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Pre-Course Department Underview

by: Ron Robinson

Pre-Course Department Underview Tvr 024

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At the time of this writing, the class first meets after the coming weekend. This is an 'underview' from a student who is new to the department, having only completed a single class in the departm...
Electronic Newsgathering
Com s
Study Guide
Department, Politics
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This 1 page Study Guide was uploaded by Ron Robinson on Friday August 26, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to Tvr 024 at Pasadena City College taught by Com s in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 8 views. For similar materials see Electronic Newsgathering in TV & Radio at Pasadena City College.

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Date Created: 08/26/16
TVR 024/71329 Electronic Newsgathering   Instructor: Jamey T. Combs  TV & Radio/Communications ­ Pasadena City College  Tue/Thu 7:00pm ­ Classes Start: 8/29/2016    Classes have not started yet for the fall term at PCC, but I thought some general/departmental notes about the  TVR department at PCC might be useful as viewed by a new, yet ‘non­traditional’ student.  I call this an  ‘underview’ because they are first impressions of the department from a student who has taken just one class in  the department last term and is enrolled to start his second class in less than a week.    I took my first TVR class (TVR 7 Beginning TV Studio Production) at PCC in the spring of 2016 while also  performing duties as the National Digital Director for a campaign that successfully drafted a candidate into the  2016 presidential election.  My professional interest was scaling up fast around TV production as that is critical to  political campaigns these days, and I wanted to take some TV news classes with an eye toward eventually making  a documentary or two.  The first class I wanted to take (TVR 024 Electronic Newsgathering) was not available to  me as I needed the TVR 7 prerequisite.   So I attended TVR 7 to enable enrollment in TVR 024 which is the class I  really wanted.    Remember: my only experience so far at this school/department is a single class.    Since taking that first TVR class, I’ve furnished a streaming video server for one news network, and have several  news organs pestering me (soon to get a gig?) for tech info in dribs and drabs.  I look for gigs rather than jobs.  I  also covered a (very light, but real) riot in San Diego at a presidential rally, streaming the whole thing (3 hours) to  the network. (note to union: streaming videographers need to know when it’s safe to take a break!  Control room  comm please!)    What’s welcome in the PCC/Departmental environment: be an alert, eager student ready to take in what the staff  has to offer.  Take good notes and study.  Questions as they relate directly to the course material set forth are very  welcome.    Avoid this stuff: appearing overly ambitious to learn or apply new tech (like streaming video or 4K).  I observed  once that the studio did not have a single soft­box luminaire; unwelcome.  I observed a very visible moue when I  mentioned that I’d helped produce a couple of TV shows in the 1970s Army.   Discussion of internet video tech  seemed a bit unwelcome.    In short, I judged that I was overly ambitious for the political environment in this department and I scaled back my  visible ambitions accordingly.  So did another student with whom I swapped ‘notes’ (‘political’ more than  academic).  This student was also the only student in the class who had an actual job in the industry with elements  of video production as part of her job.    Although I was in a ‘101’ class where it’s predictable that a large share of the students would be ‘tire kickers’ or  students just looking for an easy elective, I would have appreciated more support/encouragement for forming a  community or introduction into a community of students who are serious about TV can network around sharing  tech ideas, jobs and gigs.  The instructor and lab assistant did suggest that we check out the on­campus SMPTE  chapter.     Your mileage may vary.   Your instructor might encourage boundless quests and thirsts for knowledge.   


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