Mass Communication Center

Practicum

The Mass Communication program at SLCC is designed to provide students with quality instruction and supervised practical application (practicum) of theory to lead to career-advancing opportunities.

In addition to the course instruction and assessments outlined in a class syllabus, 10 hours of hands-on practicum plus a written reflection on the practicum is required. Practicum participation contributes to the final grade of select Communication courses.

There will be a variety of practicum opportunities to choose from to meet the 10 hour requirement. Many practicum opportunities are listed below. As other opportunities come up they will be presented by the instructor, the MCC Program Manager or project supervisor.

All practicum hours must be recorded on a practicum hours log. The project supervisor, course instructor or Mass Communication Center (MCC) Program Manager must sign the sheet to verify each hour reported within 48 hours of participating or completing the work.

Please verify with your instructor that a particular option is acceptable for your class.

List of opportunities (determined by course):


COMM 1130

  • Attend "Globe" newspaper staff meetings. Visit the Globe News Room SharePoint site for up-to-date meeting times and locations.
  • Accept an assigned story from "The Globe". Editors will assign a variable number of specific stories to cover either as a solo reporter or part of a reportorial team. You may also visit the Globe News Room SharePoint site for a list of current story ideas yet to be assigned.
  • Visit the Writing Center to allow an outside source read and critique one of your stories, to get assistance on necessary revisions, etc. Tutor must be trained in news style.
  • Interview a working journalist (reporter, editor, photographer, etc.) and write a 4-5 page report about the experience. The interview must relate to the study and development of journalism.
  • Work on the "Express" TV news show by writing a campus news story, recording SOT or doing a stand-up, or reading the story on-air. Contact the "Express" producer to arrange a time to participate.
  • Do a toss or on-camera interview for an "Express" TV news episode. Contact the "Express" producer to make recording arrangements.
  • Pre-record Radio SLCC Student News Updates in the radio news production room with the assistance of the News Director or Station Manager (depending on availability). The stories you read may be your own or written by others. Contact the News Director or Station Manager to reserve a time.
  • Read the news live over the air on Radio SLCC during a DJ's shift. Stories may be your own or written by others. Contact the MCC Program Manager or the Radio SLCC Station Manager at least 24 hours in advance to schedule the time you want to come in. NOTE: There must be a DJ present in the studio at the time you choose - please check the DJ schedule for shift dates/times.

COMM 1560 (or COMM 2560 - when active)

  • Write and produce one (1) or more Public Service Announcement (PSA) to be used for airplay on Radio SLCC.
  • Produce at least one (1) additional Radio SLCC Student News update for airplay and for podcast. This podcast is separate from any podcast you may produce for a class assignment. Contact the MCC Program Manager for more information.
  • Participate in radio remotes. Background what the remote is about, decide what event and/or interviews will be presented, and assist in the set up, tear-down and return of equipment to the Communication Equipment room. Contact the Radio SLCC Station Manager for more information; sign up sheets are available in class.
  • Provide color commentary or perform board op duties during Radio SLCC live sports broadcasts. Sign up sheets are available in class.
  • Pre-record a PSA, Radio SLCC promo, or Student Services Update in the radio news production room with the assistance of Radio SLCC staff. Contact the Radio SLCC Station Manager to schedule an appointment.
    NOTE: You may receive an email confirming your appointment, containing the material you will read during your time slot. You will be reserving one (1) hour in the studio to read.
  • Add a second hour to regularly scheduled shift. This option requires approval from the course instructor and the Practicum Coordinator.
  • Add an hour of specialty programming different from those currently on the air and different from a regularly scheduled hour-long program. Contact your course instructor for more information.
  • Produce an on-air interview of at least 15 minutes.

COMM 1610

  • Attend "Globe" newspaper staff meetings. Visit the Globe News Room SharePoint site for up-to-date meeting times and locations.
  • Accept an assigned story from "The Globe". Editors will assign a variable number of specific stories to cover either as a solo reporter or part of a reportorial team. You may also visit the Globe News Room SharePoint site for a list of current story ideas yet to be assigned.
  • Visit the Writing Center to allow an outside source read and critique one of your stories, to get assistance on necessary revisions, etc. Tutor must be trained in news style.
  • Interview a working journalist (reporter, editor, photographer, etc.) and write a 4-5 page report about the experience. The interview must relate to the study and development of journalism.
  • Work on the "Express" TV news show by writing a campus news story, recording SOT or doing a stand-up, or reading the story on-air. Contact the "Express" producer to arrange a time to participate.

COMM 1800

  • Record 1 (one) or more segment of b-roll or stock footage for "Express" TV news and other MCC television programming. Contact the "Express" producer or MCC Program Manager to accept an assignment.
  • Shadow a MCC production during:
    1. an episode of "Insight", "Express", or "What's Bruin'",
    2. a radio remote,
    3. or a newspaper staff meeting.
  • Pre-record Radio SLCC Student News updates in the radio news production room with the assistance of the News Director or Station Manager (depending on availability). Contact the News Director or Station Manager to reserve a time.
  • Read the news live over the air on Radio SLCC during a DJ's shift. Contact the MCC Program Manager or the Radio SLCC Station Manager at least 24 hours in advance to schedule the time you want to come in.
    NOTE: There must be a DJ present in the studio at the time you choose - please check the DJ schedule for shift dates/times.
  • Take photographs of radio DJs in studio for use on radioslcc.com. Coordinate with the Radio SLCC Station Manager to arrange a time to take the photographs (preferably early in the semester).
  • Transcribe DJ profile information forms into HTML documents for radioslcc.com.

COMM 2200

  • Shoot at least one (1) additional segment of b-roll footage for "Express" and other MCC television programming. This segment is separate from any segment you may produce for a class assignment. Contact the "Express" producer or MCC Program Manager to accept an assignment.
  • Assist in field and studio production for "Express" or "What's Bruin'" or "End of the Bench" (when active). Contact the appropriate producer(s) and the MCC Program Manager to schedule a time to participate.
  • Assist in pre and post-production for "Express" TV news, SLCC Dance Concert, various studio productions, and various Mass Communication Center field productions.

COMM 2310

  • Shoot at least one (1) additional segment of b-roll footage for "Express" and other MCC television programming. This segment is separate from any segment you may produce for a class assignment. Contact the "Express" producer or MCC Program Manager to accept an assignment.
  • Assist in field and studio production for "Express" or "What's Bruin'" or "End of the Bench" (when active). Contact the appropriate producer(s) and the MCC Program Manager to schedule a time to participate.
  • Assist in pre and post-production for "Express" TV news, SLCC Dance Concert, various studio productions, and various Mass Communication Center field productions.
  • Edit/export "Express" segments for related "Globe" stories online.

COMM 2510

  • Participate in documentary film promotion, marketing, and public screening.