• Broadcast Journalism 2020/2021 Syllabus

    Broadcast Journalism

    Instructor: Paul LaCasse


    (925) 473-2390 ext. 7730


    Hello Students and Parents:

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 (virtual) school year! Things will be somewhat different for this course during the remote-learning format. Traditionally this course would be more hands-on, however, during remote-learning we will study the basics of story reporting and writing. Once we transition to a hybrid or in-person setting, this syllabus will change to encompass other components of this course.



    Broadcast Journalism is a broadcasting class designed to help students develop a groundwork in different forms of media, including, writing, videography, broadcasting, and public speaking. The course will have two main focuses. The first is to help students learn how to write and report well-balanced, comprehensive, and visually compelling packages by learning how to interview, write, shoot, report, and edit stories. 

    Hopefully, we can utilize these skills in a hands-on environment when we return to school. This transitional part of the course will focus on running the Pirate TV Studio. Students will learn how to operate different jobs during newscasts, such as running the camera, Tricaster, Teleprompter, and even anchoring. The students’ work and Daily newscasts (PTV) will be aired for the school to see. 


    As a result of this class, you will be able to: 

    • Comprehend broadcast journalism terminology 
    • Anchor a newscast 
    • Construct news/sports scripts 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of various camera angles and shots 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of running the Teleprompter 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of anchoring the weather 
    • Learn to edit footage/newscasts 
    • Interview subjects 
    • Create a news package 
    • Compose blog entries 




    Methods used will include, but not be limited to, Mini-Lectures, Video Examples

    Group Projects, Written Assignments, Quizzes, and Class Discussion.



    There are 4 Categories everything in this class falls into:

    50% Daily Participation

    A total of 25 participation points every week, normally broken into 5 points per day. Students are expected to actively participate in group work, class discussions, and projects.

    30% Assignments/Projects

    Each project will have a grading rubric based on specific criteria.

    20% Test and Quizzes


    *Please note: State Requirements for participation have changed during this Virtual Learning Phase of Education. Virtual Interaction on a Daily Basis is required and your daily participation/attendance is important and will  be graded as such.



    For those interested: Community Service can be obtained by filming school events. Extra Credit can be obtained by filming/editing personal projects or editing the filmed school events to be aired on PTV Daily Announcements.




    Please be on Time: and ready to engage during your allotted class time.

    The Zoom Class will be posted daily.

    During those times, your camera will need to be on for verification purposes – you

    do not need to be on video during lectures/notes, classwork otherwise unless you choose


    Please Be Respectful: (of others, self, and property): use appropriate language, treat items well, use supplies appropriately only, avoid vulgarities and obscenities, be kind to others. This applies

    to audio, visual, as well as written documentation. You will be muted, video screen blocked,

    and potentially removed from the class live meeting if you are not being respectful and a

    parent communication will occur. Other consequences as warranted will be determined on

    a case by case basis.

    Be Positive as this is new to All of Us: Logging in and engaging is part of your success.Do your best to be on task and focused during the entirety of class daily. Reminder, if you are not asking or answering questions, contributing to class discussions, and uploading your work to google classroom – you are not participating at your best.