ACJ’s comprehensive Broadcast Journalism programme is tailored to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving multi-platform, convergent news ecosystem.
The programme is designed to meet the dynamic requirements of
- Mainstream news broadcasting,
- Digital video
Students in ACJ’s broadcast stream get basic training in all aspects of Broadcast News. They are introduced to the medium of Broadcast TV – visually-driven, techniques-led, news-as-it-happens, delivered live to a mass audience. They learn the core values of good broadcast journalism - from newsworthiness, accuracy, balance and objectivity, to freshness, variety and audience interest.
Students are introduced to the specific requirements of writing for broadcast. They learn to write for the ear, using language that is clear, concise and conversational. Students get hands-on training in camera techniques using professional equipment. They learn all about visual grammar, the importance of ‘telling’ images, recording sound bites and pieces-to-camera.
Experts from Avid Technologies give students comprehensive training in non-linear video editing. They learn how to construct a news story using the right visuals, how to record a voice-over, how to use ambient sounds, how to include graphics, how to mix multiple layers of video and audio.
Students also get hands-on training in sound recording. They learn how to record location ambience, interviews, pieces-to-camera in different situations.
Students are introduced to the rapidly transforming domain of convergent journalism with online digital space. They are trained in mobile storytelling – shooting, editing and publishing with a smart phone; live reporting on social media using Twitter and Facebook tools. They learn the workflow of how a story travels from social, web and other platforms in the Integrated Newsroom.
ACJ’s 1200 sq ft state-of-the-art four-camera television studio provides the perfect setting for training students in live news show productions. Students get to play all the roles involved in a typical live news show – producer, news presenter, vision mixer, audio engineer, camera person, floor manager, editor, and live reporter among others.
In order to prepare students to cope with the physical and mental rigours of 24x7 live news reporting and production, Voice Culture training sessions are conducted by experienced and skilled theatre artistes over two weeks.
Broadcast students are divided into two groups during the second and third semesters where they put into practice all the skills learnt during the first term. Each group is trained in the core aspects of broadcast journalism – news writing, reporting and live news broadcasting – in two independent modules.
The famed BBC model of broadcast journalism training is imparted by vastly experienced journalists from the UK. Students get advanced training in writing for TV, researching, shooting and editing different kinds of news packages.
In the ACJ module, students are trained in live news show productions. They are required to work in all the functions of a live news production to strict deadlines. Students produce multiple news shows a day consisting of news packages (visual as well as out-of-vision), breaking news, live discussions, live reports, special reports, weather reports. Students also produce a daily 90 minute breakfast show with multiple segments – news updates, feature stories, in-studio interviews with newsmakers, media reviews, live reports. Students also produce podcasts and also repurpose television content to the online platform.
A two-week workshop in Documentary Film Production conducted by an experienced film maker helps prepare students for ACJ’s Covering Deprivation module where they are required to produce films on relevant issues. This is followed by the Investigative Project where broadcast students work in groups to produce an investigative film on a current topic.
Podcasts: Students are trained in the technical and creative aspects of Podcasts from brief informational modules to longer audio features.
They acquire the necessary skill-sets for audio productions including nuanced sound editing, sound layering, mixing of tracks, effective voice-over techniques, location presentations and interviews, laying background tracks and evoking mental pictures with voice and sound effects.
In the second and third terms, Broadcast students will take up the Integration Course in either Print or New Media where they pick up the core skills needed for these media and platforms with focus on new formats of storytelling and different production processes.