UTA Department of Communication students are getting a first-hand look at the fast-paced world of journalism and broadcast news.

The UTA broadcast majors covered the arrival of President Barack Obama at Dallas Fort Worth Love Field April 24. The President was in Dallas for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The nation's five surviving presidents attended the center’s dedication. More than 10,000 people gathered on the Southern Methodist University campus amid tight security from local and federal law enforcement.

UTA students, Annabelle Hernandez, Laura Romo and Madeline Amashta, also traveled to Waco where President Obama attended a memorial event to honor those injured and killed in the fertilizer plant explosion that rocked the small, farming community of West last week. The memorial was held on the campus of Baylor University.

Enrolled in TV Reporting class this semester, the students are also very involved in UTA News en Español, explained Julian Rodriguez, broadcast lecturer and faculty sponsor of UTA News en Español.

"Covering these events helps our students work side by side with professional journalists, covering events of national impact," Rodriguez said, "Covering events of this magnitude prepares our students for the pace and professionalism required of broadcast journalists."

The students' stories of the President's arrival and the West memorial aired on Time Warner Cable in Arlington and online at UTANews.com and TV.UTA.EDU.