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Students who study television and video production at Southeastern can obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Electronic Media (.pdf).

 

B.A. Degree in Communication
Electronic Media Concentration

Students should enroll in Electronic Media courses as soon as possible their freshman or sophomore years. This will enable television and video students to learn the basic techniques early on so that they can practically apply them by working in various positions on various television programs at the Southeastern Channel over the course of their Southeastern career. According to the Electronic Media concentration guide, students can work on news (Northshore News, Southeastern Times), sports (The Big Game), and entertainment (College Night, Cinematheque, INDI-visual) shows- or on commercials and film and documentary shorts- simply by following the course curriculum. Students who have completed Comm 257 as a dual enrollment course in high school must take 151 and 159 before taking Comm 260. Because of their need for training and demo reel preparation, most students in Electronic Media choose to enroll in more production courses than the basic three required for the Communication degree. In this case students save their free electives and save them for these additional production courses- or choose to enroll in the additional Electronic Media courses above and beyond basic degree requirements. Comm 257 and 260 are required as prerequisites for all subsequent Electronic Media courses, though in special cases some courses may be taken concurrently or waivers of prerequisites are granted. In such cases, contact Rick Settoon (Rick.Settoon@selu.edu or 985-549- 2418) for approval.

 


Television and video courses currently offered include:

Introduction to Television Production
(COMM 257)

 

A study of the techniques used in basic studio and remote productions including film-style productions. The course will concentrate on the use of equipment, providing actual hands-on experience in television production. Students will study all areas of production skills dealing with the major formats in programming.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 151, 159

Offered: Fall and Spring semesters

Curriculum Designation: Production

 

Field Video Production
(COMM 260)

 

Field Video Production, an intermediate study of remote video preproduction, production, and an introduction to postproduction technique. Concentration on producing, directing, film-style videography, and editing. Practical application of shooting interviews, standups, and video segment footage to work in tandem with news, news magazine, entertainment-oriented, and sports shows. Students produce their own news segment, commercial or PSA, music video, and short film. Student productions in this class have won Emmy awards and appear in the shows “College Night” and “Cinematheque” airing on the Southeastern Channel.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 257

Offered: Fall and Spring semesters

Curriculum Designation: Production

 

Television Reporting
(COMM 363)

 

Writing, reporting, anchoring, producing, shooting, and editing news stories and feature packages for an award-winning weekly television news show, "Northshore News." Students do on-camera work just as in a live newscast, including “live shots”. In addition to producing individual stories, each student produces a short 20-minute newscast. This class should be taken concurrently with Comm 357: Television Studio Production.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 260

Offered: Spring semesters

Curriculum Designation: Oral/Writing

 

Studio Production and Anchoring
(COMM 357)

 

The study and operation of studio and control room positions for the award-winning, weekly television news show, "Northshore News." Includes directing, technical directing, floor directing, studio camera operation, audio mixing, video operation, computer graphics, teleprompter operation, and anchoring.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 260

Offered: Spring semester

Curriculum Designation: Production

 

Television Sports Show Production
(COMM 402)

 

Writing, reporting, producing, shooting, and editing sports stories and feature packages for, and the weekly studio production of, an Emmy-winning, ESPN Sportscenter-style television sports show, "The Big Game." Includes anchoring and game highlight reads along with sports “expert” talk segments a la ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and “Pardon the Interruption”. Students report on Southeastern sports events on location as well as covering the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 260

Offered: Spring semester

Curriculum Designation: Production

 

Independent Study
(COMM 403-404)

Instructor: Rick Settoon

 

Committing 15 hours per week to working on the Southeastern Channel show(s) of choice in the position(s) of choice. Up to three independent study courses can be taken at the Southeastern Channel prior to graduation. This provides great experience whereby a student can concentrate on one or more positions while working on one or more television shows or video projects of the student's choice. Allows a student varied experience to find his or her niche.

 

Must have permission from an individual instructor of record.

 

Performance for Broadcast Media
(COMM 408)

Instructor: Steve Bellas

 

A course designed to develop talent for future broadcast performers on camera and on microphone. Course meant for students who plan to seek professional careers as on-air broadcast talent. Examination of past and current presentational styles and techniques through lectures and demonstrations. Analysis of current professionals on the local, regional, and network levels of television and radio.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 151, 159, and 211 or approval of Department Head.

Offered: Fall semester

Curriculum Designation: Oral/Writin

 

Producing for a News Magazine Show
(COMM 409)

Instructor: Cheryl Settoon

 

A study of what makes a memorable television news feature story for a general broadcast audience. Then students are guided through the reporting, writing, and editing stages as they produce features to be aired on the award-winning quarterly news magazine show, "Southeastern Times." Students may produce short documentaries in addition to news feature stories.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 260

Offered: Fall semester

Curriculum Designation: Production

 

Television Commercial Production
(COMM 424)

 

The film-style production of video commercials, promotional spots, PSAs, infomercials and image campaigns for broadcast on television and the Internet. Includes broadcast graphics, animation and design. Students design and produce spots and promotional programs for real-life clients, including university departments, which air on the Southeastern Channel and university websites. Students from Communication, Digital Arts and Marketing come together in a real-world, studio laboratory setting to function together as a mini-advertising agency in producing film and video advertisements where students from each discipline will be required to function and perform separate team duties which utilize their specific departmental training and expertise, all while working together as an advertising “team”. Marketing student swill develop and implement marketing strategies, campaigns and sales. Communication students will handle writing, preproduction, and the film-style production and post-production of spots. Digital Arts students will work with Communication students to shape and execute broadcast design, graphics and animation for the spots.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 260

Offered: Spring semester

Curriculum Designation: Production

 

Advanced Video Production
(COMM 449)

Instructor: Josh Kapusinski

 

An exploration of advanced videography, lighting, and audio techniques. Emphasis on field production using film-style shooting and intermediate editing. Students produce their own commercials/PSAs, promotional or “hype” videos, short documentaries, music videos and short films. Student productions in this class have won Emmy awards and appear in the shows “College Night” and “Cinematheque” airing on the Southeastern Channel.

 

Prerequisites: Comm 260

Offered: Fall semester

Curriculum Designation: Production

 

Internship
(COMM 459)

Internship Coordinator: Carol Madere

 

Instructor for Broadcast/Video: Rick Settoon

 

Committing 10-15 hours per week to working at local, regional, or national television station or production company, or at the Southeastern Channel. Students intern in a professional television, film or video production environment which often leads to continuing employment. These internships also provide excellent references and contacts for future employment. Students have received local internships from WDSU, WVUE (FOX 8), and WGNO in New Orleans along with WAFB and WBRZ in Baton Rouge, and national internships with NBC Nightly News and C-SPAN along with a variety of television and film companies. Students can follow producers, directors, writers, reporters, anchors, videographers and editors during their internship. Recommended enrollment during a student’s junior or senior year after having completed Comm 260.

 

 

Prerequisites: Comm 260

Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters

Curriculum Designation: Free Elective

 

How do I get involved?

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Arrange a meeting with Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon ( Rick.Settoon@selu.edu 985-549-2418 )