Thursday, January 21, 2010

TV 20 Selects Anchors for News 20 at Five

Florida A&M University (FAMU)-TV 20 has selected three new anchors for its live newscast, which resumes January 20, at 5 p.m.

Letisha Bush, a senior broadcast journalism student from Columbus, Ohio, will serve as a solo news anchor. Bush says she hopes the experience “will help sharpen her on-air presence.” She has plans of building a production company aimed at empowering youth.

Dekywan Debose, a senior broadcast journalism student from Orlando, Fla., will serve as the weather forecaster. His other interests include sports journalism and song writing.

“This is a great opportunity and I plan to take full advantage of it,” said Debose.

Karisa Olds, a senior broadcast journalism student from Columbus, Ga., will serve as the sports anchor and is an avid lover of basketball. Olds says she is both excited and nervous “because this is something new, but I am looking forward to the challenge.” 

The FAMU-TV20 newscast offers a hands-on approach to journalism education for students at the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC).  This year, broadcast journalism students are required to produce multimedia slide shows in addition to maintaining convergence partnerships with The FAMUAN newspaper, Journey magazine, and WANM-FM 90.5.

“The field of journalism is rapidly changing,” said Leonard Horton, SJGC visiting professor and News 20 at Five News director.  “Newsroom staffs are shrinking and job descriptions are changing.  Students have to be extra prepared for this multimedia landscape.”

FAMU TV-20 is an educational access channel operated by the SJGC at FAMU.  It reaches more than 80,000 households via Comcast Cable in Northern Florida. Its diverse program schedule includes student-produced newscasts, educational programming, cultural events, business and celebrity lectures, FAMU football and basketball games as well as university graduation and convocation ceremonies.

For more information about News 20 at Five, call (850) 599-3102.


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