Students create news program for FOX 17
April 21, 2006
KALAMAZOO--A 30-minute news program produced by journalism and video production students at Western Michigan University will be broadcast at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 23, on FOX 17 WXMI in Grand Rapids.
Jan Kruse, a broadcast journalism instructor in WMU's School of Communication, notes that WXMI's FOX Student News project gave 25 students at the University a chance to test their skills by producing a professional-quality news program that includes several campus- and general student-stories.
"This project is terrific because it gives students the valuable experience of writing and producing news stories that will be assembled into a newscast and shown on a commercial TV station in a top-40 television market," says Jan Kruse, who served as executive producer and journalism advisor for WMU's group. "I don't think there are many universities across the country that can say their students have done that."
WMU took part in the FOX Student News project for the first time in 2005, adds Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti, associate professor of communication. Machiorlatti coordinated the creation of this year's video production and provided guidance on story production and development. Kruse's students did all of the reporting work and Machiorlatti's students all the camera, producing and post-production work, as well as assembled the final program.
"WXMI's news project for students is open to high schools and universities across West Michigan, and the word from several 'reliable sources' is that our 2005 submission was the most professional program they broadcast last year," Machiorlatti says.
"Regardless of the early time slot for the WMU student newscast, it's a polished program that addresses important issues of interest to the WMU community and the general public," she says. "Our students worked exceptionally hard this year, and the quality of their program shows it."
Machiorlatti notes that because WMU produced a "real" program that aired on a valid news outlet, it is eligible for various awards. She plans to submit the newscast and individual segments of it to the Student Emmy Award program sponsored by the Michigan Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and some of the Broadcast Education Association's student news competitions.
WMU produced six segments for its 2006 FOX Student News newscast. The names and a description of these segments are as follows.
For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti at email@example.com or (269) 387-3141.
Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org