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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - JOU6135

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-01-01
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Needs to be removed as a special topics course and made into a permanent course
Comments: USF-SP approved 4/29/13. To USF Sys 5/23/13. To SCNS 5/31/13. MMC 6135 Appd as JOU 6135 eff 1/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2955 2012-10-09
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Journalism and Media Studies AP STP 10000 511247 000000 0000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Deni Elliott 7278734881

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    JOU 6135 Video Storytelling 1

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Video Storytelling 1
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Best practices multimedia shots, audio, post-production editing, industry work flows, the craft of storytelling through a lens, interviewing and scripting techniques will be emphasized. Beginning Reporting or professional news writing experience required.

  3. Justification

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

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    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?

    This is a practical course that helps students get good paying jobs in multiple industries where strategic information needs to be communicated to a mass audience through the use of multimedia using a digital video camera.

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

    Yes, 3 or more times

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

    Industry experience is essential and more important than a doctorate as best practices cannot be learned and by extension taught from a book.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    • Gain practical experience in digital video production and post-production methods especially for distributing news reports via the Web -- core concept: technology

    • Explore how video storytelling methods enhance the communication process -- core concepts: critical thinking and writing

    • Create a reel on DVD that showcases key technical and storytelling components -- core concept: technology

    • Create one polished 3-4 minute news report on the assigned subject at a quality level that is appropriate for professional publication -- core concept: critical thinking

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Through lecture, discussion, demonstrations, experiential exercises and hands-on assignments, students will have the opportunity to learn the techniques and work flows for achieving professional quality video news reports following industry best practices as taught by the National Press Photographers Association. The crafting of 90/120/180-second news videos from the same raw footage; mixing voice overs with on-camera interviews; editing choices in post production such as pacing, transitions, title or info slides, color correction, compression options, and audio mixing will be covered. Working solo and in small groups, students will have the opportunity to learn video storytelling as they complete their semester video project on the assigned subject. Students are responsible for narrowing the broad subject down to an appropriate topic.

    C. Major Topics

    • industry best practices

    • pre-production planning techniques: interviewing and research, storyboarding and shot lists

    • audio: natural sound; interviewing; mixing

    • scripting

    • titles and lower thirds

    • short news packages for daily turnaround

    • creating a reel for interviews, freelance clients and grant applications

    D. Textbooks

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Class building projects:

    1. mic boom pole rig with shotgun mic holder:



    2. light kit: Deb’s design, approx. $50

    3. steady-cam rig (see images at right):

    4. tri-pod dolly:

    5. dolly track and ties

    Sample videos for viewing and discussion:

    The archives of the Playtpus workshops at:

    • a 32GB thumb drive or external, Mac formatted hard drive

    • four DVD-R blanks

    • one roll of painter's tape

    • one-quarter sheet of white foam core

    • access to a high definition video camera for the semester OR be prepared to follow the borrowing policies of the campus library if you intend to use the standard definition tape-based school cameras; also, if you use the school cameras, you will need to purchase your own blank tapes

    • a light kit assembled from components available at home improvement stores -- approximate cost is $50

    • high-speed access to the internet

    • access to Final Cut X (a Mac-only application), Adobe Premiere, or the department's Mac Lab based on the schedule of open lab availability

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    • mid-term progress of components 1-8 -- see part X, below. (20%)

    • mid-term critique for each of your peers (10%)

    • leading a crew of one or more on one shoot session plus a time sheet and participation record filled out by you for each crew member (10%)

    • final critique for each of your peers (10%)

    • class participation and attendance (10%)

    • polished portfolio of components 1-9 -- see part X, below -- on DVD (40%)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    1. scriptwriting

    2. story boarding and shooting schedule

    3. shots

    4. audio

    5. voice overs

    6. titles (static and moving)

    7. lower thirds and bugs (branding)

    8. credits (static and moving)

    9. a finished, 3-4 minute video news (feature) report on the subject you are assigned

    10. portfolio of components 1 - 9, plus outtakes on DVD

    The following items are included in your course participation score:

    a. leading a crew of one or more on one shoot session, plus timesheets/participation records (leadership)

    b. in-depth peer and instructor critiques twice during the semester

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). 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,

    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: (

    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 teacher will adjust course requirements for individuals with special needs or for those who experience rare acts of God or Murphy’s Law such as a death in the family or a house fire. If you feel as though you are experiencing a rare circumstance at any time during the semester, talk with the teacher as soon as possible. This is the same level of rigor your editor or supervisor will expect from you in the professional world. Students who are allowed make-up work are still held accountable for adhering to the USF Policy on Academic Integrity (

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Journalism and Media Studies

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Any major that requires students to tell multimedia stories to a mass audience either through broadcast or Web platforms.

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