NewsTeam is not your traditional class. There will be no mid-term or final exam, or any exams! For
most of the semester, your time will be devoted to producing content
for the newscasts and website, which you can use to build your own professional portfolio. This class demands a fairly big time commitment, but the investment will pay off when your work gets reocgnized by potential employers!
Be prepared to make a significant time commitment to NewsTeam
Weeks 1-3 - NewsTeam Boot Camp
All students will meet the first three weeks of the semester on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Except for the last week of boot camp, we'll plan to start class at 9am on Tuesday and Thursday, and then 1p on Friday. The "boot camp" includes a refresher on photography and editing skills, producing, writing and reporting. Additionally, students will be exposed to Web basics, EZ News software, and there will be opportunities to practice on-air performance in the ATLAS studio.
Week 4 - Dress Rehearsals
Following the boot camp, students will get the opportunity to do dress rehearsals before they go live. From this week forward, students will work according to their assigned rotations.
Between 1p and 3p, the producers, anchors and reporters will be required to attend Friday class. The instructors will meet with you to evaluate your work and provide helpful feedback for improvement. In addition, reporters will need to come in to pitch their story ideas or bring in scripts for approval. Fridays are also reserved for guest speaker sessions and important class meetings. These sessions will be announced in advance.
Weeks 5 - 15
We go LIVE! on Tuesdays and Thursdays with class starting at 7:30am! Yes, we know that's early, but trust us, you'll need the time to put the newscast together. The only exception to our newscast schedule might be during Election Coverage when the regularly-scheduled newscast is either eliminated or its format modified. Otherwise, the newscast becomes the routine for the remainder of the semester.
On a few occasions, NewsTeam will produce special presentations:
- Sports Coverage - NewsTeam has two passes to cover CU varsity sports events. The passes are issued to us for the entire year, so when you use them it is of utmost importance that you keep track of them and return them as soon as you are finished with them.
- Election Night (Fall Semester) - NewsTeam will produce a live Election Night show on Election Day in early November. Teams of anchors and reporters will provide updated coverage on election results along with interviews of key players.
- Conference on World Affairs (Spring Semester) - NewsTeam reports on events at the Conference on World Affairs. During our regular newscast reporters have the opportunity to do live shots in the field via cable hook-ups from key positions on campus.
Weeks 1-3 "Boot Camp"
You will review writing and reporting techniques, the use of digital editing equipment, camera operations and web basics. You will also learn the basics of show producing using EZNews software. Each student will also practice on-air performance in the ATLAS studio. During the week before we start live newscasts, we will have dress rehearsals.
class attendance is not required during Friday sessions. Only those
people who produced and anchored that week and the reporters who have
stories to pitch are required to meet. We will review the shows and
evaluate the anchors and producers, providing constructive feedback.
Reporters will also use Fridays to pitch their story ideas and submit
scripts for review. However, on occasion, Fridays will be set aside for
guest speaker appearances and other special activities that will require
full class attendance. But for the most part, Fridays will be set aside
for students to do production work on their stories.
NewsTeam has two media passes to cover CU varsity sports. Check them out in Paul’s office. Please remember that whenever you are out on news or sports stories, you represent NewsTeam, the journalism program and the university. We expect you to dress and act professionally. The media passes must be returned on time. They are not to be given to anyone outside of NewsTeam. Students who wear the pass at sports events must be seen by officials as working rather than spectating.