Breaking News: Studio Gets an Upgrade

Students using the on-campus news set for a broadcast
Broadcast studio now features a state-of-the-art news set, equipping our students with the tools of professionals.

Lilly Broadcasting donated a news set to the Department of Journalism, Broadcasting, and Public Relations worth roughly $20,000. The news set includes a four person anchor desk, a platform for the desk, and a backdrop.

“Television is a visual medium,” said Professor of Journalism, Broadcasting, and Public Relations Kim Young. “The donated news set is sleek and modern, which is important to emphasize professionalism for a broadcast so you can better communicate to your audience.”

Young spent a large chunk of her career working with Lilly Broadcasting in Erie, PA and still works with the company from time-to-time as a consultant. When she heard they were getting rid of their news set, she grabbed Chief Engineer Mike Smith and started the trek to Erie, PA.

“Mike and I rented a truck and drove down in a snowstorm,” said Young. “We were there for an entire day moving the set.”

Broadcasting students will use the news set as part of JRB 466 TV News Production. Class projects in the course often consist of 20-minute news segments where students act as a news anchor. Students can also use the news set if they are part of Talon Television, the student run TV station.

“The students recognize how modern it (the news set) is and how it adds to their professionalism,” said Young. “The more market standard equipment we have, the more it will add to the seriousness of what our students produce.”

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