A nerve center and on-hands learning laboratory for our College are the several different newsroom operations that give students the experiential opportunities outside of the classroom.
River Region Evening Edition
The newsroom and award-winning Evening Edition newscast operate in a partnership between the College, the Department of Radio-Television, and WSIU-TV. Here students gain a valuable blend of a quality education and hands-on learning experiences sought by prospective employers.
The state-of-the-art facility gives students experience working in a TV newsroom, where our newscasts will air live to a potential audience of more than three million people in five states. Students shoot Sony HD HDR-AX200 cameras, and edit in newsroom workstations using a PC-based news computer system that creates seamless workflow between story planning, writing, producing and broadcast. The workstations also allow access to the Mac-based video editing system, Final Cut Pro. Students capture, edit, and deliver video to WSIU’s master control room for broadcast, and the Evening Edition website, where stories are viewed from around the world. Students may also archive their own work utilizing a portable hard drive or DVD.
Student journalists have complete access to Associated Press coverage of regional, national and international stories. A partnership with CNN provides access to and use of news on-demand through CNN Newsource, using the Pathfire Digital Media Gateway system.
WSIU Radio Newsroom
Staff and students with WSIU Radio produce more than 320 hours of local news programming annually, including 15 local weekday newscasts and three Saturday morning local broadcasts. WSIU’s staff has earned numerous awards for radio news and documentaries. WSIU Radio is an affiliate with the Associated Press, the Illinois Radio Network, and Illinois Public Radio.
The WSIU Radio Newsroom features seven Dell Optiplex 990 digital workstations that utilize Adobe Audition 6. Field sound is recorded on Marantz PMD 660 and PMD 620 portable digital SD recorders as well as Tascam DR 100 and Tascam DR 1 SD recorders. The main production suite utilizes a Wheatstone G4 control surface and bridge routing system with ISDN capability.
The Daily Egyptian
The award-winning Daily Egyptian Newspaper is a student-run campus morning newspaper whose history dates back to 1916. The paper publishes five days a week when classes are in session in the fall and spring semesters, and three days a week during the summer semester. The newspaper circulates about 20,000 copies on campus and throughout the surrounding communities. The newspaper utilizes Associated Press, and is published and printed in a plant equipped with electronic facilities to produce a 30-page daily newspaper on a web offset press.