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JEM Students Move Weekly Show Online

UT Today - Spring 2020 Staff

When spring semester classes moved online after spring break, School of Journalism and Electronic Media lecturer Melissa Greene-Blye was not sure about the future of UT Today.

The student-led weekly TV news program is produced by Greene-Blye’s advanced multimedia reporting class. From on-camera roles to operating the teleprompter, the course gives students who want to be anchors and reporters an opportunity to run a full news program in the Communication Building’s broadcast studio.

“How do you take an in-studio class virtual?” Greene-Blye asked. “Students in this class are getting anchoring experience for their highlight reel. The students were adamant for the show to go on.”

Equipped with Zoom meetings, increased communication, and mobile phones, the students converted their traditional show to an entirely online production. Of the seven shows this semester, four will have been produced in the online format, including the final program last week.

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