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Fall 2012

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ENG111 - Scriptwriting for Radio and TV
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces the basic elements of scriptwriting for radio and television, including audio and visual signals and time controls. Students write scripts for radio and television commercials, news, and documentaries. Requires computer knowledge for online sections. Fall only. Prerequisites: ENG101 and JOU101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Score a minimum average of at least 70% on at least three unit tests that cover terminology used by script-writers on radio and television;
2. Practice writing a minimum of one documentary treatment and outline, utilizing proper terminology and criteria for television documentaries;
3. Write a commercial or public announcement for radio, using proper format.
4. * Write a script for a 10-minute radio broadcast, utilizing proper radio news format and writing skills; and
5. Write a script for a 10-minute television documentary or newscast, utilizing proper television news format and writing skills.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
I. Introduction
A. Course, class, instructor
B. Review of basic journalism principles

II. Writing for Radio Commercial
A. Writing tips
B. Format

III. Writing for Radio News
A. Writing tips, attribution, verbs, phrasing
B. Format
C. Writing leads
D. Libel and slander
E. Interviewing
F. Using soundbites
G. Voicers, remotes and wraps
H. Newscasts due (1st major project)

IV. Writing for Television News
A. Voicers, remotes, and wraps
B. VO and VO/SOT
C. Writing to stills and CGs
D. Packages and live shots
E. Producing

V. Documentaries
A. Terms
B. Format and treatments
C. TV scripts due (2nd Major Project)

Effective Term: Spring 2007