UTVS-Times video partnership
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
A strategic partnership with the St. Cloud Times allows viewers to watch livestreams of the 5:30 p.m. news broadcast by UTVS, St. Cloud State’s student-run television station.
UTVS news broadcasts, which include local, state and national news, weather and sports, gives students an opportunity to prepare for a professional career in television news. The station reaches more than 70,000 people in the St. Cloud area.
Mass Communications Department Chair Mark Mills developed the partnership and says, "This is the only college and community partnership I know of where the local newspaper runs the university’s three newscasts a day on their web site. But then, SCSU is the only university I know of who even does three newscasts a day, five days a week. So, I guess both are unique."
Times Executive Editor John Bodette stressed the value of a campus TV station in a city that has no local television stations.
"They make some student mistakes, but the overall quality of the broadcast is solid," Boddette wrote in his weekly column.
The Times also gives St. Cloud State students the opportunity to gain practical experience by hiring them on its news staff. UTVS news director senior Jennifer Austin, Champlin, who is majoring in Mass Communications and is an intern at the Times.
"The UTVS News partnership with the St. Cloud Times is an excellent opportunity to further bridge UTVS News with the St. Cloud community. Our partnership with the Times is mutually beneficial," Austin said.
UTVS is one of three student media organizations on campus, along with KVSC 88.1 FM and University Chronicle. Locally, UTVS is carried by Charter Communications on channel 21. UTVS 12:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts also can be watched live on www.utvs.com