by Keith Oppenheim, Assistant Professor, Broadcasting
On Friday, October 21st, 18 broadcasting students got up early for a visit to two broadcast news outlets in Chicago.
The first was the NBC News network bureau. There, students met with a veteran producer who did a great job of explaining the various roles network staff have, including assignment editors, field producers, video editors and correspondents.
From there, the students toured the local news operation at WMAQ or NBC-5, the NBC affiliate in the same building. The group spoke with a web producer, a medical reporter, saw the sets for the evening newscasts, and got a look at a robotic camera priced at $250,000.
The students walked into the now defunct studios of Jerry Springer’s program and sat in the very active street-side studio of the noon newscast. Many of them actually got on television, standing behind the weather reporter in the plaza along Michigan Avenue.
In all, it was a nice exposure to how networks and network-owned stations operate.