Oct. 1, 2012
Contact: Keith Chamberlin
Director of Communications and Marketing
802 626-6459 (work) 802 751-9122 (cell)
Perennial Contender Competing Against Much Larger Colleges
LYNDON CTR., VT.: College Broadcasters Inc. has named Lyndon State College’s News7 newscast of March 27, 2012, a national finalist for last year’s best student newscast. News7 is the daily television newscast of the Vermont Center for Community Journalism (VCCJ). That 5:30pm newscast included coverage of the kidnapping and murder of Melissa Jenkins. It was selected for national recognition along with newscasts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Colorado State University and Ithaca College. Winners will be announced during the CBI 2012 National Student Production Awards ceremony in Atlanta on October 25-27.
Lyndon students have been named finalists six times since 2003. This year, they are again competing against students from much larger schools. Students at Lyndon, Ithaca and Colorado State produce daily newscasts. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Week airs twice weekly with separate student teams devoted to each newscast.
The VCCJ is the community-based service learning capstone experience for students in Lyndon’s Electronic Journalism Arts program. VCCJ students cover the 14 towns around the Lyndon campus and produce local news content on three different platforms – the NewsLINC website and companion social media, News 7 on both Charter Cable Channel 7 and streamed on the internet, and the e-magazine – NewsINK. Lyndon telecommunications students have been providing a live news service to the area since 1980, and over the past 12 years have won 86 regional and national awards.
College Broadcasters Inc. represents students involved in radio, television, webcasting and other related media ventures. It ensures a commitment to education and the student pursuit of excellence through active involvement in electronic media.