By Maria Villa
Many California State University, Dominguez Hills students may not realize the university has its own television station; a student-run production that works to bring news to the campus community.
Backed by the communications department, Bulletin TV, which launched its first episode in Sept. of 2017, is the brainchild of Kalie Calder, a communications major at CSUDH. Calder thought it would be beneficial to have a digital component to the newspaper to boost student engagement on campus and provide need-to-know news.
Now in its second season, Bulletin TV uploads new episodes every two weeks on its YouTube channel. In the time since its creation, the station has created six 10 to 15-minute episodes, with six more planned for this semester.
“The team and I are so excited to be embarking on our second season of The Bulletin TV,” Calder said.
The team consists of 14 students. Working behind the scenes are Russell McCubbin and Kevin Turf as camera operators with Stephanie M. Viera supervising all scripts. Field reporters and writers include Mia Lopez, Erika Y. Arreola, Evelyn Baez and Thomas Lobao. Other writers include Renatta Potts and Porscha Singh, with Kenia Cabahug and Judy Camarillo as social media coordinators.
The face of the program includes Alexia Williams, Morgan Williams and Clarence Hughes.
“The team is growing, which makes me feel like we are doing something right, and now have 14 students, who volunteer their time to create this news channel,” Calder said. “Honestly, I couldn’t be happier.
The Bulletin TV students meet every other Tuesday in the library for a bi-monthly staff meeting. This is where students bring ideas and plan the upcoming episode. Students work on an array of stories, ranging from hard news, campus events and producing public service announcements.
Currently, Calder oversees each production, working with student reporters, editors, camera operators, script supervisors, directors and anchors, all of whom are honing skills required for the professional world, and preparing for future careers.
“The Bulletin TV has allowed me to strengthen my writing, work on team building, and have the opportunity to express myself creatively,” said Stephanie Viera, script supervisor of Bulletin TV.
Calder says the goal of this semester is “to increase viewership and bring more awareness of the students on campus who are making a difference.”
All of the episodes can be found on The Bulletin’s website at www.csudhbulletin.com or via The Bulletin YouTube page.
Photos by Kyle Umeda.