Students revive campus television
ADRIANA PEREZ | Collegio Reporter
GTV is Pittsburg State University’s television news show, broadcast live at 4 p.m. every Thursday on cable access channel 13. Television production and directing students come together to produce the show.
Andrew Dodson, who has anchored the show, says being part of a television show with your classmates is fun and gives you a different understanding of the production process, including how to make videos that go on air.
“I like being on camera, and being an anchor is a big responsibility because you are being watched by all these people, but I loved doing it,” said Dodson, junior in photojournalism. “On the set we all get along, so that really helps the process.”
Dodson says they do several run-throughs and practices, and the adrenaline-fueled feeling he gets when they say, “OK, we’re live” is the most memorable part of the show. Dodson says he recommends the experience to any student interested in broadcasting.
“If anybody either likes broadcasting as a hobby like I do or if they want to do it as a career,” Dodson said. “This gives you an opportunity to do something you won’t ordinarily do.”
Sydney Ward, who has served as floor director, says the program teaches students to collaborate with people of different backgrounds and personalities, to create something similar to what they would experience at a job in this field. Ward says she enjoys deciding the layout of the show the most.
“During the production process, I really like stacking the show and deciding what is going to go where and how the show is going to look,” said Ward, junior in broadcasting. “I think it is very interesting to see how people react to certain segments of the show.”
Tim Spears, producer of the show, agrees that it can be stressful at times.
“It’s a bit of a pressure cooker, but it is also great because in this class you get useful experience that is very relevant to your career,” said Spears, junior in broadcasting.
Spears says his favorite part is shooting and editing the story, because they get to write their own script in relation to things that interest them.
“We are pretty much doing the same things that we will be doing in the work force later on and we are already familiar with it,” Spears said.
Erica Edwards, instructor in communication, guides students through the experience, and she says a hands-on experience like this is helpful in teaching a class like this.
“We have some classroom time and with the live show they get to practice everything that we discussed in class,’’ Edwards said.
According to Edwards, each student comes up with his or her own story idea, and then they go out and shoot it through interviews. Then the students bring the material, write a script, and spend a few hours editing and putting it together.
“When it comes down to the show they decide the order of the stories and timing it exactly, while adding the titles and sound production,” Edwards said. “There is so much work that goes into it and the live shows are simply the reward of all that.’’