Fanshawe gets rolling with journalism course
By Mark Brown
The cameras are rolling for a limited number of students who will have the opportunity to gain experience in the growing area of videography through a new journalism program being offered this fall at Fanshawe College.
The one-year program will be added to the radio-broadcast journalism degree currently offered at Fanshawe. The new course has been designed to respond to the television industry which indicates a need for multi-disiplinary video journalists, said Bob Collins, coordinator of Fanshawe's school of broadcast journalism.
The program will involve a large practical component and will give students valuable experience through its internship program with local television networks, Collins said.
"The internship program towards the end of the course will last at least a month, which puts the student into a good position for summer employment."
"Videography is part of journalism now," said Jim Cristy, a video-journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Windsor. "No one is ever brought in with just reporting skills and it is very unlikely that a person will get hired without experience operating a camera."
The traditional way of shooting television was that you had a camera person, a sound person and a reporter, but new cameras now allow reporters to shoot stories on their own, said David Spencer, acting dean of Western's Graduate School of Journalism.
Although the journalism schools at Western and Fanshawe already share some resources, it is too early to determine if there will be a partnership in this area, Spencer said.
At Fanshawe, the idea seems logical. "Considering the tight resources we have today, a partnership between the two schools seems like the way to go," Collins said.
However, Spencer said he believes a partnership is more difficult than it sounds. The schools are located at opposite ends of the city and the compatibility of programs offered at either school make it difficult to link programs, he explained.
Although Western does not offer a program specifically on videography, it has been part of the graduate journalism program for the last four years, Spencer added.
Cristy said the success of the program will depend largely on the quality of the instruction. "Not only should the instructor have experience in the field, but the type of experience the person has had must also be considered," he said. Fanshawe is still in search of faculty to teach the program.