Emile Ennis (right), a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga. and the Reinhardt College Television (RCTV) promotions coordinator, conducts an on-camera interview with Miss Reinhardt 2008, Lindsay Bradley, immediately after she is announced as the competition's winner [Fall Family Weekend, October 3, 2008].
"Lights! Camera! And...you're on!" For a select group of communication majors at Reinhardt College, television production is not just a career field they read about in a book; They are getting "on-air" and behind the camera experiences through the College's television program RCTV (Reinhardt College Television).
"RCTV provides training and hands-on experiences for all those involved in its production," said Emile Ennis, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga. and the RCTV promotions coordinator. "From serving as a field reporter to an editor to a production assistant, there are so many different ways that students can get involved with the program."
The RCTV production team is led by three students including co-executive producers Aurora Harris, a senior from Canton, Ga., and Matt Wilson, a sophomore from Snellville, Ga., who coordinate the overall production of RCTV episodes and work with various student producers who, in turn, handle the video production of various TV segments for the show RCTV Today, and Ennis, who coordinates print and electronic promotional messages for RCTV and its programming. Together, the three lead the RCTV production team in planning future episodes.
Success After Graduation
"Working on the RCTV production team gives participating students an opportunity to learn and develop a variety of media production skills," said Larry Webb, assistant professor of communication. "Many of our graduates have been able to use these skills in their current careers. Cade Fowler ['07] is a television journalist and anchor in Albany, Ga., and James Haack ['05] works in Macon as a television news journalist. At Ellijay Telephone Cable, "ETC," recent graduates working fulltime include Hannah Baker ['06], Adam Chastain ['07], and Chad Crowe ['07]. Jeremy McClure is working in Cape Town, South Africa for six months helping create video productions for a non-profit organization."
A magazine-style program designed to keep the Reinhardt community entertained and informed about on-campus events and programs, RCTV airs three to four times per semester. Under the direction of Webb and by incorporating the talent of all individuals involved, the RCTV team has already pushed the program in a new direction. New episodes are currently in production, but it was the most recent show in November that created a positive buzz on campus amongst the program's viewers.
"At the rate we are going, RCTV will soon be one of the top viewed stations at Reinhardt," said Ennis. "Our goal is to steadily increase our viewership and let the viewers witness all the talent, time and effort that is put into every show. RCTV is going places and we want people to know it!"
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