INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS COMMENTARY

JRN3ISC

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Introduction to Sports Commentary introduces students to the fundamental requirements of a sports commentator. The subject will focus mainly on television and radio commentary but students will also study other forms such as the live blog. At the successful completion of this subject, students will appreciate the history of sports commentary in Australia, the different techniques and styles commentators employ and the role of the sports commentator in various contexts such as commercial; entertainment; history (an accurate record); and the role commentary has in the social impact of sport in Australian contemporary society.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Lowden

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in ABJS and completion of the core/compulsory requirements at 1st year & 2nd year level for ABJS; or enrolment in ABMC within the major of Sport Journalism and the completion of 1st and 2nd year core subjects for the sport journalism major.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Third-year exclusive and compulsory subject for Bachelor of Journalism Sport and the Sport Journalism major in the Bachelor of Media and Communication.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and differentiate multiple forms of sport commentary in different media platforms, including radio, television, print and online.

Activities:
Students will be taught that not all aports commentary is for the broadcast mediums. They will be assessed on their ability to distinguish between opinion and analysis in print and between play by play commentary and analysis in sporting broadcasts. Within the broadcast environment there are also different styles, such as entertainment versus journalistic. Students will be given a multimedia quiz that will ask them to recount the different forms of sports commentary.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

02. Work collaboratively in a group to produce an academic written assignment on the history of sports commentary in Australia and how technology has impacted the craft. Students will also work together to give an oral presentation that demonstrates an understanding of the different styles of broadcast commentary.

Activities:
Students will work in small groups to research the first forms of sports commentary broadcast and written in Australia (not just Victoria). They will be assessed on a written document jointly produced and on an oral presentation given by all members of the group. Students use their own voice to relay the different styles rather than simply republishing archival material.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

03. Identify, analyse and evaluate how sports commentary in Australia differs from that practiced in other nations around the world.

Activities:
Students will listen to and watch examples of at least three sports that are popular around the world. They will learn that the definition of 'good commentary' has some common elements around the globe, such as accuracy, but also some subjective elements, such as 'when to talk'. They will learn the different preferences each country has for style, content and entertainment and the relationship between these. Students will be given television footage of a sporting event, without commentary, and will be assessed on their ability to provide commentary that demonstrates an appreciation of the different approach to commentary in a designated overseas country. They will also explain in a short oral presentaion how the commentary compares with the Australian approach. The emphasis with this ass
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)

04. Identify and discuss how the commercial relationships events and media outlets enter into, impacts on the nature of sports commentary. Recall what ethical issues need to be considered by commentators in the commercial realm.

Activities:
Students will learn what 'Boosterism' is; the type of requests they can expect to be made of them as commentators in the commercial environment; and the ethics of endorsing a product or event. Students will be invited to discuss as a tutorial group the issues surrounding commentary in the commercial environment. The discussion will inform an opinion piece that will be submitted for assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Learn, recognise and begin to execute the fundamentals of broadcast sports commentary

Activities:
Students will be taught the broad fundamentals of sports broadcast commentary. They will identify those elements in past and present practitioners and have the opportunity to submit for assessment their own broadcast commentary. Students will also have the opportunity to receive feedback from their peers.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Lowden

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
Two 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Broadcast commentary portfolio - group assessment40 02, 05
Quiz and Live Blog30 01, 03, 04
Radio panel show30 01, 02, 03