Students at the Southeastern Channel have opportunities to work and train on an endless array of television programs in all of the different positions common to the television and video production industries. Such positions include on-camera anchor, reporter, talk show host, writer, producer, director, technical director, floor director, camera operator, lighting designer, graphics designer and operator, tape operator, teleprompter operator, editor, and sound mixer.
Students can hold many of these positions on most any program produced at the Southeastern Channel, but they can learn and train in all of these positions on six special student-produced programs from initial concept to final editing. These are shows that are designed and formatted exactly like news, sports, and entertainment shows are structured in the real world to give students authentic experience on the types of television programs and video productions they will work on immediately after graduation. Students are required to treat working on these shows in a professional manner- from wardrobe to on-camera delivery or camera composition- students are expected to maintain professionalism and a high quality level of production.
This process gives students a competitive edge when compiling resume and demo reels and greatly enhances their chances of landing positions in the job market upon graduation. Former Southeastern Channel students Randi Rousseau (TV-6, WDSU, New Orleans) and Krystal Boothe (Ch. 4, WWL-TV, New Orleans) landed on-air reporter jobs while Daniel Brown (Ch. 9, WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge) became a news producer in large markets right after graduation.
Entirely student-produced shows include:
An award-winning newscast about the latest news on the North Shore. Interviews with local celebrities, politicians, and government officials. Gives students experience in anchoring, reporting, shooting and editing new stories. Recently won the first place Mark of Excellence Award bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists.
A news magazine which celebrates life on Southeastern's campus, including student and faculty profiles, the latest student trends, and cutting-edge faculty-student research projects. Students learn to write and report future stories. Winner of Telly, Communicator, and Aurora Awards.
An entertainment show featuring music, movies, cooking and fashion segments, SNL-type sketches, comedic and dramatic vignettes, mini-documentaries, and creative student interviews. Students enjoy this fun show where they can do anything from interviewing students around campus with humorous questions to rapping with band members on the local scene to serving as the resident movie critic. Winner of Telly and Communicator Awards and named national finalist for "Entertainment Show" by the College Broadcasters, Inc.
This new hip half-hour of short films includes creative and wildly-entertaining student movies and documentary shorts.
An Emmy-winning sports magazine modeled after ESPN's SportsCenter. Student studio anchors, field reporters, and sports talk experts cover the gamut of Southeastern sports while also having the unique opportunity of traveling to the Dome to interview the likes of Reggie Bush and Drew Brees with the Saints- or to the New Orleans Arena to interview Chris Paul or Kobe Bryant. Students not only write, interview, and report- they shoot and edit all of the sports action themselves and create their own graphics, opens, and commercials. In addition to the first Emmy ever won by a Louisiana university television station, The Big Game has won a Communicator Award along with multiple Mark of Excellence Awards for sports reporting and sports videography given by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Students have a unique opportunity of gaining experience as play-by-play announcer, color commentator, and sideline reporter among other duties on Southeastern Channel broadcasts of Lion football, baseball, and men's and women's basketball games. The channel recently won national finalist recognition from the College Broadcasters, Inc. for "Sports Play-by-Play" for a Lady Lions basketball game. The broadcast also won a Mark of Excellence Award for sports videography given by the Society of Professional Journalists.