UWM student-produced stories to air on TV

Three UWM student journalists’ work will appear as segments on WTMJ-TV’s Sunday morning show this spring. The students made the stories through the Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies program’s television news reporting class.

“This is a huge honor,” said Jessie Garcia Marble, the UWM lecturer who teaches the class. “In the class, students start without knowing how to even use the camera. This class turns them into TV reporters by having each of them produce four stories.”

MacKenzie Lillund’s “Smashing Out Cancer” story will air on May 20. It is about a campus fundraiser in which community members could donate money to cancer research and smash a junker car on Spaights Plaza.

A student speaks into a microphone in front of a doughnut shop.
Carrie Mahone’s story will appear on WTMJ-TV on May 27. (YouTube screenshot)

Carrie Mahone’s story, “Donuts! Donuts! Get your fresh donuts!” is a profile of the Donut Squad shop on Prospect Avenue. The story previously appeared on Media Milwaukee and will air on May 27.

Henry Morgan interviewed his grandparents for the story “Riverside Alumni Reflect on 150th Anniversary.” His grandparents attended Milwaukee’s Riverside University High School, which was founded in 1868 as Milwaukee High School, the first secondary school in the city. The story will air on June 3.

The UWM stories will air on WTMJ’s “Live at Daybreak” show at about 5:50 a.m.

The stories were an assignment that challenged the students to tell a story in a mere 80 seconds.

This is the second time that student-produced work from the class has aired on WTMJ, and Marble notes that other UWM courses have also partnered with the station to give students experience in broadcast journalism.

The three stories were selected by Jenna Gaidosh, an associate producer at WTMJ and an alumna of UWM’s JAMS program.

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