Students and staff put new state-of-the-art TV studios in RMIT’s media precinct to the test in first broadcast.
Students from the Certificate IV in Screen and Media, Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) joined forces for the first broadcast of student program Newsline on Channel 31.
Under the direction of television lecturer and industry fellow, Phil Kafcaloudes, and with the support of journalism academics Alex Wake and Tito Ambyo, the students produced a week of live television news programs featuring some of the nation's most up-and-coming journalists.
Phil is an international, award-winning journalist and joined RMIT this year after a long broadcasting career with the ABC. He said the new technology and facilities make it easier for students to achieve their personal goals as creative communicators and link them to professionals in the industry.
Journalism lecturer Alex Wake said, “Many of our final year journalism students have already been employed by the nation's leading news outlets, and we’re sure many more will be after they see their work.
"The students are very lucky to be getting to use these state-of-the-art facilities. Many news organisations would kill to have studios this good,” said Wake.
The production as it unfolded:
One week before go-live, Certificate IV in Screen and Media students met with television production staff Brian Westbrook and James Gormley, and graduate of the program Jess Dunn, to prepare for the broadcast.
After a day of set-up, and under the supervision of television teachers Sarita de Gruchy and Rowan Humphrey, students “bumped in the set” and got into the task of operating in the new facilities.
It was all hands on deck as journalism students arrived at the studio with their scripts, stories and smiling faces for the big day.
Journalism graduate and ABC news director Eliza Beck rehearsed with the cast and crew during the afternoon.
At 4 pm sharp, C31 presenters handed their broadcast space over to the student Director’s Assistant, and the opening graphics package rolled off playback and journalist presenters awaited their first cues.
Half an hour later, and with barely a perceptible flaw in the production, these two groups of students had demonstrated what it means to be part of a hands-on team – ready for work and life education – and the new Media Precinct had been christened in style.
Story: Wendy Little