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Fundamentals of Radio, TV and Photojournalism deals with the basic skills, training and ethics of broadcast news and photojournalism. It covers the challenges faced by multimedia journalists working with still photos, audio, video and text. This course will prepare students for multimedia news production in our professional newsrooms, including KBIA, KOMU and the Columbia Missourian.


Fundamentals of Radio, TV and Photojournalism includes a program of academic study and applied exercises. Students participate in hands-on instruction, lectures and critique sessions that examine their work and the work of professionals. By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Report journalistically with still photographs – both single and multiple images – using a professional quality digital still camera
  2. Record and edit audio material using professional-grade tools
  3. Gather and prepare a range of visuals for publication by a broadcast, web or print outlet
  4. Use digital video cameras and editing software and apply the concepts of visual grammar to your edited videos
  5. Write broadcast-style news stories and meaningful captions for photographs
  6. Understand the basics of story planning related to the combination of still photography, video, audio, etc.
  7. Understand and perform the role of the journalist in creating and preparing professional-level reporting for web publication and broadcast outlets
  8. Navigate some of the key ethical challenges unique to working with digital media


Primary instructor:
Rachel Wise,
Rm. 001A RJI, wiserk@missouri.edu
Office hours: By appointment.

Meeting time/location:
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays / 45 Walter Williams Hall

Journalism School graduate student standing, plus substantive prior exposure to journalistic work (e.g., Missourian bootcamp, journalism undergraduate training, relevant professional experience, or some other relevant training/experience.)

Credit Hours:
3 hours

Class Materials

Provided for your use are desktop computers with relevant software installed, plus cameras, recording devices and other necessary technology. However, students are expected to provide all consumable materials used in class assignments. This includes:

One new 4-pack of AA batteries. You will be required to turn in the pack of batteries before checking out your first piece of equipment. (Then gear will be issued to you from then on with batteries installed.)

SD memory card(s) — SD cards are used in the digital audio recorder and in our digital still and video cameras.
For this class you will need at least one SDHC Class 10 memory card, minimum 8 gigabytes (16 or 32 GB gives you lots of extra room) to use for your video work. Sandisk is a recommended brand, although there are other options.
You also will need one or more separate (can be smaller, i.e. 1- or 2-GB) cards for still photos and audio.
These cards are available from Best Buy or from the electronics section of many big box stores, as well as at Tiger Tech or online.
In addition to the Fundamentals class, you will probably use these cards in many reporting/photo/multimedia classes in later semesters. These cards can be reformatted and used again and again, unless they become damaged.

SD card reader (optional) — Our lab computers have built-in SD card slots, and your laptop probably does, too. If not, you might want/need a USB SD card reader.

Recommended Texts

  • If you buy one book: “Television Field Production and Reporting: A Guide to Visual Storytelling” (Sixth Edition) – by Frederick Shook et al. This book is available for short-term checkout at the reserve desk in the Journalism Library.
  • And if you want a second one that’s really good, too: “Journalism Next” – by Mark Briggs. This book also is available for short-term checkout at the reserve desk in the Journalism Library.
  • Also useful: AP Style book – latest edition. NOTE: The J-School supplies a free online connection for Missouri students to the stylebook at http://www.apstylebook.com/missouri/ (if you’re off campus you must use VPN to connect.)
  • And another good book focused mostly on writing for broadcast: “Broadcast News Handbook: Writing, Reporting, and Producing in a Converging Media World” (4th Edition) – by C.A. Tuggle, Forrest Carr, Suzanne Huffman

Additional software training resource:
The campus Division of Information Technology (DoIT) offers free software training courses. These often include software programs that are used to produce various types of multimedia journalism. You can see the list of current offerings at http://doit.missouri.edu/training/catalog.html