By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer|
CSUSB’s student-produced TV show, “Local Matters,” provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world knowledge of the entertainment industry while attending college.
The first show is scheduled to air on Feb. 12 and 14 at the top of each hour from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Inland Empire Media Group’s channel 3 in San Bernardino, according to James Trotter, video production coordinator at Academic Computer and Media.
A story showcasing famous comedian Gabriel Iglesias’ recent performance at Coussoulis Arena hits the “Local Matters” channel on YouTube Feb. 21, according to student producer Taylor Ruthford.
Students write, produce, film and edit a minimum of three stories by the end of the quarter.
Rehearsals occur before filming in the production lab here on campus, providing students with the chance to familiarize themselves with different roles like the director, news-anchors, switcher and others.
Filming often takes place in the lab on and off campus in locations like Saturation Fest, which is an annual art and music festival in downtown Riverside.
Students have the chance to edit their stories in the production lab on campus. Every computer has the editing software such as Final Cut Pro 7 and 10 installed.
The story topics have ranged from gold panning in the California desert, to the steps on how coffee is made in a factory, as well as other stories currently in the works.
“Local Matters” may team up with KVCR, a TV station owned by San Bernardino Valley College, to collaborate on working together towards producing more shows, which may happen as soon as next year, according to Professor Mike Wichman.
Wichman and the students sometimes have meetings at the beginning of the class time where they all sit down around a table in the production lab to watch and constructively critique each other’s stories in a friendly environment, fostering team growth.
Students can create their reels, a collection of stories they have worked on and take it with them on job interviews to show potential employers, making this class a great stepping stone between the academic world and the workplace, according to Wichman.
Ruthford agrees that “Local Matters” is, “a great jumping point and a bridge from school to the actual business world.”
This class is offered every Fall, Winter and Spring quarter.
“I would recommend taking ‘Local Matters’ to my friends,” said student Mario Orellana.
The Spring quarter is just around the corner and a lot of students are currently signing up for classes or preparing to sign up for them and should take note of the experience they can gain from joining “Local Matters.”
Seize the opportunity to become part of the “Local Matters” team by enrolling in the T.V. production class this upcoming Spring quarter.