public Service Announcement
              A. Ten-to-thirty second commercial
              B. Public-Service correlation
              C. Audio-video correlation
              D. Animation copy
            V. Station Points of View
                A. Professional editorials
                B. Civic matters
                C. Editorial writing
                D. Commentary writing
                E. Documentary writing
              VI. Interviewing News Makers
                  A. Interview
                    1. techniques
                    2. preparation
                  B. Off-camera and make interviews
                  C. On-camera and before make interviews
                VII. Specialized Writing
                    A. Continuity
                    B. Copy for talk shows
                    C. Copy for disc jockey programs
                    D. Copy for comedy shows
                    E. Five-minute news casts
                    F. Weather
                    G. Sports
                    H. Station identification
                    I. Promotion
                    J. Traffic
                  VIII. Copy Rewrite and Editing
                      A. Broadcast journalism mechanical style
                      B. English skills review
                      C. Accuracy and brevity
                      D. Impact and dramatic effect
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