Undergraduate students enrolled in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University produce VCU InSight, a TV news program that airs monthly on WCVW-TV Richmond PBS, a Community Idea Station. The half-hour show premiered in January 2003 featuring university events, community issues and profiles of VCU students, faculty and alumni.
A team of undergraduate broadcast journalism student anchors, reporters, producers and production personnel creates the television broadcast through the Mass Communications course MASC 465 Newscasting. Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz is the primary course instructor in addition to being the show’s co-news director and executive producer. Colleen Riley Phelps, a longtime reporter and anchor at Richmond’s WWBT-TV NBC12, is the co-instructor and co-news director. Gary Gillam, owner of G2 Productions in Richmond, is the studio supervisor. VCU print journalism students are occasional content partners.
VCU InSight won first place for “Best All-Around Television Newscast” in the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Mark of Excellence” awards for Region 2 (including Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina) in 2010 and 2012, and took third place in 2011.
Students and faculty began the fall 2012 semester with new high definition studio equipment. This, in addition to the HD field cameras students had been using for a few semesters, allowed the show to air on Richmond PBS in full HD. Read an article about the new equipment on the School’s website.
VCU InSight creates a real world broadcast news opportunity for mass communications students while exposing the Richmond PBS audience and greater Richmond area to important events and issues concerning VCU and the surrounding community.
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