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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Students to Produce News Segments for WPBT2

First Segment to Air on Friday, February 13

BOCA RATON (February 11, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies and WPBT2 in Miami have joined forces to establish a unique opportunity for FAU students to produce news segments that will appear on “Issues,” WPBT2’s long-running weekly public affairs series hosted by Helen Ferre. In a new course at FAU, entitled TV News Production, students will be taught investigative reporting and will be responsible for researching and preparing stories, and arranging for newsmaker guests that will appear on the show. They will produce video segments each month, with the first segment appearing on WPBT2’s uVu, a community video platform, beginning Friday, February 13.

“This is a great opportunity for our multimedia studies students to work with a professional organization to help produce feature news shows,” said Susan Reilly, director of FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. “This kind of experience helps these students build their portfolios for future jobs.”

WPBT2 is also happy to have input from FAU students. “We are very excited and looking forward to inspiring the students in their pursuit of a career in journalism,” said Fabiola Rodriguez, the producer of “Issues.”   Rodriguez also pointed out that with this partnership WPBT2 is continuing its commitment to covering important issues in Palm Beach County.  

WPBT2 has generously provided the class with video Flip video cameras to aid in production of the Issues and uVu segments. The Issues production crew also will work with the students as they prepare their final segments.

The FAU course is taught by Bill Scott, visiting Distinguished Professor of Broadcast Journalism and Media. Scott has an extensive broadcast, cable and media background, and has won numerous awards for investigative reporting. He introduced the “Give Us 22 Minutes and We’ll Give You the World” all-news format on WINS New York, which subsequently became the most listened to radio station in America. Scott served as general manager of that station, then became senior vice president of the Westinghouse Radio Group. He also served as president of a cable news joint venture with ABC and as executive vice president of Group W Television.

“This course gives FAU journalism students an opportunity not only to learn how to be effective reporters for all media, but also to actively participate in the production of a regularly scheduled news and public affairs program on one of the nation’s leading public television stations,” said Scott  

FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies has a similar working relationship with Scripps Howard Treasure Coast Newspapers in which FAU journalism students work with the media outlet to produce content for their newspapers and website.

For more information on FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, call 561-297-3850.

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