By Chelsie Gastright, Organizations Editor
February 20, 2013
At the beginning of February, a group of dedicated High Point University students revived HPU TV, a student led, student run news program on campus. What once was primarily hard news, is now what sophomore Kyle Berube calls news in a “sketch comedy” kind of format.
“Our goal is to produce a weekly news program, but not a traditional news style program,” said Berube, creative director and guest producer for HPU TV. “We have a lot more creative liberties that we’re allowed to take than if you work for ABC or NBC.”
Feb. 8 was HPU TV’s first show, but unlike traditional news shows it did not air on television. Melia Sigmon, HPU sophomore and general manager for HPU TV, explained that HPU TV is done through social media sites, such as YouTube and Facebook, and does not have a designated television channel for students to view.
Sigmon and Berube both stressed that the organization, while still learning and growing, has a fun and creativity driven atmosphere.
“It’s just kind of for the fun of it,” explained Sigmon. “I feel like the fact that it’s so creative and it’s so student run, it gives us the opportunities that we are most interested in and what we think the High Point students are most interested in.”
Along with their weekly produced shows, HPU TV works closely with the video and studio production practicum classes to help provide those enrolled earn their designated applied hours outside of class. HPU TV is also a good resume builder, allowing students to get hand on experience with some of the same technology they could be working with in future jobs.
“It’s a great way to showcase your work,” said Berube. “When it comes time to graduate if you’re a journalism student, to put together a tape of work for a job is a physical way to show your talents and your skills, which is sometimes hard to do.”
While their main goal will always be to produce a student-friendly news program, Sigmon and Berube both expressed big plans for the future. Once HPU TV has become more established, the organizations hopes to hold informational workshops.
These workshops would teach students and members of the organization proper techniques to use, what lighting is best for what shot, and how to use the video cameras in the studio.
Sigmon also hopes to try and obtain a grant for the organization, allowing them purchase hard drives, SD cards, and a video camera the club can call their own.
HPU TV is currently meeting on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Communication Studio in the School of Communication building. There are no requirements to join – just a passion to work with video production, broadcast journalism in a creativity-driven atmosphere. There’s also no deadline to join.
For more information on HPU TV or if you have a story idea you would like to suggest or submit, email Sigmon (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can visit HPU TV on their main website (hputelevision.wordpress.com), Facebook (www.facebook/hputv?fref=ts), Twitter (twitter.com/HPU_TV), and on YouTube for their weekly show (youtube.com/HPUTelevision).