COMM 2339
Writing for Radio, TV & Film

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Course Description: Introduction to basic script formats, terminology, and writing techniques, including the writing of commercials, public service announcements, promotions, news, documentary, and fictional materials.
    2. Any required prerequisites: It is recommended, but not required student should take Audio Production One prior to or concurrently.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
    1. Write commercials and public service announcements according to industry standards.
    2. Create and produce documentary and/or narrative scripts for long-form productions.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. There will be 8 short-form script writing assignments = 160 points.
    2. There will be 2 long-form writing assignments that will include audio productions = 200 points.
    3. The writing assignments will be graded according to the provided rubric
    4.  Students are required to participate in at least four live broadcasts.  Participation can include either/both on air or in-studio production. The instructor will provide further details.
  4.  Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book:  Writing for Television, Radio, and New Media. Hilliard, 11th Ed.  ISBN: 978-1-285-46507-4
    2. Other : Flash drive with 2GB capacity
    3. A three ring binder with paper for in-class writing assignments.
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates: Refer to the WTC Catalog for the following.
    1. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    2. Students with Disabilities
    3. Drop/Withdrawal Information
    4. Final Exam Schedule
    5. Class Attendance
    6. Campus Calendar
  6. Course Schedule


    Section/Online Work

    Ch. 1

    The Mass Media

    Ch. 2

    Basic Elements of a Production

    Ch. 3

    Format and Style

    Ch. 4

    Commercials and Announcements

    Ch. 5

    News and Sports

    Ch. 6

    Features, Documentaries and Reality Programs

    Ch. 9

    Corporate, Educational, and Children’s Programs

    Ch. 10

    The Play

    Ch. 11

    Professional Opportunities


    Radio Feature Production I


    Radio Feature Production II

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



Last Modified: August 16, 2016