VIDEO JOURNALISM

DURATION: 2 months (24 hours)

SCHEDULE: Flexible, week-ends

THEORY CLASSES: All theory/television news viewing sessions will be held online, along with practical sessions at the studio and outdoors on Commits campus

ELIGIBILITY: Students, working professionals and anyone interested in Video Journalism

AGE LIMIT: Age 18 onwards (college level and above)

ATTENDANCE: Being a practical certificate programme attendance is compulsory at all face to face online sessions

COURSE FEES: INR 25,000 (+ 18% GST)

BATCH STRENGTH: Flexible, on demand

COURSE ANCHOR: Pratiba Raman, senior independent multimedia journalist, digital news maverick with 14 years experience in Times of India, NDTV, India Today, and Asianet

PRACTICAL WORK: Students will be given the opportunity to work ‘Live’ and produce their own ‘Video News’ snippets and ‘News Features’ (4 in total) during and at the end of the course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Video production skills meets journalism, which is currently the sought after skill in the industry, the course is designed for anyone who wants to tell a visual story.
There is an ever-growing need for videography skill/talent across various sectors today, there is great demand for visual professionals with expertise and skill in creating, scripting and producing short videos for brands, public and social causes, and news.
Visual Communication as a discipline is extremely important in today’s social media context, highly specialized and evolving constantly.
The Video Journalism short term course will be a unique, one-of-its-kind programme that will train and prepare anyone who wants to be a ‘visual news specialist’. The course will also simplify the subject and address basic misconceptions about journalism, videography, and visual news production.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

The course will explore the following aspects

  • What is journalism?
  • What is Video Journalism?
  • Opportunities in the world of Video Journalism
  • Understanding all aspects of video production
  • Developing the art of video journalism
  • Finding a story- news and features
  • Doing research about the story
  • How to effectively tell a story / convey the message visually
  • The script – pre-determined / post-shoot
  • What to prepare for, during the production
  • The actual shoot – what to expect
  • Interacting and communicating with your team
  • Post production
  • Meeting deadlines

COURSE DELIVERY

1. Setting the stage
Split the batch into groups – each contributing an idea after introductory sessions

Toolkit:
– Social Media Posts/Stories
– Card videos/Package videos
– Interviews
– Ground Reports/PTCs

*Select compilations will be used for Newssence with due credit given to student/college
*Best story with top views: Team members to get an Amazon voucher, also an opportunity to conceptualise a show of their own on Newssence

2. Bulletin Sandbox
a) Formats include:
Snapchat features/Instagram filters for videos
Creative PTCs
Zoom interviews
Podcast content
Insta-story-styled reportage

b) Content includes both national and international stories
News flashes
Card Videos
Anchor-driven videos
Packages with bites
Special interviews
Ground Reports/Walkthroughs

c) Beats covered
Politics
Crime
Entertainment
Sports
Law and Order
Health
Food
Culture – music, dance, theatre

d) Best stories to be compiled into a Segment (8-minute show at the end of it all)
Reporter lives/walkthroughs showcasing 1 top original story/ground report (2 minutes)
1 special story/video/package (2 minutes)
1 special interview (2 minutes)
1 good news/entertainment story (2 minutes)

3. Benefits
Every story contributed by the students will have ‘Commits’ mentioned
The students aren’t just tutored to design a bulletin, but are also learning the scope of social media narrative
Anchors and reporters of the video stories as well as the bulletin are well on the road to create a name for themselves (with follower base on social media), along with ready portfolio to showcase during career placements
Newssence will also be ready to explore talent for internship – from reporting to graphic designing – for various shows

Note:
The course will adopt a persistent approach towards research and a strong uncompromising focus on getting the facts right.

Students should use their own mobile phones/cameras/laptops for videos/editing.
All sessions will be held online.
Classes will be conducted by professionals.

TENTATIVE START: July 1, 2021