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Class Meets:
131 & 132 Taylor Hall Wednesday 4:45 – 5:35 p.m.

Prerequisites: ART 23700 or ART 13003, JMC major or minor, or permission.


  • ability to access the online text:
  • at least one good quality blank VHS videotape
  • at least one 100MB Zip disk, formatted for use on Macintosh systems
  • a video data CD
  • headphones with a mini-plug connector (like those you'd use for a Walkman)
  • JMC computer lab fee of $10.00
  • Optional: Mac OS 8 manual, Adobe Premiere 5.0 manual or Classroom in a Book

Purposes of the Course:

  • to help you learn basic camcorder videography and non-linear video editing techniques.
  • to help you understand these processes as artistic and journalistic communication skills.
  • to provide an opportunity for you to apply knowledge acquired in the prerequisite class.


6 projects @ 100 points ea. 600 A = 630 – 700 points
Midterm exam 50 B = 560 – 629
Final 50 C = 490 – 559
TOTAL 700 D = 420 – 489
F = 419 and below


I expect you to attend class and participate in class discussion.

Read the online text assignments before we discuss them in class.

I will excuse absence for illness or other emergency with documentation. You may have one unexcused absence. Each additional unexcused absence will reduce your final grade by one point.

If you must miss an exam date, arrange with me to take the exam in advance. If you have an emergency that will affect your attendance or completion of assignments, contact me as soon as possible.

You are expected to do your own original work for this class. You may not appear in your own projects. Do not include the instructor for this course in your projects.

If you turn in a project late, you will lose one point on that project for each school day it is late. No projects will be accepted after 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 10.

You may sign up for two blocks of time with a camera each week. Late equipment return will reduce your project grade by one letter grade.

Treat the equipment with care and professionalism; it is not insured. Use the equipment cases. Don’t leave equipment where it might get damaged or stolen. Check to make sure you have all the camera accessories before leaving any location. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication has the right to charge you for any equipment you damage or lose. Be sure to tell me immediately if you have equipment that is broken or will not work properly.

Any changes to the attached meeting schedule will be announced in class.


The School of Journalism and Mass Communication deals in publishable works and educates its students for various aspects of publishing and other communications professions. Within this framework, every student must be aware of the following rules and definitions while in school or on the job:

Fabricating is, in phrasing first used by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the cardinal sin. Faking quotations, faking "facts," reporting things that did not happen are not only reprehensible; they could be actionable in court.

Plagiarizing, as defined by Webster, is "to steal and pass off as one’s own the ideas or words of another." It is unethical and, in cases involving creative work, usually illegal. One of the worst sins a communications practitioner may commit is to plagiarize the work of another—to steal his/her words, thought, or outline and pass them off as his/her own.

Duplicating work is defined as submitting the same work to more than one instructor (or publication) without the prior knowledge and agreement of both.

Commission of any of these offenses while in school is grounds for disciplinary action. If the complaint is upheld, a variety of punishments may be imposed, from a reprimand to a lowered or failing grade in the course to dismissal from the university.


The faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication has passed a policy that prohibits food and drink in computer labs and around electronic equipment. Any student who violates this policy will be asked to leave the classroom. A student who violates this policy a second time will be given a written warning. A third offense will result in referral to the director of the School for further action.


In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an accommodation is required. Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) in the Michael Schwartz Student Services Center (672-2972).


Students who are not officially registered may not attend classes. The last day to register for this semester is Friday, January 29, 1999. If you do not officially register by the deadline, you will not receive credit for this course.


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