Week 1 (12/2): Intro to News Conference

Reporters and editors put their heads together. Picture: 13winds/Flickr/CC

BY MARK GATELY

Welcome to News Conference

Journalism is a series of team efforts that results in the reader, listener or viewer being alerted, informed or entertained by a story.

“If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work. Now who wants that?” ― fantasy and science fiction novelist Matthew Woodring Stover

The first and most important in the process of generating a publication or broadcast is the news conference where the editor or executive producer presides over a meeting in which staff gather to pitch for a spot on the news list, generate ideas and allocate jobs.

That, in a nutshell, is what we will be doing in this class.

And it won’t just be play-acting in a simulated environment with teachers grading your assignments.

You will form the teams that produce content for Off Campus media with particular focus on the weekly radio show which will got to air at 11am on Fridays.

Here’s a peek into the planning process as portrayed in The Newsroom.

An illustration of a passionate story pitch from the same show.

And here’s Broadcast News riding the adrenalin rush of hitting a deadline.

Class each week will kick off with a joint meeting between the journalism, radio and live socials classes.

Important things to note:

  • The combined meeting will last approximately 15 minutes
  • It will start on time so don’t be late
  • Come prepared
  • Pay attention
  • Get involved

Once that’s done the three classes will go their separate ways and get down to work.

This class is the definition of practical: you pitch stories, you write stories, you present stories.

You will be assessed on:

  • A portfolio of the work you will produce each week in class
  • An end-of-semester reflection on your work

The first assessment task is due in Week 9. It is vital that you consult the subject guide soon, and often, because if you wait until Week 7 or 8 to get serious you will be in big trouble.

TASK

Research story ideas for next week’s class so that you are ready to pitch.

Author: veritychambers

Journalist and teacher

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