Southeastern Louisiana University students can study television and video production in Department of Communication classes and gain invaluable, hands-on experience by training at the Southeastern Channel, one of the elite college television programs in the country. At the Southeastern Channel students can work on national award-winning, student-produced television programs which cover news, news magazine, sports, entertainment and music video genres. They also produce live education, community, sports and entertainment events along with commercials. These programs are produced both in the studio and on location and provide thorough training both in front of-and-behind the camera.
As they work on these excellent shows, students can focus on their positions of choice- whether anchoring, on-camera reporting, writing, talk show hosting, producing, directing, technical directing, floor managing, camera operating, lighting, sound recording and mixing, post-production editing, or creating computer graphics and animations. In addition to taking classes, students can train at the Southeastern Channel by working on a variety of professional, student and student-staff programs as a paid student worker. These students work up to 25 hours a week in a variety of television production positions.
Although the Southeastern Channel has only been in existence for five years, it already has a glowing track record for placing television graduates in high profile jobs. Recent graduates Krystal Bouthe (WWL-TV, New Orleans Ch. 4) and Randi Rousseau (WDSU-TV, New Orleans Ch. 6) landed on-air reporter positions directly after graduating from Southeastern. Of course, Southeastern's highest profile graduate is Robin Roberts, the Emmy Award-winning host of Good Morning America and former ESPN Sportscenter anchor.