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Course Curriculum

J288 Digital TV and the World: CHINA

Location Time Instuctor(s) CCN Section Units Fee Enrollment
B-1 North Gate MW 10:00-12:00 Todd Carrel,   Christopher Beaver 48189 1 4 No 6

Learn the basics of reporting for video web and broadcast coverage that focuses on slice-of-life and trend stories in America and abroad. Produce thoughtful works for distribution on the web, over the air, on mobile devices, and DVDs. The class will teach students to work with small format cameras and explore an array of storytelling techniques and editing styles. We aim to contribute to the development of a new corps of competent and dedicated digital journalists who can use electronic tools skillfully and function easily in the new multimedia workplace.
Students will learn to listen carefully to the voices of their subjects -- first Chinese and Chinese Americans in California, then people in China. Each student will produce at least two reports crafted for sites or other outlets (Think New York Times, Washington Post, NewsHour, NPR.)
Students will learn the rudiments of digital production, reporting, and editing. The training will emphasize solid reporting, clear expression and original storytelling. This is a rigorous and time-consuming course.
We wish to assemble a team of mature and dedicated players to create penetrating multimedia, cross-platform reports and compelling presentations that include data visualization and experiment with mobile media distribution styles. We encourage applications from Chinese speakers, those with a commitment to reporting in Asia, at least one student with still photography skills, one with radio reporting skills, one with DVD production experience or interest, and at least one student with strong skills in building Web sites and online news packages, mobile reporting, or Flash or equivalent. We also encourage graduate students from the Group in Asian Studies, Anthropology, Political Science and other disciplines with a focus on China and a strong interest in journalism to apply. The course is designed to be taken in tandem with J298 Reporting on China.
Select students who successfully complete the courses will be eligible to join a summer professional reporting practicum in China with the independent, non-profit, Center for Digital TV and the World.
NOTE: The reportage for the China practicum will take place for about a month between May 15 and June 15. Participation by permission of the Center for Digital TV and the World only.

Restrictions and Prerequisites:
This course is for graduate students only. Enrollment will be competitive and based on the merit of the application which will be administered by Student Affairs and with permission by the dean and consent of the instructor. A travel kit will be required for all admitted students. All interested students can attend special meetings from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Friday, October 21 in B-1 or on Tuesday, October 25 in Upper Newsroom, and make a separate appointment to meet the instructor before the application is due. The instructor will introduce the course, its requirements, its workload, its costs, and the possibility of participating in the summer overseas practicum. To more fully understand the course and its professional output, they should attend the Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 pm screening of the most recent class project on Korea and Koreans in America. COST ESTIMATES: Purchases of equipment, software and supplies for this course and the practicum can be expensive. Generally, students arrive with their own Apple MacBook Pro laptops ($2,100), which they use throughout their time at the J-School. They must buy a license for Final Cut Pro editing software ($300). They also must buy mini-DV tape stock ($300) and personal hard drives ($100 to $450). Some also buy Adobe CS5 or other software for infographics and photo editing. Students pay for local transportation and food. Those admitted to the practicum in China can expect to spend the same amount or less on food and transportation as they would in Berkeley.

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