By Mikey Domagala
Dondre Lemon, a junior journalism major, wanted to make The Pioneer accessible to a broader audience of students. With permission from the editors, Lemon created scripts out of the stories to broadcast on PTV, the campus news station. This project, entitled Pioneer TV, is a television news show creation out of Professor Jean Carlomusto’s applied TV class. “Pioneer TV represents an exciting opportunity for journalism and broadcasting students to work together on producing a newscast version of The Pioneer paper,” Carlomusto said.
The student-run show is designed to run parallel with The Pioneer, transferring print content to video. While student reporters attend school events, they will film parts of the event and interviews with students and faculty. From the print stories and video recordings, they will create segments that viewers could enjoy on campus and on the internet. Pioneer TV will utilize both YouTube and liupostpioneer.com as its online platforms, with the goal of eventually also connecting with WCWP radio station.
Lemon, along with junior broadcasting major Kyhara Jeanty, developed the idea in their applied TV class. The duo will host the show twice a month and plan to run it weekly in the near future. They are excited to see the feedback it gets around campus.
The show gives students real world experience in the classroom. “For journalism students, or any student who enjoys this kind of work, they could get experience in front of the camera, working with equipment, and learning a unique form of reporting,” Lemon said.
All students are welcome to join in the broadcasting project. Lemon is actively recruiting students to work on the news broadcasts. Students who participate on crews will be acknowledged in the on-air credits at the end of the show. If there is news to be reported or a segment to be filmed, students can borrow a camera from the TV studio on the second oor of Humanities Hall.
The first episode of Pioneer TV was posted on YouTube on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Lemon and Jeanty covered the week’s news, including the Pioneers’ 52-35 homecoming victory over Southern Connecticut State University and former President Bill Clinton’s visit to campus.
“It was awesome,” Jeanty said. “Dondre did the editing and it looked very similar to The Pioneer, beginning with news and ending with sports.” To view the first episode, visit the Youtube channel LIUPostTV or LIUPostPioneer.com.