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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - JOU6361

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-04-04
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: USF STPT approved; To USF Inst fo rconcurrence. SCNS approved effective 3/1/11. Prefix/number changed from MMC 6xxx to JOU 6361


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2438 2010-12-13
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Mass Communications AP 120100
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Mark Walters 7278734544 mjw@mail.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    JOU 6361 Digital Video Production

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Digital Video Production
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    None

    Corequisites

    None

    Course Description

    Shooting quality online video for news reports is a skill each modern journalist should know. You will hone your critical thinking skills while becoming familiar with what comprises a publishable news video for online use. Hands-on learning is included.


  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed to compete with national trends

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Most journalism schools (let alone the journalism profession) have utterly failed to keep up with the rapid changes in technologies and values that have redefined the field of professional journalism. Retrofitting old approaches to create new understandings and insights has proven insufficient. Entirely new models and approaches to the remade profession are required. This new course will explicitly direct and support students in integrating all these technologies and approaches into an applied work of digital journalism. This course will be part of the essential training for journalists in the digital era.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    No

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Professional experience in new digital online media, especially in the convergence of various forms of media. Online teaching experience is also required.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    • TECHNOLOGY: Fundamentals of shooting and editing original news style online videos shot with a point-and-shoot digital video camera will be covered (i.e. Flip Ultra HD). It is strongly suggested that students use a Flip-style digital video camera for this part of the course as it records to internal memory rather than tape. The cost of a Flip camera is similar to purchasing a high-end college textbook. Hands-on exercises will measure skills, knowledge and use of critical thinking such as content and voice-over choices.

    • EDITING: Fundamentals for editing file video for online use from a point-and-shoot digital video camera will be covered (i.e. Flip Ultra HD). Hands-on exercises will measure skills, knowledge and use of critical thinking such as editorial news judgment.

    • VISUAL LITERACY: Comprehensive critiques of digital video for online news reports by professionals, worldwide, will help you to identify current best practices.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will learn:

    • The mission of video news photography in online news reports

    • How to be innovators in the industry

    • Copyright and fair use

    • Editing best practices with Final Cut from an ethical standpoint

    • Best practice methods for common video shots for online news reports, such as:

    -- extreme close-up -- close-up

    -- medium -- wide

    -- panning, push or pull focus -- transition

    -- over the shoulder -- point of view

    • Camera settings for prosumer or pro-level video gear

    • Organizing a shoot / production and post-production for an online video news report

    • What it takes to be a mobile online videographer

    • Managing online video shooters and their gear

    • Opportunities and trends in online video photojournalism

    C. Major Topics

    • Visual storytelling with video for online news reports

    • News photo ethics for online video with 21st Century technology

    • Types of cameras, lenses, tripods, lights, mics, bags and other useful gear

    • Lighting tips and tricks

    • Composition best practices -- “guideline of thirds,” diagonals and curves

    • Camera settings for prosumer or pro-level video gear

    • The mission of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

    • Methods for displaying news video online:

    -- single video -- gallery -- hosting options

    -- compression -- sizing -- SD vs HD flavors

    D. Textbooks

    1. Mark Briggs. Journalism Next. $21.95 ISBN: 978-1-60426-560-6

    Available through CQ Press: http://www.cqpress.com/product/Briggs.html

    2. Mark Briggs. Journalism 2.0, How to Survive and Thrive:

    A Digital Literacy Guide for the Information Age

    FREE at -- http://www.kcnn.org/resources/journalism_20 download the PDF

    3. Associated Press Stylebook, current edition -- This is available for free

    to registered students through the USFSP Library via Blackboard

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Flip Ultra HD (high definition). Each Flip camera comes with very basic editing software that works on a Windows or Mac computer. You may substitute equipment and software.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Written critiques

    Point value for each: 50

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %

    Hands-on exercises

    Point value for each: 100

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %

    Final project

    Point value for each: 300

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %

    online ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION --

    Total point value: 100

    Percentage of total course grade: 10 %

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Written critiques

    Point value for each: 50

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %

    Hands-on exercises

    Point value for each: 100

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %

    Final project

    Point value for each: 300

    Total point value: 300

    Percentage of total course grade: 30 %

    online ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION --

    Total point value: 100

    Percentage of total course grade: 10 %

    H. Attendance Policy

    First Day online "attendance" is required.

    Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/ogc%20web/currentreg.htm)

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    The deadlines for graded assignments, activities and extra credit assignments are firm except where falling under university guidelines. Failing to turn in graded work by a deadline will otherwise result in a letter grade of F and a point score of zero for the assignment. Extra credit opportunities and score values will be posted regularly in Blackboard throughout the semester. Any extra credit work submitted that is less than a solid B will receive zero points.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Journalism and Media Studies


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    NA



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