Arizona State University took top honors in a new contest aimed at showing broadcasters how younger viewers want to see TV news presented, and will accept the award at BEA’s annual convention during the NAB Show.
Sponsored by TVNewsCheck and the Broadcast Education Association, the Disrupt the News challenge seeks entries that generally stick to the programming flow of a local TV newscast, but make the format more attractive to younger audiences, especially millennials.
Telemundo University is a hands-on training program created for undergraduate journalism students who want to pursue careers in local broadcast and serve bilingual audiences in the United States. Graduates can pursue newsroom careers at 40 NBC and Telemundo owned stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The Trump era, overflowing with news, and the emergence of new ways to tell stories appears to be giving a jolt to journalism schools that in recent years struggled to cope with industry contractions. Students are more fired up than ever about learning the tools of newsgathering, educators say. And at some prominent schools, there’s evidence of growing demand for journalism degrees as applications and enrollment rebound and investigative reporting classes fill up.
RTDNA members will judge entries in a TVNewsCheck–BEA challenge asking students to produce the news the way they want to see it. The winners will receive cash prizes and will be showcased at BEA’s 2019 annual convention in Las Vegas (April 6-9), which overlaps with the NAB Show (April 8-11).
Several of the top journalism schools in the country sent a letter to the Sinclair Broadcast Group Friday objecting to the company’s forcing dozens of its anchors to read a centrally-scripted message for a promotional video on “fake” news.