With San Diego City College closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the weekly student-produced television newscast had to adjust to a new normal. But within a week, Newscene had a plan, continuing its weekly broadcasts on March 20.
Stay-at-home orders spread students from Canada to Mexico, and the team had to face a long list of technological challenges. But the skills used to produce the show is our home studio on campus were adjusted to allow for a remote, direct-to-YouTube broadcast that will continue through the spring term.
The experience mirrors that of television news operations across the nation, which are using many of the same tools Newscene students have adopted to successfully produce a show.
Seats are still available in RTVF 145, Television News Production (Course No. 24196). Students in this course produce, direct and deliver a weekly half-hour news program that airs on the county education channel, ITV 16.
The course runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:45-2 p.m. and Fridays from 9:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There are no prerequisites, but entering students can benefit from taking other RTVF skills courses in previous terms or concurrently.
Some of those skills courses still have seats available for the spring, including:
Performance for TV (RTVF 121)
M/W, 9:35-11 a.m.
TV News Field Report – News Package Production (RTVF 146)
Tues., 12:45-4:25 p.m.
Radio and TV Newswriting (RTVF 140)
M/W, 11:10-12:35 p.m.
Radio Performance (RTVF 131)
W, 6:25-9:55 p.m.
Advanced TV and Video Production (RTVF 125)
Tu/Th, 2-3:30 p.m.
Introduction to Nonlinear Editing (RTVF 153) – waitlist only!
Newscene was honored as the top local college television newscast by the San Diego Press Club at the 46th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards at the Jacobs Center on October 29.
The March 8 show, producer by Edgar Yudkevich and directed by Kenyatta Rigmaiden, included a lead story on the investigation into the chief-of-staff of freshman congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and a City College professor offering his thoughts on the crisis in Venezuela.
Student journalist Yakira Delgadillo was also honored for her television feature reporting and her work on a news package called “Power outages in Venezuela hurt most vulnerable.”
Students from the program were on hand to receive the awards, which was one of 17 awards given to students from the campus media organizations of San Diego City College. Awards were also given to staffs of the City Times newspaper and digital news site, Legend magazine and SDS Radio for podcasting.