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MEA 225 - News Media Production 1 - Dave Brill

Course:News Media Production 1
Professor:Dave Brill
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Dave Brill standing in front of Austrian Alps

Welcome to Mass Media and Society MEA-225 News Media Production 1.  This orientation letter is provided to give you a sense of the purpose, workload, and learning goals for the course. The course is being taught in both a remote/online learning environment, as well as face to face.  This course will be taught "live" on Zoom or in person every Wednesday during the Fall semester at 5:00PM to 10:05PM beginning on Wednesday August 25th  and concluding on December 8th.  All tests, exams, written assignments will be conducted online through Canvas.  Visual Project work, and critiques will be conducted in person. There will be an official schedule published on the 1st day, and you will access this from the online course management system. For COC, we use a software program called Canvas; access to the course is included with your paid registration.

Course Description

Presents instruction and practicum in a variety of new media creation, and television production, including weekly news-gathering, on-air reporting, and written content for online publication, "Canyons News"’

The content for the advanced course will be presented in modular fashion that emphasizes hands-on assignments as well as weekly at home news-briefs.  You will be part of a collaborative environment.  Upon completion of this course, you will define relevant news content including pre-production workflow, news-gathering, assignments, and scheduling on a weekly basis.  You will assess multimedia workflow in pre and post-production environment including internet and social media.  You will assess legal and ethical issues affecting media.    You will evaluate the role of reporter as applied to single camera field production or non-multimedia endeavor.  You will apply creative concepts of news gathering during pre-production including field camera, lighting, editing, and content distribution for multiple media platforms.  You will demonstrate effective communication with other students as members of a production crew.  You will employ the operations of multiple at home productions including media management, audio, effective design, layout for story presentation, and camera operations.  You will demonstrate written and visual proficiency for articles and stories published to and other social media platforms.  You will develop new stories and determine the best format to present that story.  You will build a portfolio of completed projects for student media that demonstrates a range of storytelling formats/styles. You will construct a portfolio of completed projects.  Through individual and group projects, and a consistent and moderated learning environment, it is hoped that you will develop the self-virtues of accountability, commitment, and discipline that are core values and essential to your success within the broadcasting and multi-media journalism community.


What to Expect in this Course

A student enrolled in MEA 225 section 57669 will need a working computer with internet. You will also need a smart phone that is capable of shooting and sharing video/audio. Having access to some kind of edit software including: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, I-Movie or something similar is strongly encouraged. You will need to purchase a new Sandisk SDXC Class 10, U3 64gb shooting card. You will also need to have access to YouTube and as part of class. you will be expected to share content on social media. Netflix is not required but strongly recommended.

Types of Assessments

Students will be graded individually and as part of a group on project based assignments. In addition, students enrolled in MEA 225 will be quizzed or tested on AP Style, course content and current events. Deadline for project based work is heavily emphasized.

Textbook Information

Required: 2019 Associated Press Style Book, and Briefing on Media Law 2019 ISBN-10: 1541699890 ISBN-13: 978-1541699892, If the 2020 version is available that is also acceptable.  This course of study requires the reading of various materials (both online and via a course textbook), viewing of online websites and news media, and your participation in online research and discussion with colleagues

Other Relevant Course Information

Much of the course materials for this course are delivered online; your computer and Internet connection should be outfitted for basic online communication to include:

  • A Mac OS, PC/Windows OS (Windows XP or higher), or Linux OS-based computer;
  • An Internet connection (broadband speed recommended for video and chat features);
  • A current web browser (Google Chrome recommended, however, Firefox, Safari, IE 9, should work as well);
  • QuickTime player software for viewing video materials (free player, available through Apple?s website at:
  • Adobe Reader software installed, (this is pdf file viewer to read online articles, available for free from Adobe at:
  • There will additional software (ZOOM) used for scheduled online meetings (these are synchronous ?real-time meetings held online, every Monday and Wednesday  throughout the semester); the CCC Confer web conferencing software will be used for real-time communication via web conferences 
  • CCC Confer can be accessed here (software/system is free of charge):
  • Access to Adobe Premiere or Adobe Rush, Final Cut Pro, I-Movie, or any basic video edit software
  • Access to Netflix, or similar online streaming service, and YouTube

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 250