Schedule

Thursday, May 26th

Time: 10:00am
Place: Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street, Room 308
Students bring: Pads, pens, 3 copies of story proposals
Staff provides: Breakfast for 20, lesson plans, calendars, contact sheets, VGA input for laptop and projector, DVD player and screen

Welcome to TV Boot Camp 2011, an exciting and intense educational program created by CBS News Senior Editor Warren Lustig. The goal of the course is to offer students real life experience in the television news industry by having them produce broadcast quality 10-minute news magazine pieces in just TWO WEEKS! The stories must be thorough, honest and comprehensive, and adhere to the strict news standards set by CBS News. Teams will use the facilities at their respective schools, or "bureaus", and will have some editorial and technical assistance from faculty members. Mostly though, the teams will do their own research, planning, videotaping, writing, and editing. Throughout the course, class moderator Warren Lustig will get daily progress reports from the teams via e-mail and phone, and will meet with the entire group at HQ several evenings for sessions with guest lecturers. The course concludes on Friday, June 10th, when students present their finished pieces to producers and executives from the renowned newsmagazine 60 Minutes. The days will be long, the hours late...but more will be gained in two weeks than many professionals have experienced in twenty years.

INTRODUCTIONS

Each student will introduce themselves. The team's designated producers will present their story ideas to the entire class. Each pitch, or synopsis, none longer than two paragraphs, should establish and simply "tell the story" ...Who are the characters? Where does the story occur? What are the conflicts or controversies? Which sides of the story will be presented? Why should a viewer want to watch this story? The answers will help clarify and define the story, identify its strengths and weaknesses, and will generate differing perspectives from other members of the class. After a short break, Warren will conduct a multi-media, interactive seminar on the art of storytelling. The meeting should conclude by 2:00pm. Then, the clock starts ticking and TV BOOT CAMP 2011 is underway. Teams return to their bureaus and begin the production process. Field equipment is checked, interviews and b-roll shoots are scheduled, producers test the communication systems by checking in with Warren via both e-mail addresses and phone:  WIL@CBSNEWS.COM,  CBSWARREN@AOL.COM, (CBS) 212-975-8282. This triple "check-in" is for the first day only. Subsequent check-ins will be on an as needed basis. Prepare to spend part of the Memorial Day weekend planning out your production schedule, setting up or even going on a few shoots and doing more research.

Tuesday, May 31st

Time: 9:00am 
Place: Respective bureaus

Teams spend the day shooting interviews and b-roll for their stories. Teamwork is a must! Producers can either check-in with Warren, or wait until our 6:00pm meeting.

Time: 6:00pm
Place: 555 West 57th Street, 13th Floor, Conference Room 13058
Students bring: Oral progress report, appetites, QUESTIONS ! ! ! Staff provides: Dinner for 20, VGA input and DVD player

We'll begin the evening with a progress report from the producers. We need to determine how your story is taking shape. If need be, we can shift gears and change course. Any problems or concerns should be voiced at this meeting. Later, Warren introduces our guest speaker, TBA. (Meeting should adjourn at 9:30pm)

Wednesday, June 1st

Time: 9:00am
Place: Respective bureaus and field locations Teams should be out shooting all day. Producers have the option to set-up more interviews and video shoots if needed. There is no evening session but representatives from all teams must check-in with updates via e-mail.

Thursday, June 2nd

Time: 9:00am
Place: Bureaus and field locations Teams continue production on their stories. Much of the tape should have been shot, and teams should be screening material and preparing to write scripts. Tonight's guest speaker (TBA)

Time: 6:00pm
Place: 555 West 57th Street, 13th Floor, Conference Room 13058
Students bring: Oral progress report, appetites, QUESTIONS ! ! ! Staff provides: Dinner for 20, VGA input and DVD player

Friday, June 3rd

Time: 9:00am
Place: Respective bureaus

Teams are busy at their bureaus screening field tapes and writing scripts. Producers must e-mail the scripts to Warren by midnight on Saturday, June 4th, regardless of their condition! It's important and often helpful to get a fresh perspective on your work, even at this early stage. It can prevent you from going down the wrong path and can often avoid a irreversible disasters. Remarks, comments and suggested changes will be returned by the following Monday morning. Fire up the coffee- pots and keep the donuts coming...it's going to be a long weekend. Make some time for rest because, believe it or not, week two gets worse!

Monday, June 6th

Time: 10:00am
Place: 555 West 57th Street, 13th Floor, Conference Room 13058
Students bring: Pads, pens, 10 copies of their scripts, several video clip selections for "the book" cover art. (see explanation below)
Staff provides: Breakfast for 20, VGA input, DVD player

After a long weekend, the teams are back at it. Scripts, which were due Saturday, are returned with suggestions and notes. A reel should be delivered that contains shots that clearly identify your story. A CBS artist will use this material to create cover art for your piece. Also, story titles should be decided. We'll shift focus from the field to the cutting room. Students will learn the ups and downs of the editing process and will get plenty of guidance and tips for turning their hours of raw material into comprehensive, effective and powerful stories. We should adjourn by 1:00pm.

Tuesday, June 7th

Time: 9:00am
Place: Respective bureaus

The teams are busy in the edit rooms. "Radio cuts" should be quickly assembled for a Wednesday morning screening. A radio cut is simply that...a rough assembly of the voice over and sound bites that create the body of the story. While B-roll (cover video) is not necessary, PLEASE show the sound bites and whatever video you can. No meeting or guest speakers tonight, just EDIT AWAY!!! Additionally, Warren MUST receive the script for the studio intro by 3:00pm via e-mail. We need time to load them into the CBS teleprompter for Wednesday. They should run NO LONGER than 45 seconds.

Wednesday, June 8th

Time: 10:00am
Place: 555 West 57th Street, 13th Floor, Conference Room 13058
Students: Only producers and reporters attend and bring radio cuts of their stories. Reporters must dress to appear on camera for the studio introductions. Editors and Associate Producers remain at the bureaus.
Staff provides: CBS edit room and Studio 33.

Producers and reporters come with radio cuts in hand...reporters must be dressed in appropriate attire for the cameras and should be prepared to record their studio intros. Once assembled, Warren will move the meeting to the 60 Minutes editing rooms where he will screen the radio cuts and offer suggestions. (Editors and AP's remain at the bureaus and continue adding pictures to the existing sequence.) At 12:00, Warren takes the students to the 60 Minutes studio. A professional make-up artist will prepare the reporters. Producers sit in the control to help direct the reporter's performance. Keep in mind that we only have one hour of studio time for all the intros, so please rehearse your lines.

Thursday, June 9th

Time: 9:00am
Place: Respective bureaus

Production continues at a feverish pitch. Students prepare their stories and themselves for a screening with network news executives on Friday morning. The stories must be complete. NO EXCUSES! The screening committee will ask probing questions and will touch on your accuracy, story structure, credibility of characters, picture selection, video editing styles and even audio mixes. Know your material!

Friday, June 10th

Time: 10:00am
Place: 555 West 57th Street, 13th Floor, Conference Room 13058
Students: Bring finished air-cuts for the screening.
Staff provides: 60 Minutes Screening room on 9th floor

SCREENING DAY! Students meet at 10:00am. Warren will bring them to the 60 Minutes editing area and prepare the stories for screening. At 11:45 we'll all head to the screening room and meet the producers, editors and executives from 60 Minutes that will critique your work. Though the screeners will be sensitive to your student status, you will get a professional, fair and honest read of your work. After the screenings, we'll take a collective deep breath and return to the 10th floor for a celebratory cake and some final thoughts.