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Marshall students seek to produce new television program

The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10

The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications offers its students a variety of ways to get involved during school.

Marcus Constantino, a senior online journalism major, along with others from WMUL-FM, hopes to add another opportunity for students.

Their idea is to take some of what WMUL-FM is doing on the radio and moving it downstairs and taking it to television. The only way that this can happen though is if students get involved.

Constantino has organized meetings for students who may be interested in working to develop a student produced television show.

Constantino said Marshall University has one of the nicest television studios in the state of West Virginia.

“That was the first full high-definition studio in the state of West Virginia, and we are so lucky to have state-of-the-art equipment in there,” he said.

Constantino would like to see student programming returning to the studio so more students can get involved.

The last student-run program was Up Late, a unique show that gave students the opportunity to direct and run the cameras as well as see how an actual production went on.

 “With enough interest, we could bring back something like that,” Constantino said.

Students can gain experience producing a real life television production that can’t be replicated in the classroom.

The only other television programs at Marshall are MU Report and Up to the Minute, both prerecorded newscast shows.

“If we have enough students to make this happen, I think it would be a great thing for the College of Arts and Media as well as Marshall University as a whole,” Constantino said. “It would also be a way for the community to see the programming and see what all Marshall University students are capable of doing.”

He hopes that if students show interest this will open up the opportunity of student television programming returning to Marshall.

“The students of COAM are so creative,” Constantino said. “I think we produce professional work, and I think we can produce a professional television production as well. It would be great to share that with the campus community and throughout the Tri-State.”

The interest meetings will be Wednesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. inside of the communications building in Studio A.

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