Students Create and Produce Live TV News and Sports Shows
Alumni Discover Lasting Value in Learning to Solve Problems
Communication majors at Marist have a unique opportunity to create their own live TV shows. Dr. Ryan Rogers, Professor of Communication, teaches COM 332- Producing the Newscast and COM 448- Sports Broadcasting, which utilizes these shows as part of their curriculum. Once a week in these classes, students tape a sports show and a news show. Their duties entail producing, writing, anchoring, reporting, and running all of the equipment. In order to get a well-rounded experience, the students rotate through each of these roles.
A normal class week is split up, with one day being dedicated to the students putting together the final pieces of the show and then going live. The second day is composed of critiques, where the students watch the show and talk about what could be improved. These shows are available for viewing both live in the studio and online.
James Duryea, the manager of the TV studio, helps to integrate the technology into the class. This includes lighting, camera operation, teleprompter, technical direction, graphics, and sound. The equipment varies from Sony HD studio cameras, a Ross Carbonite video switcher, a teleprompter, wireless microphones, and low-heat LED lights. The students also become proficient in avid video editing software.
Dr. Rogers assists the students by providing them feedback and a weekly critique but mainly encourages his students to come into their own. “There are almost innumerable ways as to how this benefits the students,” Rogers said. “The students gain a variety of skills and unique experiences.” He added, “The feedback from students has been extremely positive and a lot of students have gone to work in this field. The classes are energetic and a lot of fun to teach.”
One of Dr. Rogers’s former students, Callie Parmele ‘15, currently works for the NHL team Colorado Avalanche in the Communications and Public Relations Department. As someone who took both Producing the Newscast and Sports Broadcasting, she credits those classes for providing her more options in what jobs she applied for after graduation and has found that she often uses what she learned in the classes at her current job.
“Part of my day-to-day tasks include editing packages and recording interviews, as well as checking audio levels for these videos,” Parmele said. “Another person in my department started at the same time as I did but had a Journalism concentration in college instead of Sports Communication. When she is tasked with video jobs she is very uncomfortable and often asks me to step in for her. This shows me that even though I am not working in the world of broadcasting right now, there is still a lot of benefit from my time in Dr. Rogers’s class.”
Parmele believes that she learned countless lessons from the classes. She stressed the importance of teamwork and how 18 different people worked together to create a show. “I learned how to direct a show and make a two-column script, as well as design graphics and be a floor manager, but I think the biggest lesson I took away from the class was the benefit of teamwork,” she said.
Dr. Rogers would often tell his students a story about a saying he encountered while working in Los Angeles: “NMP- not my problem.” He would want his students to take the initiative by making things their problem. The lesson he was teaching is that if everyone sits back and waits for someone else to step up and fix something, nothing will ever get done. In the workforce, it is imperative for an up-and-coming worker to show their work and make things their problem.
The reputation of Dr. Rogers and his classes have not gone unnoticed, as many students are eager to enroll in both Producing the Newscast and Sports Broadcasting. Dylan Gordon ’17 is currently taking Producing the Newscast this semester and is excited for what he will learn. “I love everything with the news so I want to hone my skills with it all in the class,” he explained. Meanwhile, several Sports Com students are looking forward to taking Sports Broadcasting, especially since it is only offered once a year.
Parmele lauds the support that Dr. Rogers provided her and her fellow students. “He was super invested in the class and showed the students that if they put the time and energy into the show, the final product would be better off,” she explained. “He encouraged everyone to work together and to rely on each other.”
Student videos created for the two courses are available on the class's YouTube Channel.
Written by Adriana Belmonte '17
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