This October, 20 Broadcasting students toured a Lansing television station as part of a course requirement for Beginning TV Studio Production. Assistant Professor of Broadcasting Keith Oppenheim teaches the class.
Two SoC graduates hosted the tour at WLNS, a CBS affiliate. Amy Akers and John Adamy are graduates of the Broadcasting program and are employed with the station. Akers, a 2012 graduate, manages the news department’s web presence and works with staff to increase audience traffic through online content and social media. She also is a social media reporter for the station. Adamy graduated in 2012 and is a producer. His job allows him to decide what is news content for a variety of broadcasts including the 11 p.m. and weekend shows.
Students toured the studio and newsroom, including a sit-down session with the station’s news director Jam Sardar. In addition, they were able to watch the noon news show live from inside the studio and from the control room.
“It was a great outing,” Oppenheim said. “It’s always helpful for our broadcasting students to get a real world sense of the industry by making a site visit. But it’s even more meaningful when they can hear about the challenges they face from two recent graduates who gave them attention and were truly encouraging. Jon and Amy were great ambassadors for WLNS and for Grand Valley. “