Hattiesburg, Miss. -- “Southern Miss Magazine,” a weekly 30-minute television program produced by broadcasting students in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, airs on Comcast Cable Channel 11 at 6 p.m. weeknights.
New editions air each Monday and are rerun Tuesday through Friday. The program first aired during the fall of 2007.
“The show gives students the opportunity to work in a very real-world setting,” Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, said. “They’re pretty excited about it. For the broadcasting students, it serves as the kind of practical experience that print journalism students get when they work on The Student Printz. It also serves as another journalistic voice for students on campus.”
Broadcast journalism students working with Andy Barth, 2007-08 distinguished lecturer in broadcast journalism, produce news features and serve as anchors, producers and reporters for the program. Broadcast production students working with Dennis Webster and staff members from Broadcasting and Media Production Services serve as the production crew.
Kevin Wheeler, a senior broadcast journalism major from Birmingham, Ala., works with Barth in reviewing stories submitted for broadcast by fellow students. “This program gives us the opportunity to gain experience and produce resumé tapes that students can use when looking for jobs after graduation,” he said.
Cathy Jo Burks, a senior from New Orleans, serves as executive director for the show this semester, and agrees with Wheeler that the hands-on experience provided through the program is invaluable in preparing students for their career. “It gives us a look at how both sides of the coin work, with regard to broadcast journalism and the technical aspects of production,” she said.
Local businesses interested in sponsoring the program should contact the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at 601.266.4604. For more information about Southern Miss Magazine, contact Dr. Chris Campbell at 601.266.4258 or
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