“We have a newscast?” said Lauren Dunkin, sophomore psychology major.
Since the arrival of Amy Jones, Ph.D., Studio 96 Productions has broadcast a student-run newscast for the past nine years, but the students are in control of bringing the campus news.
“Although I supervise the newscast, Mark Grant is our director,” Jones said. “It’s important to have a student in that role because our audience is the students and we want our news to be produced by students as well.”
In the past, the Tiger Pause could be seen on channel 96, but now anyone can watch the newscast because of the change to a YouTube channel.
Students, faculty, or friends and family from your hometown can follow the studio96productions channel and watch the weekly Tiger Pause and even old episodes.
“You have access to our newscast on your phone, tablet, laptop, or whatever you have,” said Mark Grant, senior integrated marketing communications major.
The newscast will also be posted to their Facebook page, Studio 96 Productions.
The students run the entire show and learn critical skills to become successful individuals for their career paths.
“Since I’ve joined, the class helps me grow in my career,” said Callie Murphy, head co-anchor. “The class teaches us to be more responsible and prepares us for the workforce, we learn hands-on.”
The newscast has grown tremendously since Jones stepped into a room with green walls, one microphone, a three-legged desk, and one camera. The studio now has a full set for a more professional feel, and 10 high definition camera kits that the students have access to as well.
“Our first newscast was three students and now the class has been full to capacity for a long time,” Jones said. “The students are allowed to take the class multiple times and that allows them to move up the chain.”
Students can be camera operators, reporters, director, producer, anchors and more. Everyone contributes to making the newscast a success. Dr. Amy Jones has been taking students to compete in the Southeast Journalism Conference for nine years.
“We compete against all the other schools in the southeast and we are one of the smallest schools there,” Jones said. “We have placed as high as second for our newscast.”
Students also have won an array of individual awards for their hard work from reporting to multimedia projects. UWA students have been chosen as “Best in the South” for multiple competition entries.
“The newscast now is something we she all be proud of as an university,” Jones said.
If you have an event or story you would like the newscast to cover, please contact Amy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.