Video Journalism

Courses

J219 MINI: Associate Producer (4 weeks) 2/6 – 3/6. No class on 2/20.

The Associate Producer is a crucial job in any documentary and television magazine production. The AP is called upon to fulfill a wide range of duties: reporting, logistical planning, budget management, archival acquisition, organizing deliverables, and managing personalities—and each one has to be executed with precision for the project to be successful. Each week, instructors and guests will screen clips and discuss all the variables they had to consider in order to help bring the scenes or projects to fruition. Students will be given assignments based on that week’s lecture and discussion: plan an international shoot for your crew, organize a schedule, figure out insurance challenges, budget the project, report on aspects of the story, and others.

J219 Picture and Sound

J219 is a required course for all second year long-form TV and documentary students. Classes are a combination of lecture and in-class exercises, and grades are based on attendance and quizzes. There are no outside assignments. This class is required for second year TV/Doc Students.

J219 Videography

This course is designed to supplement J219 Picture and Sound, with advanced topics in documentary videography and lighting. The weekly meetings alternate between lecture/demonstrations, workshops, and guest presentations. We will explore topics such as green screen videography, backgrounds, shooting in extreme environments, composition, shooting in wet and cold environments, car rigs, time lapse, lighting and solo shooting. This course is for Second Year TV/Doc and advance multi media students students only.

J282 Intro to Visual Journalism – Section 3

This course is designed to enable students who are not pursuing the New Media Sequence to explore online narratives as they are designed, produced and consumed. Students will learn to create high-quality, multi-platform stories with video, photos and audio.

J282 Intro to Visual Journalism -Section 4

This required fall semester course explores narratives as they are designed, produced and consumed in various digital forms. Building on the basic skills introduced in the Multimedia Bootcamps, students develop proficiency in multimedia equipment and digital editing programs so they can create high-quality, multi-platform stories for the J200 Reporting the News classes and beyond.

J282 Intro to Visual Journalism – Section 1

This required Fall semester course explores narratives as they are designed, produced and consumed in various digital forms. Building on the basic skills introduced in the Multimedia Bootcamps, students develop proficiency in multimedia equipment and digital editing programs so they can create high-quality, multi-platform stories for the J200 Reporting the News classes and beyond.

J282 Intro to Visual Journalism – Section 2

This required Fall semester course explores narratives as they are designed, produced and consumed in various digital forms. Building on the basic skills introduced in the Multimedia Bootcamps, students develop proficiency in multimedia equipment and digital editing programs so they can create high-quality, multi-platform stories for the J200 Reporting the News classes and beyond.

J283 Video Reporting and Storytelling (for first year students) – Section 1

J283 is the second part of a two-semester sequence that serves as Advanced Video Reporting and Storytelling across platforms. Students gain proficiency in reporting, writing, producing and digital shooting and editing. It is a production laboratory course where students report and produce breaking news and news feature stories. In the second half of the semester, students produce longer form video stories, several of which have appeared on major television programs or video websites. Original content and storytelling approaches are encouraged throughout.

J283 Video Reporting and Storytelling (for first year students) – Section 2

J283 is the second part of a two-semester sequence that serves as Advanced Video Reporting and Storytelling across platforms. Students gain proficiency in reporting, writing, producing and digital shooting and editing. It is a production laboratory course where students report and produce breaking news and news feature stories. In the second half of the semester, students produce longer form video stories, several of which have appeared on major television programs or video websites. Original content and storytelling approaches are encouraged throughout.

J285 Longform Video Reporting and Storytelling (for second year students)

The course is a two-semester, second-year production seminar in which students develop, produce and direct work that comprises their Master’s Projects in TV reporting or video storytelling. The primary emphasis is on production of rigorously reported stories of high editorial and technical quality, intended for multi-platform distribution. Students hone their visual storytelling skills by crafting and critiquing pitches, scripts and rough cuts and workshopping production and story problems.

J285 Longform Video Reporting and Storytelling (for second year students)

The course is a two-semester, second-year production seminar in which students develop, produce and direct work that comprises their Master’s Projects in TV reporting or video storytelling. The primary emphasis is on production of rigorously reported stories of high editorial and technical quality, intended for multi-platform distribution. Students hone their visual storytelling skills by crafting and critiquing pitches, scripts and rough cuts and workshopping production and story problems.

Instructors

Andrés Cediel

Permanent FacultyFaculty - Visual Journalism

Betsy Rate

Lecturer

Betsy Rate began her journalism career with a hammer and a tape measure as a production assistant for a Bill Moyers PBS series. As an Emmy-nominated producer for various PBS and network news magazines, Betsy’s investigated a range of subjects from the economics of college sports to the evolution of American HIV/AIDS policies.
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Mike Shen

LecturerLecturer

Paula Neudorf

LecturerLecturer

Richard Koci Hernandez

Permanent FacultyAssociate Professor

Richard Koci Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award-winning innovator in journalism and multimedia. He is a national Emmy award winning multimedia producer who worked as a visual journalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years.
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Samantha Grant

LecturerContinuing Lecturer / Documentary Filmmaker

Samantha Grant is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist & educator who specializes in thought-provoking, character-driven stories rooted in journalism. Through her company GUSH productions, Sam creates content for clients including ABC, PBS, CNN, MTV, NPR, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World, and Al Jazeera International.
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Zachary Stauffer

LecturerProducer, Investigative Reporting Program

Description

At a time when broadcast news is undergoing rapid change, and new forms of visual journalism are emerging across digital platforms, we seek to challenge and train a new generation of journalists to find innovative, creative and journalistically responsible ways of reporting and producing news using video and sound.

The introductory visual journalism class (J282) is required of all students. It covers basic videography and editing using Adobe Premiere, and reporting and producing the short video news piece. Editorially, our focus is on reporting the visual story, story development,and writing. J283, in the spring semester is a continuation of J282, but with a pronounced deadline-based production focus. We produce various forms of video news both in broadcast and digital style. More complex technologies are introduced. The emphasis is on developing the producer/director’s craft through practise and repetition. The work load is heavy. Students produce segments every two or three weeks. the last 5 weeks of the semester is devoted to producing longer, more complex stories

J-School is much more than an intellectual exercise: It's a trade school, and I went there to learn a craft. At Berkeley, everything was hands on. I picked up cameras, worked as a sound person, spent endless hours editing, and reported, reported, reported. I graduated with a solid skill set that helped me land a job as a TV news producer in a top ten market. I went on to become a local news reporter, and eventually ended up in my current job at ABC News as White House Correspondent for Good Morning America. At Berkeley, I learned how to get the story, how to tell it ethically, and perhaps most importantly, how to get it on the air on time. Those are talents I rely on to this day. 
—Yunji de Nies, ABC News Correspondent

Students report, write, shoot, structure, and produce hard news and news feature stories, half-hour news programs and TV news magazine programs. All programs are cablecast on Berkeley Community Media, Channel 25 and UCTV. Students have won numerous student Emmys for their work, and many of their stories have aired on state and national PBS stations, commercial stations and national news Web sites. Students also keep a Vimeo group account, view their recent work here and see an archive of student work.

Visual journalism students have traveled widely in search of compelling stories, from urban and rural neighborhoods of Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Ohio, to remote villages and cities in China, Vietnam, Cuba, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, France, and Eastern Europe.

All production is done digital using Panasonic HPX-3100, HPX-500 P2 tapeless HD cameras, compact Sony NX70s and Canon 5D MarkIII and Canon 7D DSLRs. Audio production is recorded using Schoeps, Sanken and Sennheiser microphones as well as wireless and wired Sony and Lectronics equipment. We use digital audio recorders such as the Tascam and Zoom h4N when doing dual-audio recording, and Sound Devices 302 and Shure mixers for multi-channel input. Lighting for production utilizes HMI, tungsten, and LED lighting equipment. We have dedicated one or our 2nd year edit rooms to be a finishing room for color correction with AVID Symphony and DaVinci's Resolve software. We offer a Storage Area Network (SAN) for student project backup.

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