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MEA 230 - News Media Production 2 - Dave Brill

Course:News Media Production 2
Professor:Dave Brill
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Dave Brill standing in front of Austrian Alps

Welcome to Mass Media and Society MEA-230 News Media Production 2.  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 a remote/online learning environment, and will also be on-campus for production work. Whether face to face or on Zoom this course will be 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 proctored on Canvas and critiques and hands on project based work  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

Capstone course emphasizing practice in supervising and managing student produced online content for including news, entertainment, features and sports.

The content for MEA 230 will be presented in modular fashion that emphasizes hands-on assignments as well as weekly on-line newscasts.  You will be part of a collaborative environment.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the roles and responsibilities of a line-producer in a typical newsroom and remote setting.  Students will be able to distinguish the workflow from a management perspective from concept to conception during a typical news-production.  Students will appraise the proper aspects of an online publication workflow including, use of proper writing style, and effective use of social media.  Students will compare and contrast the proper method of searching for employment in the broadcast and multimedia journalism industry.   Students will demonstrate the functions of both line producer and News Director in creating a show rundown.  Students will apply the principles of managing a newsroom to successfully execute a studio production from pre to post production.  Students will demonstrate proficiency in maintaining online content for an online publication using AP Style.  Students will demonstrate proper responsibilities during live-programming.  Students will create visual and written material for industry standard resume reel.   Students will design and manage workflow for live to digitally stored  remote webcast (newscast).

What to Expect in this Course


A student enrolled in MEA 230 section 57670 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 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 SDXC Sandisk Class 10,U3 64gb shooting card. You will also need to have access to YouTube. 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 230 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

All 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#: 251