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Students Produce Live News Show

   Journalism Assistant Professor Yolanda Joe, right, helps teach students in the capstone course NewsBeat (53-3601A) how to report, edit and precisely time a live 30-minute news, sports, entertainment and weather news show. Learn more about the show on the NewsBeat website, or click here to view a brief promo of the course
   This show is reported all week, with pre-production on Mondays. On Tuesdays, it goes live, with the help of companion Television Department directing and producing courses, in a studio on the 15th floor of the 600 S. Michigan building. Students interested in behind-the-scenes careers often take the Journalism and the Television components to hone their skills and enhance their resumes for producing jobs at networks, local stations and web operations. Students interested in careers as on-air reporters and anchors take voice and articulation in the Radio Department and on-air courses offered by Frank Bianco and others in the Television Department, and often find Theater Department courses helpful, too.
   In the NewsBeat journalism course, Joe coaches students on stand-ups, effective interviewing and anchoring breaking news stories and feature packages. A Chicago native, Joe is a graduate of Yale College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and still works at least one day a week at WGN-TV. Her students go on to top internships; once they have proved themselves in the workplace, she recommends them for full-time jobs. Her proteges are reporting and anchoring across the country. See our JOBS story for more details.
    Bianco is the Broadcast Journalism supervisor in the Television Department. He created the Newsbeat Practicum after seeing a need for a deadline driven experience that mirrors the real-world dynamics of a professional newsroom. When he's not teaching, Bianco freelances as a director for the ABC network, part of the Walt Disney Company, and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Chicago/Midwest National Association of Television Arts & Sciences and an executive producer for the Local “Emmy” Awards Presentation.