Students in Carie Kapellusch’s class work on service learning projects. The students are creating reflection journals to record their experiences supporting Heifer International.
Communication Department News
Dr. Shelley Wigley hosted a two-part workshop “Dealing with the Media” for UTA’s freshmen student athletes. Part of the October workshop included student athletes manning the UTA News anchor desk and answering questions during a mock media interview.
Austin Robinson assisted UTARadio in covering events at Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 2. Robinson is pictured with Texas Rangers’ pitcher Derek Holland.
UTA Radio News won first place for Best Newscast in the South Central Broadcasting Society’s regional conference Sept. 27.
The newscast from April 2014 featured Tracie Hill, Spring 2014 BCMN grad. The SCBS includes schools from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska.
UTA Radio.com is a student-run internet radio station that serves the University of Texas at Arlington, and the world, with its eclectic mix of alternative/indie rock, sports, and student-produced entertainment. We are online, all the time at www.utaradio.com and on www.iHeartRadio.com
The Department of Communication's newly renovated broadcast studio not only provides students the use of state-of-the-art equipment, it allows more students to contribute to the department's weekly produced broadcasts.
The renovated space will be used to produce UTA News and UTA News en Español broadcasts, along with other departmental projects.
Broadcast instructors, support staff and members of the Office of Facilities Management spent the summer redesigning, repainting and re-equipping the broadcast studio. Funds for the project – which saw the overhaul of the main studio room as well as the control room – were secured from the department, the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and the Office of the Provost. Cameras were upgraded to high definition, a new set was constructed with updated University logos, and the control room was rewired and expanded.
“This is a completely different newscast than before,” said Associate Professor Andrew Clark, head of the broadcast program.
With upgrades and new equipment, students can control a state-of –the-art television studio switcher, high definition cameras, audio, graphics, recording and playback. Previously, many of these elements were limited to a single station and only allowed for one student at a time to work with these functions.
“Now, students can master each of the steps and have a better idea of what TV production is all about,” said Lecturer Julian Rodriguez.
Clark said he’s been impressed at how quickly students are gaining experience and knowledge beyond the simple know-how of the production gear.
“It’s the intangible things that are coming through,” he said. “Yes, they’re learning how to use the equipment, but they’re also learning how to work as a team, accept responsibility and offer accountability. It was hard to do that before.”
Rodriguez is excited to see how the new experience will impact students as the department continues to partner with the industry and UTA graduates enter the job market.
“This brings our department up to the current broadcast standard,” he said. “Students will be able to use technology that is being used in TV studios around the nation. The renovation and upgrade gives our students the opportunity to work with what’s out there in small and medium markets. The larger markets have more automation, so we’re working towards that goal.”
Department of Communication students benefit from the department's strong ties with local media professionals.
"It is quite common for our faculty members to invite communication professionals into the classroom to share relevant experiences with our students," said Department Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw. "Students hear first-hand from industry professionals about what life is like in the 'real world.'"
"It is a definite benefit to our students that our campus is strategically located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth area where the communication field is thriving," Markham Shaw added. "We are always appreciative when these professionals can share their experience and insight with our students."
This fall, many professionals are meeting with students, both in the classroom and through student organizations.
Jimmy Gonzalez, the VP of Programming at 107.5 La Grande, visited with broadcast students. Gonzales stopped in to speak to Lance Liguez’s broadcast management class on Sept. 18.
Gonzalez is credited with taking the station to No. 1 in the market among Spanish formats, He is also overseeing the launch of morning personality El Shoboy into national radio syndication.
Jane Slater, an anchor/reporter with local CBS affiliate, Channel 11, was guest speaker in Mark Tremayne's Current Issues class on Sept. 19.
"Jane is a former student of mine who's had an extensive career in broadcast news and sports, both in radio and television. She'll be talking about trends in broadcasting and also offering students on getting jobs and networking," Tremayne said.
Darren "Daz" McCall, co-author of the New York Times best seller Storyscaping -- Stop Creating Ads, Start Creating Worlds will offer insight to Communication students at 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Fine Arts 409.
McCall, who is chief brand strategy officer for SapientNitro, will discuss the difference between storytelling and storydoing, immersive online experiences and consumer engagement. See http://www.storyscaping.com/ for more info.
The Department of Communication hosted one of the department's most popular events. Communication Day, an annual event celebrating careers in the communication field, was held Oct. 22 in University Center's Bluebonnet Ballroom. The theme of the 6th Annual Comm Day was Destination Success.
Comm Day offers students a chance to network with top communication professionals and distinguished alumni who are eager to share tricks of the trade and help students increase their potential of landing a coveted communication position.
"Comm Day is an opportunity for students to explore the rich and diverse field of communication, including advertising, broadcast, communication studies, communication technology, journalism and public relations," offered Dr. Andrew Clark, chair of this year's event. "Alumni roundtables will allow current students to interact with departmental alum who are now working in the Communication industry.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a UTA alum, was keynote speaker for this year's event.
Destination Success also included a headshot booth, resume critiques and image consultation.
Panelists for Comm Day:
• Ben Taylor - Digital Strategist at Rockfish
• Claire Dunn - Account Executive at PAVLOV Agency
• Tanner Hearne - Director of Technology at The Music Bed
• Carlos Cucalon - Front-End Web Developer at Hanley Wood
• Shiraz Sultan - Creative, Interactive, and Marketing Recruiter at The BOSS Group
• Gentrie Pool - Sales Director at Sterling Administration
• Raquel Daisy – Communications Manager Better Business Bureau
• Jessica Dowdy – Public Relations Director Ft. Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau
• Jason Sickles – Senior Reporter Yahoo
• Reese Dunklin – Investigative Reporter Dallas Morning New
• Zoheb Hassanali – Photojournalist, KCEN Waco
• Jason Foster – Remote Broadcast Engineer, Photographer – KTVT, Dallas/Ft. Worth
Students in Communication Studies Lecturer Melanie Mason’s Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature class are participating in a service learning project this semester with Theatre Arts classes at Watauga Middle School and Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.
The Communication students are working with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders on a reader’s theatre presentation.
Mason says the students are connecting on a project for International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, according to the group’s website. http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/get-started.
“My students have provided these middle schoolers with a Reader's Theatre version of the book and a set of questions based on Burke's Pentad Dramatism Analysis so that they can better understand the script for performance,” Mason explained. “These students will then perform for us and have a discussion together on the experience.”
The COMS students have been Skyping with the younger students during class time. The Grand Prairie students visited the UTA campus for presentation of the group’s collaborative project in September.
“This project gave my students an opportunity to further explore interpretation of Children's Literature, both from an individual perspective and to watch the target demographic in action,” Mason added.
“We also provided some great resources to these middle school teachers and exposed these kids to a university experience at UTA. Go Mavs!”
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