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UTVS partners with St. Cloud Times

Friday, March 30, 2012

UTVS Partners with St. Cloud Times

A strategic partnership between St. Cloud State University’s television station, UTVS, and the St. Cloud Times, allows viewers to watch livestreams of the station’s 5:30 p.m. news broadcast.

UTVS news broadcasts, which include local, state and national news, weather and sports, give 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.

“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 website,” said Mark Mills, chairman in the Mass Communications Department who helped develop the partnership. “But then, SCSU is the only university I know of that even does three newscasts a day, five days a week. So, I guess both are unique.”

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, 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.

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

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