JOU 304 WRFL Lab

Broadcast Journalism students do not just learn about television news. An entire semester of their education is dedicated to learning about a different realm of broadcasting: radio. During their radio class, titled Journalism 304, students do large scale research and reporting projects throughout the semester. They research, produce, and write a 30-minute radio show that they have to cultivate an audience for, as well as in-studio guests.

The portion of the class I am showing you is part of their weekly responsibilities. Each week, students have a lab where they produce, write, and report the morning news during three different shows on WRFL, station 88.1. Sounds like normal journalism student responsibilities, but there’s a catch. Lab starts at 6am, and there are three different shows: a 7am, an 8am, and an 8:40am newscast. The professor asks that they switch up the content of each show, and rewrite stories so they sound different and improve throughout the morning. This video takes you into the life of a JOU 304 student on a lab day.

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