Broadcast students producing stories for Florida’s #1 News station, WPTV (NBC 5)

Published Mar. 26, 2009

WPTV-NewsChannel 5 and Lynn University have announced a local news partnership which will have students in the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of International Communication producing and filing news and feature stories for and, potentially, the station’s television broadcasts.

The arrangement, formalized last month, has WPTV – a Scripps Howard television station – regularly screening stories submitted from Lynn multimedia journalism students. Selected print and video stories will be uploaded by the station to its news site, and even considered for regular WPTV newscasts.

“This innovative program with NewsChannel 5 permits Lynn journalism students to participate directly in the professional media environment and build their broadcast journalism credentials,” said David Jaffe, dean of the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of International Communication. “The partnership reaffirms the college’s commitment to experiential learning in our nine undergraduate pre-professional programs,” noted Jaffe.

“Lynn University approached us on this project and we are pleased to partner with them,” said WPTV General Manager Steve Wasserman.  “I think this will provide the opportunity for more local coverage of issues important to people in southern Palm Beach County.”

In just a month’s time, Lynn students have already produced a handful of stories for WPTV, the number one ranked news station in the state of Florida. Under the heading “Lynn University Reports,” students have loaded stories focusing on the Boca Raton Police Department’s Crime Scene Unit and a recent visit to the Lynn campus by former U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our journalism students to learn from the big boys and to have their work published,” said Lynn journalism professor Jim Brosemer, a former TV reporter with Scripps, and NBC.

According to Brosemer, the partnership continues his work to explore citizen journalism opportunities while allowing for controlled, two-way conversations concerning news events.