Capstones Fall 2013 - page 9

arton State College and WFXL-
TV have partnered to provide students
with a chance to work side by side with
professionals in a real newsroom to produce
content for The Blitz, a weekly high school
football highlight show.
“It’s an amazing opportunity,” says
Brian Perkins, Coordinator of the Broadcast
Journalism Program at Darton.
Students produce a weekly “NAT Pack,”
which is television jargon for a short video
production that utilizes real sound from an
event. Students record and edit the “sights and
sounds” from football games and produce a
one-minute project that airs during The Blitz
on a “Campus Correspondent” portion of the
show. “The students are in charge of
videography, editing, and any voice-over
production that is required,” Perkins said.
“Two students go to each game, with one of
the students serving on-camera for the intro
and outro of the pack.”
JT Fellows, a Broadcast Journalism major
at Darton, is excited to take advantage of this
new challenge.
“I was very surprised that an opportunity
like this opened up,” said Fellows, who is
also the News Director for an on-campus
student television organization. “You don’t
see student journalists on t.v. everyday, and I
am greatful for this opportunity.”
Jenna Huff, News Director at WFXL,
approached Darton with the opportunity
over the summer and thought it was a win-
win for everyone involved.
“We are always looking to capitalize
on partnerships within the community,”
Huff said. “The collaboration has been very
successful. The journalism students at
Darton want to get more experience to get
a job in this industry—we are just trying to
meet that need,” she added.
Huff says she also hopes the students
get a first-hand look at what working in the
news industry will be like. At the same time,
she also hopes that she may be getting to
work with future local reporters.
“What we hope to do is to paint a picture
to these students of what the news business
is all about. From the demands to technique,
you must have some training for this
industry,” Huff said. “We’d love to hire more
local employees and if we can be a driving
force in getting them prepared and then on
our payroll – then we’re helping ourselves
too.” For Perkins and the Broadcast
Journalism Program, the early success of the
partnership is a sign that Darton students
are prepared after completing course work
at Darton State.
“As an instructor, the experience has
helped to show that our students are
prepared to work professionally,” Perkins
said. “It has also helped me learn areas
where our curriculum and my teaching can
be improved to make sure each student is
as prepared for a career in broadcasting as
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