A West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism student will report live today (Oct. 3) for a new, fall segment of MSNBC News calledMSNBC on Campus.
The MSNBC on Campus segments feature college reporters across the country reporting big, local news stories and breaking news, as well as student reactions to national news stories affecting their area.
WVU broadcast news senior Chad Beighley of Vandergrift will be one of the first students selected to go live at 4:20 p.m. on MSNBC from WVU s news set at WVU Television Productions.
This is so huge,an excited Beighley said this morning before the taping.Its such an honor to be able to do this. This is the first time anybody from school has gotten this opportunity. Its humbling to say the least.
Beighley will be reporting on WVU s new campus safety initiatives, including a text-alert system that will allow University officials to notify students and employees of an emergency quickly via text messaging. The segment will include shots of the WVU campus.
Professor Gina Martino Dahlia, acting chairman of WVU s broadcast news sequence, said only the top journalism schools across the country were chosen through an application selection process to participate, adding that WVU was invited to be a part of the show following their student coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy last spring.
Several WVU broadcast news students went to Blacksburg, Va., and appeared in live shots for MSNBC following the shootings.
Their producers contacted us and said our kids did a great job for them,Dahlia said.They said �€~We want them to be a part of this new college report.
Its an honor to be a part of a national news organization,said School of Journalism dean Maryanne Reed.We are very fortunate that our students get to showcase their work on a national level. To get such high-level exposure for them can lead to a lot of opportunities.
WVU News is a biweekly student-run newscast that airs statewide on PBS every other Sunday at 1 p.m., as part of Campus Connection.