RTVB 1301
News Gathering and Writing

Western Texas College

  1. Course Description: Fundamentals of writing news for the mass media. Includes instruction in methods and techniques for gathering, processing, and delivering news in a professional manner.
  2. Required Prerequisite: None, although completion of Audio Production One is recommended.
  3. Student Learning Outcomes: The student will demonstrate the ability to research, write, and edit news copy according to industry standards and formats. The student will be able to execute and complete a written newscast suitable for on air use in a radio broadcast. The student will demonstrate the needed skill to record and edit a newscast.
  4. Measurement: The student will write a news article suitable for use in a radio broadcast using the standard practices of the course. The student will be able to execute a recording of a written broadcast news article using the recording software in the KGWB production studio. The student will be able to edit the news broadcast using the recording software in the KGWB production studio. The student will be able to electronically transfer the file so the recorded newscast will air.
  5. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirement 1: To record and take scheduled turn in recording news for on air broadcasts. CLASS ATTENDANCE IS CRITICAL
    2. Being part of this vocational program involves being part of a team of individuals learning & performing tasks to meet the obligations you have as a student, and the legal obligations required by the FCC and other governing bodies unique to a radio station, broadcasting over the air along with public service requirements.
    3. The student will be responsible for broadcasting the news on KGWB one day per week.
  6. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: Text Book “Better Broadcast Writing” Dobbs, First Edition ISBN # 0-205-35994-9
    2. Student will receive online version of local newspaper as resource for news stories along with information to selected websites containing news items.
  7. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates - Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog
  8. Course Organization and Schedule

Week Number

Section/Online Work

Week 1

Getting Started
Review Course Syllabus/ Read Chapter one

Week 2

Chapter 2 / Writing / Continue to learn recording and editing process

Week 3

Chapter 3 / Record written newscasts

Week 4

Begin recording news for KGWB on air schedule / Chapter 4

Week 5

Chapter 5 / Record newscasts

Week 6

Chapter 6 / Record Newscasts

Week 7

Chapter 7 / Record Newscasts

Week 8

Chapter 8 / Record Newscasts

Week 9


Week 10

Chapter 9 / Record Newscasts

Week 11

Chapter 10 / Record Newscasts

Week 12

Chapter 11 / Record Newscasts

Week 13

Chapter 12 / Record Newscasts

Week 14

Chapter 13 / Record Newscasts

Week 15

Chapter 16 / Record Newscasts

Week 16

Final Exam - Comprehensive Written Exam over Textbook material

Disclaimer: Schedule and content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.



Last Modified: August 19, 2015