About the Newsroom
The Evening Edition TV newsroom is a state-of-the-art facility that allows students to gain hands-on experience working in a real TV newsroom, putting together a newscast that airs live in five states to a potential audience of more than three million people. In addition to more than two hours of news programming per week, the students also produce a half-hour sportscast Saluki SportsView, which airs monthly.
The Evening Edition newsroom gives students the opportunity to learn how
to make contacts, interview newsmakers, and use video and audio
equipment in the field.
Student reporters are trained to be
multi-media journalists (MMJs) with proficiency in reporting, writing,
videography, video editing, web-reporting and on-camera presentation.
The newsroom workstations allow students to work on the
newscast using a PC-based news computer system that creates seamless
workflow between story planning, writing, producing and broadcast.
The workstations include access to the Mac-based video
editing system, Final Cut Pro, without moving to another computer.
Students capture, edit, and deliver video to WSIU’s master control room
for broadcast and to the Evening Edition web site where their stories
can be seen from around the world. Students also have the option of
archiving their own work on a portable hard drive or DVD.
Mentorship and Professional Development
Experienced TV news veterans and educators provide guidance
in the newsroom, but students put together newscasts at every step
themselves. It is their production - more than 100 students work behind
the scenes and in front of the cameras each semester.
The newsroom and Evening Edition newscast are operated in a
partnership between the SIU College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, the Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media and WSIU Public Broadcasting. The collaboration provides students with the
valuable blend of a quality education with the hands-on experience that
is sought by prospective employers.
Student journalists in the Evening Edition newsroom have
complete access to Associated Press coverage of regional, national and
international stories. A partnership with CNN provides access to and use
of news on-demand through CNN Newsource using the Pathfire Digital
Media Gateway system.