RMIT moves to new ways of broadcasting television news programs by using live streaming technologies.
Following the Federal Government’s decision to stop access to the broadcasting spectrum by community broadcaster Channel 31, RMIT is moving to new and innovative ways to air student television news programs.
The spectrum is being reallocated by the government for trials of new broadcast technologies.
RMIT’s student journalism program, Newsline, has been featured on Channel 31 for the station’s 22-year history.
This year’s half-hour programs were broadcast live from RMIT’s studios and were a joint production featuring the work of students in the Graduate Diploma in Journalism, the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) and the Certificate IV in Screen and Media.
According to journalism lecturer Dr Alex Wake, the student television news program pre-dated the establishment of Channel 31, with some archival footage showing programs from the early 1990s.
“Some of Australia's best journalists had their first experience in television on Channel 31," Wake said.
“We will be ensuring our plans for 2017 still give students great experiences and that they are seen by a wide audience.
“The RMIT news programs will continue to adapt to the new broadcasting environment."
The 2016 production was overseen by academics Wake, Tito Ambyo, Rowan Humphrey, journalist Susan Wilson and production staff James Gormley and Brian Westbrook and can be viewed on the City Journal website.
Channel 31 will continue linear broadcast online as they transform to the new model of video on demand.
The free-to-air spectrum will be switched off at midnight on 31 December.
Story: Wendy Little