Students launch Brookes TV

Monday, 12 March 2007

Brookes students have launched a weekly news show through local TV station Six TV.

Oxford Brookes students have launched a weekly, half hour news show to update students about what's happening at Brookes and beyond. It's also set to reach a wider audience of young people through local TV station Six TV.

"Brookes TV is designed for students and other young people to have a weekly catch up of local news in a fun and informal way," says fourth year Media Technology student Nik Pinks. After returning from his industry placement at Avid Technology, a leading supplier of broadcasting technology, Nik came up with the idea of establishing a news show at Oxford Brookes.

Nik, now Executive Director of Brookes TV, says: "This was a step forward for students and staff at Oxford Brookes' School of Technology, but our lecturers have been really supportive in helping us get this started. The University has invested in a state of the art newsroom suite from Avid. It's an industry-standard newsroom, the same quality as that used by Sky or ITV."

The first broadcast of Brookes TV took place on Friday 2 March and featured the public lecture at Oxford Brookes by World Trade Centre hero William Rodriguez, Chinese New Year, "Dancin' Oxford" festival and a music video.

Based in the newly-opened School of Technology building on the Wheatley campus, the newsroom is the perfect training ground for students to experience what work in the media world is like.

Around 100 students are involved in deciding editorial content, filming interviews, editing footage and presenting the show. For most of the students, this is an extra curricular activity, but six of the students are Media Technology undergraduates who are running Brookes TV as part of their course. This team of six producers rotate through different roles each week, taking turns to be the Director, Producer, sound engineer, vision mixer, or editor.

Dr Alla Cordery, Head of Electronic Engineering, says: "This is a fantastic opportunity that gives the students the chance to experience how a real newsroom works. The students are learning new skills which will ultimately make them more employable once they graduate."

"Before, the Media Technology Bsc course only involved video editing, now the students have to follow the whole news from deciding on content, filming interviews, editing and producing the show to a tight weekly deadline. We've seen them working around the clock to make it happen."

From September there will be two new modules of study based around the newsroom - one for undergraduates and one for postgraduates.

Brookes TV is broadcast each week on local channel Six TV at 8pm on Fridays, with repeats throughout the week.

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