Apr 17

The goodbyes continue

Last Friday night the first show of the year to wrap had their day. Tonight, we’re saying auf wiedersehen to the news show, Hoosier News Source. As always, I learned a lot and I had a great deal of fun. I hope they did too. Those two ladies are the graduating news directors, and they’ve meant a lot to the IUS-TV project in the last few years.


We’re also closing down, for the summer, the pop culture smash hit show What’s Up Weekly. It has been a lot of fun to see, even some of the fashion segments!


This crew has only had to put up with me for the one year, of course, and I hope they found it useful.


Some of them will be going to work in Illinois, here in Indiana, Virginia and elsewhere. They are a talented group of young people. I say it a lot, and think it more often, but they come in on their free time to work on these projects when they could be anywhere. They come do this because they believe us when we say it will be good for them in the long run, professionally. (And it will be.) But they could be anywhere. They all know it, but the few dozen that take part, they’re the smart ones. They’re working extra hard on yet another project that, if I had my way, they’d view as an almost-full time job. They do it without receiving a lot of recognition and they do it for free. They do it because they are awesome.

I, at least, appreciate the effort. I hope they appreciate the experience, and that it serves them well.

Apr 17

In 5, 4, 3 …

I managed to step outside just in time for the clouds to roll in. But I wanted to take pictures, and so take pictures I did. Here’s Franklin Hall, from a slightly different perspective than I have shot it before. This is the place where we spend most of our time:

And here are the Sample Gates next to the building, all decorated out in bright spring landscaping:

Inside Franklin Hall tonight, in the Beckley Studios, we shot a news show tonight. And tonight’s anchors, two seniors who are now counting the days, had a little fun before they put on their serious faces:

Lawson and Neil are talented people. Neil is the outgoing station manager. Lawson is a show producer and she’s packing for a Virginia TV market right after graduation. Their colleague at one of our reporter stations is also incredibly talented. Alex may well be a star reporter in the making:

The crew also shot What’s Up Weekly tonight, and we learned all about the current events, celebrity and style happenings. Also, there was a big surprise, but you’ll have to wait until Sierra and Sheila’s show runs to see that:

Apr 17


The lead story here pretty much took up all of the day for some reason:

I’ve covered presidents in fixed positions, arriving presidents, more than a few hostage situations and a couple of violent protests. All of which were more ado about something than this. But this is the way of things.

The good news is: everyone that wanted to be heard spoke or shouted in one way or another and no one was hurt in the process. So victory all the way around.

Apr 17

Television projects you can watch, on this very page!

At 2:18 p.m. I received a project that ate into my day, and will probably do the same tomorrow, as well. So, here, have some videos!

This is the late night show the students produce on IUS. This one was taped on Friday and was shared today:

There are some nice interviews there and, everyone’s favorite: Woke On An Elevator.

Tonight the What’s Up Weekly crew shot their show, catch up on the latest in pop culture here:

And the sports talk show from last Sunday night. Watch this and you’ll be all up to date:

Until tomorrow, that is. So, then, until tomorrow!

Mar 17

Pushing buttons, listening to questions, watching shows

I got to spend part of this morning in a conversation with the dean, my boss, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen:

The dean is the gentleman on the left. He hosts a podcast where he talks with campus researchers, newsmakers and various guests. Cohen has a small role on campus and is visiting this week in fulfilling some of those responsibilities, so he stopped in for a chat. He always seems like a kind man in interviews and today was no different. He’s also quite thoughtful, as you might imagine for a columnist. It was a fine way to spend part of your morning.

I also sat in on some student leadership interviews today, taught someone how to use a phone and watched the production of a news show. Those are always fun. I especially enjoy when they add new elements to their programming. Here’s a new interview segment, which concentrates on student entrpreneurs: