Students from the School of Media and Communication have pooled their professional skills to produce and broadcast a live-to-air daily news and current affairs program.
The project, titled Newsline, is a bi-annual student news and journalism program co-produced by RMIT’s School of Media and Communication.
Newsline is filmed on campus at the RMIT Studio and broadcast live to Channel 31, allowing students from the Graduate Diploma in Journalism and the Certificate IV in Screen and Media to familiarise themselves with green screen technology and real-life production constraints.
Graduate Diploma in Journalism teacher Jill Singer developed the collaborative idea as a way to bring students from different programs together.
"It struck me a couple of years ago that our journalism students would benefit from being able to work with the VE students studying television production," Jill said.
"It is beneficial for both groups and reflects the types of working relationships they will need to develop in the future when they move into industry."
Rowan Humphrey, Certificate IV in Screen and Media Program Coordinator, said the project is a great way for students to experience the technical production side of the industry.
“The collaboration on Newsline ensures both cohorts of students experience a real world broadcast environment,” Humphrey said.
“Newsline has been the stepping stone for students to work in television news production.
“Graduates of the program are working in a range of broadcast television roles in both casual and full time positions.”
Graduate Diploma of Journalism student Jessica Davis said the Newsline project was an informative and rewarding experience.
“Newsline was a lot of fun; I really enjoyed working with the Screen and Media students and seeing the technical side of production,” Davis said.
“You can’t get better experience than writing copy, producing and anchoring a live-to-air show.”
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