|From left to right: Kristen Holloway, Ashley Garrett, Turner Cowles and Kari Knowles|
September 2, 2011
– For the first time in its five-year history, Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) award-winning News 20 at Five team will air live newscasts five days a week via television and webcast beginning Sept. 6.
“I cannot say how historical it is,” said Kenneth Jones, the broadcast sequence coordinator of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC). He added that FAMU’s SJGC is one of the top journalism schools in the nation doing live news on television and live news via the web.
Jones said the rationale for having a webcast was to have students be competitive nationwide and using the latest and newest technology in the media. FAMU-TV 20 is an educational access channel that reaches more than 80,000 households in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties via Comcast Cable.
Leonard Horton III, visiting professor in the SJGC, reiterated how important it is for students to be competitive in the broadcast journalism field and why the addition of the webcast is so important.
“The phase that we’re in right now is known as mobile journalism,” Horton said. “People should be able to use their cell phones to view our content, and journalists should be able to use cell phones to produce content.”
Horton also mentioned that the newscasts will be streamed to the web everyday and archived. The content will be available for viewing at anytime and can be accessed by logging on to www.famutvnews.com.
Ashley Garrett, a broadcast journalism student from Orlando, and Turner Cowles, an English major and journalism minor at Florida State University (FSU), have been selected as the lead news anchors for the News 20 at Five live newscast for the 2011 fall semester.
Garrett said that her role entails reporting the news and delivering it in a way that the audience will be receptive to.
Garrett said she is excited for the fall and that gaining this position is very important and essential for this stage in her life as she aspires to be an entertainment news analyst that hosts style and red carpet events.
“I think it will be good for my résumé,” Garrett said. “It will prepare me for being more comfortable on camera and being comfortable reporting.”
Cowles, a broadcast journalism minor, is the first FSU student to co-anchor News 20 at Five. He is also the 2011-2012 news editor of FSU’s FSView and Florida Flambeau as well as the assignment editor for WVFS V89 News in Tallahassee.
Kari Knowles, a senior broadcast journalism student from Tampa and Kristen Holloway, a senior broadcast journalism student from Atlanta have been selected as the weather anchor and sports anchor respectively for the live newscast.
The News 20 at Five news producers will be Markia Butler, a senior broadcast journalism student from Jacksonville; Beverly Robertson, a senior broadcast journalism student from Ocala; VeAngela Ashley, a senior broadcast journalism student from Miami and Lizetra Wilson, a senior broadcast journalism student from Boynton Beach. Spencer Henderson, a senior broadcast journalism student from Tallahassee and Phillip Rivers, a senior broadcast journalism student from Miami will serve as sports producers for the show.
The University’s award-winning student-run publications have also chosen their new editors-in-chief. Clarece Polke, a senior print journalism student from Archer will be the editor of The Famuan, and Kristen Swilley, a junior journalism student from Atlanta, will serve as editor of Journey Magazine.
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