Broadcasting students visit WPSD


JMC 398 Reporting for Broadcast and Online Media students visited WPSD Local 6 in Paducah to get a first-hand look at how a news station operates. The field trip was another example of the department’s emphasis on experiential learning.


Students in JMC 398, Reporting for Broadcast and Online Media, visited WPSD Local 6 in October as part of the department’s experiential learning.

Students had the opportunity to watch the 6 p.m. newscast live in the studio as well as in the producer’s booth giving them a first-hand look at how a news station operates.

Students toured the newsroom and talked with station employees.


Students were able to try out the set’s green screen.


Kelsey Grapperhaus, senior journalism major from Troy, Illinois, said the experience brought what she has learned in the classroom to life.

“Visiting WPSD gave me a real-life perspective on what it’s like to be a journalist in the broadcasting field,” Kelsey Grapperhaus said. “I was able to gain hands-on experience that I could not have gotten behind the desk.”

After the newscast, anchor, Jennifer Horbelt spent time answering questions from students and sharing her path from college to a career in journalism. Reporters, producers and photographers took a few minutes out of their night to discuss their roles at the station and took questions from the students.

Stephanie Elder Anderson, course instructor and former WPSD employee, also gave the students a tour of the station.

In the course, students learn how to report for broadcast news as well as online media. From creating news packages to utilizing additional story elements for news websites and social media, students produce content they can add to their portfolios.

Elder Anderson has been taking students to WPSD as part of this course for the last four years.

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Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

Categorized | JMC Dept.