Radio Courses - Spring 2013
Class Dates: A seven week mini-course that will provide students with basic skills that will help them understand building a freelance career; copyright, grants, accounting,taxes and insurance, pay, query letters and life questions that freelancers face. Taught by faculty member Ken Light with guest lecturers each discussing real life issues and solutions from the world of writing, documentary film, photography, cultural and magazine reporting and new media. Guest lecturers will be Andy Gilbert who has covered music, modern dance and film and is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union-Tribune and Contra Costa Times. His CD reviews air monthly on KQED's "California Report.", Elizabeth Fishel who has written for Vogue,New York Magazine, Redbook as well as four books and Dan Krauss a film director and cinematographer nominated for an Academy Award, and who has also worked as a professional photojournalist for nearly a decade, shooting assignments thought the US, as well as in Africa and the Middle East.
An introduction to the legal and ethical conflicts faced by working reporters. Half of the semester will concentrate on First Amendment and media law, including libel and slander, privacy, free press/fair trial conflicts, and civil lawsuits arising from controversial reporting methods. The remainder of the semester will focus on ethical dilemmas faced by reporters and editors. Using case studies, in-class argument, readings and guest lecturers, the course examines some of the murkier conflicts that don?t necessarily make it to court but nevertheless force difficult newsroom decision-making.
Write conversationally! Write powerfully!! Write for Radio!!! Hone your writing skills; learn how to be a narrator; tell stories with sound. J-275 is a hands-on, intensive preparation for the real world. Students are required to cover general news stories and produce a weekly half-hour magazine program on deadline including a live newscast. In addition, students create weekly news features many of which have been picked up for local and national broadcast. Students rotate among assignments as anchor, reporter and producer. You learn how to build a newscast, write for radio, read for radio, and how to use digital technology to produce audio that engages the listener. Be prepared for hard, but rewarding work that develops skills transferable to any medium!
J294 is a 2 semester course (1 unit/Fall, 1 unit/Spring). You must register for both semesters and it must be taken for a grade. ADVISER CCN# Bergman 48192 Bieder 48234 Calo 48213 Else 48195 Drummond 48201 Gorney 48207 Grabowicz 48210 Kahn 48219 Koci Hernandez 48231 LIght 48216 Pollan 48204 Rasky 48222 Rue 48228
Students receive one or two units of credit for the internships. Documentation required from both the student and from supervisor regarding internship responsibilities, hours, etc. Second Year Students will sign up for this class to receive credit for their summer internship requirement.
Get involved in the community. Strengthen your interviewing skills. Develop an on-air persona (or not.) Follow up on your J-200 stories. Get real-life, professional, broadcasting experience! In Spring 2012, a new, weekly, half-hour Public Affairs program produced at the J-School will begin on Cumulus radio stations in the Bay Area. Be part of the creation of a new tradition and add four commercial radio stations to your resume: KFOG, KSAN, KNBR 680 and 1050. Each week, a team of J-students will produce a 30-minute program designed to inform local residents about important work being done in the community. Students have the opportunity to research topics of interest, find local spokespeople, interview interesting guests, and contribute to this on-going series. Students who desire to be on-air will have the opportunity to find their own voice. Some students will act as interviewers; others as researchers, directors and producers. Work where you are most comfortable. The programs can be as complex as RADIOLAB or as sparse as FRESH AIR. It's up to you. No audio experience is needed - just the desire to get interview subjects to tell their stories and to contribute to the well-being of the Bay Area.