TV STUDENTS: THE BBC COURSE
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) runs a section of the syllabus for the TV students. Half of the TV class
will complete the course in the second term, the other half in the third term.
FREE AND FAIR REPORTING
An experienced BBC journalist is sent from the UK each year to run the course. The aim is to train students to
broadcast and write using the BBC values of accuracy, objectivity and independence. High production values are also
a key feature of the course; students are shown how to connect with audiences using creative camera and edit
The course is very practical in nature. The trainer will offer several classes in basic skills such as balanced script
writing, newsgathering, sources and writing to pictures. Master classes are then held in shooting and editing for TV
news. The students are soon thrown into a live newsroom environment, putting a programme on air every day.
The roles are rotated, so that each student has experience of every function in the newsroom. By the end of the
course, participants will be experienced in news editing, reporting, presenting and producing, as well as being competent
camera operators and picture editors. They will also be taught all studio operations, such as floor producing and
sound and video mixing.
Each student is required to make a 5-10 minute special report during the last weeks of the BBC course. The aim is
to put all the techniques learnt into practice. Previous students have produced in depth features on diverse subjects
such as illegal kidney donation, street children, transgenders and the disappearing tribal art of snake catching.
BBC Certificate in Television Journalism
Those who successfully complete the BBC TV Journalism Course will be awarded a BBC certificate.