Students create first CSJMM TV news program!

As part of a TV Reporting course taught by Nino Orjonikidze and Nino Japiashvili, CSJMM students produced a professional quality 29-minute TV news program. Please watch the first part of the  program and then congratulate the Class of 2012 and their instructors. Then continue reading this post.

Goal 4 of the “Journalism School Partnership Program,” for which I’m the principal investigator, is to “improve experiential learning opportunities.” The three specific objectives are:

1. Develop “capstone experiences.”

2. Improve student-run media.

3. Improve the internship program.

In the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC), at the University of South Carolina, a “capstone experience” is a semester-long period when students work intensively to produce a professional quality product. SJMC journalism students either work 40 hours+ a week to produce a 30-minute TV news program five days a week (Monday through Friday) or they work 40 hours+ a week to produce either a printed or online newspaper.

CSJMM students just completed a smaller-scale version of a “capstone experience.” I take NO credit for implementing this capstone experience, but I believe students gained a lot and had fun, so I hope future students will have a similar opportunity.

What would truly be exciting would be for students at the SJMC and students at CSJMM to jointly produce a multimedia news program. Imagine if the news program had a theme—such as health care. Students from both schools would report and edit health care stories. Then an international team of student managers would coordinate the international program. US students would better understand the US healthcare system by learning about the system in Georgia and vice versa. Of course, such a project would be challenging, but the rewards would make the effort worthwhile.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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