First live TV debut for WCSU students
Nov. 8 broadcast provided local election coverage
DANBURY, CONN. — For the first time in Western Connecticut State University history, a class of communication students covered the local elections for selected towns in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties on live television. From 8 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, students reported on Danbury and 14 surrounding towns out of the Charter Communications Cable Access Studio, 9 Commerce Road in Newtown.
Airing on channel 21 and reaching the nearly 65,000 households that subscribe to the Charter network, the live program, “Election Eleven, WCSU News,” covered election outcomes for Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, Monroe, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Trumbull, Washington and Woodbury.
Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. JC Barone is both the creator of the news show and instructor for the class that produced it. “We provided an exciting and important community service and gave our students an excellent opportunity,” Barone said.
The live show, part of COM 394 “Live News and Election Broadcast,” was the result of a collaboration between Charter Communications, WCSU’s Office of University Computing and WXCI 91.7, the campus radio station. On the night of the live program, WXCI 91.7 provided a simulcast and University Computing supplied the Internet broadcast.
“I am honored to have worked with so many talented people,” said Barone.
The class is comprised of communication/media arts majors and professional writing/journalism majors. The live program employed students both behind and in front of the cameras, depending upon the position that each student held. The entire live show was operated, produced and directed by students with Barone as lead producer and several WCSU faculty members serving as anchors. The student field reporters and faculty anchors covered the election results, candidates and party platforms in a CNN-news style.
Assistant Professor of Communication Tammy McVey-Camilleri worked with the student reporters as a journalism coach throughout the semester. The class also partnered with a group of political science and economics professors and students for research purposes.
The anchors chosen for the three-hour program included Dr. Christopher Kukk and Dr. Patricia Crouse from the social sciences/political science department, and Dr. Truman Keys and Dr. Jay Brower from the communication department. They provided commentary and analysis on the races, candidates and certain hot topics. Field reporters and camera crews were stationed in Newtown, Brookfield and Southbury, and also at the Danbury Democratic and Republican headquarters.
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