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HCTV News is a weekly live newscast produced by Communication Arts: Radio-Television Broadcasting students enrolled in Advanced Video Production courses at Herkimer College. A full half hour newscast normally runs in the spring semester, while a 15 minute version runs typically in fall semesters.

In the spring 2014 semester, led mostly by one student in particular, we added a full week of daily newscasts during the last full week of classes. In addition to the full 30 minute cast on Thursdays, the student crew did live 15 minute newscasts every other day that week. Melissa Krull '14 took the reins as producer for four of those newscasts that week, in addition to main anchor duties as well as shooting and editing several of the pieces used throughout the week and the semester.

The newscast was our final newscast of the semester, airing on May 2nd, 2014. The content of the cast covers stories relating to typical “end of semester” activities in the Communication Arts areas (including a story about the fact that this is a historic newscast effort for the program) along with stories regarding student stress during finals and health related issues students might face. This was also the first time the students implemented the use of over the shoulder graphic elements into the newscast as well.

HCTV News began in 2003, and has grown each year here at Herkimer College. This newscast represents a first for our two year program in that we have never done live news every day for a full week. It really was a fantastic effort by the entire production team-keeping in mind that these are “just” second year students who, just three short months earlier, had virtually no experience in live news production.

In addition to Melisa Krull’s work as producer, anchor, videographer and editor, other major contributors were Kristofer Klosner working as our technical director/weathercaster, and Sean Messier as our director/TD when Mr. Klosner was doing weather. “Having the chance to anchor and produce many of the spring 2014 semester HCTV News broadcasts provided me with incredible learning experiences that I have carried into my television career. Plainly speaking, you can buy an education but you can't buy experience. During our time of daily news, HCTV News provided us with an experience similar to an established news organization consisting of tight deadlines, news updates, and of course, a couple "slow" days. And I loved it” says Melissa Krull.


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For more videos and newscasts, visit Herkimer College Communication Arts on YouTube