What you'll be doing
Read, Watch and Listen
You'll be expected to watch the news and know the details of important current events at local, state, national and international levels.
Become a media consumer!
In professional settings you will often be writing about events that require familiarity with current events. As part of your class preparation, you should be reading newspapers and current events magazines, check out online news sources, listen to radio news (NPR especially) and, of course, watch television news.
will be evaluated based on your level of participation in class, your
professionalism, the content, execution and creativity of your work and professionalism, which includes meeting deadlines. However, simply fulfilling these
requirements will not earn you an A. To get an A you need to do
Exemplary work, not just in your efforts, but also in your
Exemplary work is going beyond what's required
Exemplary work means going the extra mile and taking ownership of your lessons and responsibilities; It means that you've taken the initiative to go beyond what is required, to produce work that adheres strongly to the
standards of broadcast excellence. Many of you probably considered that
the ultimate end point to this class is employment. But there are
thousands of other students who want the same job that you want.
Therefore, to be successful you need to spend time and energy, learning
your craft. But let us agree on what constitutes this effort and how
much of it is necessary to get an A.
up for class and participating in its activities is important to make
the course work meaningful. Showing up regularly, and on time, doubly
so. Attendance and course performance are highly correlated. Your
presence in class also means that you're contributing to the collaborative effort that is NewsTeam Boulder.
But not showing up or being consistently late reflects
poorly on your professionalism. It's not tolerated in the workplace and it's definitely not tolerated here. The bottom line is that you're responsible for your own
education, but it's unlikely that you'll get a high grade if your
attendance is poor. We're
sympathetic to personal problems that can sometimes get in the way of your
studies and attendance. You can talk with us in confidence and we can
try to arrange some form of accommodation.
- Be respectful of others. The students who are your peers today will be your work colleagues tomorrow. Don't burn your bridges before you even get started. Distracting students who take their education seriously will not be tolerated. Coming to class late, not bothering to listen to the lecture while shopping online, chatting on Facebook or watching funny animal fails on YouTube - that's a distraction to others (and to us) and it's also disrespectful.
- When you
work in group projects, make sure that you respond to e-mails and phone
calls promptly, and that you don't keep your teammates waiting when they
designate a time and place to meet.
- Do the assignments and meet the deadlines. Deadlines are vital in NewsTeam. Missing a deadline will mean an automatic reduction in your overall grade. Assignments serve to help you develop your skills, but they also provide lessons in time management. The end product of your efforts is what the audience (and potential employers) will see. It's expected that you demonstrate not just knowledge of the course content, but also that you're acquiring competencies. Getting late starts on your assignments could result in halfhearted efforts that contribute to a lack of quality.
to know your profession by monitoring what professionals are doing.
Watch the news, watch documentaries and even go to movies. There are
many videos on YouTube that will help you study your chosen craft.
Reporting to work and completing assignments on time requires professionalism. In this class, you will be held to the same expectations as those expected in any job or profession. In addition, teamwork is crucial to the broadcast business. When working with partners, you are expected to exercise professionalism, which means you must be punctual and reliable. Mutual respect and cooperation are of the essence. Try to coordinate schedules when working as a team and be considerate of other people’s deadlines. Plan ahead for your project. Never leave projects until the last possible minute.
ABOUT LATE WORK
Extensions are granted only if there is a compelling reason. However, one of your learning objectives is that you develop efficient time management skills. The quality of your work depends on whether you give yourself enough time to do it. Your effort is considered in the grade, but the end product shows whether you fully understand the material. We welcome your questions and will gladly offer help if you ask for it. But for the most part, late work will not be accepted because late work doesn't get aired.