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Communication Arts faculty coauthors new text for broadcast students

Reed Smith, Ph.D., professor of multimedia film and production, coauthored the fifth edition of Broadcast Announcing Worktext, released by Taylor & Francis Group, to help students enhance their skill sets in broadcast.

Broadcast Announcing Worktext uses practical experience, traditional teaching methods and principles of good performance to introduce key concepts that are developed through sample scripts and hands-on exercises. The book features updates in audio performance, social media and international media performance.

“I thought it was important to contribute to the content of this text to help it fulfill the needs I believe are critical for students’ courses,” said Smith. “Now that the internet and multinational media ownership have made all communication messages available around the globe and to diverse audiences, it is imperative that students understand the worldwide impact what they produce can have.”

Smith teaches audio for journalists, sports broadcasting, announcing, history of mass communication and media ethics within the Department of Communication Arts. He has experience in news reporting and video production, and participates in a variety of broadcast projects, which allow him to work closely with students and stay connected to the world of broadcast.

“There are many more opportunities for students to use their voices in communicating,” said Smith. “Therefore, it is critical that I continually upgrade my own knowledge, so I can properly prepare students for these developing applications.”

Smith’s newest additions to the text include information on producing podcasts and women in sports, with exercises to improve announcing skills, a rubric to evaluate skills and sample syllabi for announcing courses.


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