Lab Puts Students in Anchor Chair

Also read about ThreeSixty’s newsroom writing and fake news learning labs.

We’re recording in three, two and one….

Safiya Mohamed anchoring TV Broadcast Learning Lab
Safiya Mohamed anchors a ThreeSixty News in :90 newscast from the TommieMedia newsroom.

ThreeSixty students heard that countdown before they delivered individual 90-second newscasts recorded in the TommieMedia newsroom at the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, Feb. 16, during ThreeSixty’s final Learning Lab. The lab focused on TV broadcast and put students in the anchor chair, plus offered a sneak peek at some of the skills emphasized during ThreeSixty’s summer TV Broadcast Camp.

For most of Saturday’s participants, the TV broadcast experience was a first. Students were guided through script writing and undertook the challenge of rewriting a wire story into two or three sentences. They also stepped into the producer role and were challenged to determine story order for a newscast. As a warm-up, excited students practiced silly tongue twisters.

Jesse-Ordoñez Saybe anchors a ThreeSixty News in :90 newscast from the TommieMedia newsroom.

These skill-building lessons are a springboard to writing college-level News in :90 segments, which University of St. Thomas Communication and Journalism students working at TommieMedia write, record and produce daily.

The Learning Lab is a new teaching format ThreeSixty launched this February for its News Team sessions. The first week focused on writing, while the second week was about editing and fake news.