Students who want a career in broadcasting can get invaluable experience at KUJH-TV, which produces daily newscasts and sports talk programming. Each semester, the station produces other local programs, constantly expanding its coverage of sports, special events and documentaries. Students at KUJH get the opportunity to work with the latest software and technology as on-camera talent, producers, directors and writers.
Becky Phelps (left), Bryanna Crouch (right), and the KUJH-TV staff recently placed second in the TV Newscast category of the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts contest. Watch the award-winning newscast here.
Students who get involved with KUJH are taught and advised by faculty members who have been in the field for many years. They gain experience in all areas of production so that they are prepared to enter the media world from all directions. Former KUJH students have landed jobs even before graduating at WDTN in Dayton, Ohio; KFOX14 in El Paso, Texas; and KRGG in Jefferson City, Mo.
What kind of experience do I need to be involved?
None! You have to start somewhere, right? This is your opportunity to learn different aspects of television production before heading out into the "real world." We understand that you may not have much experience and will need some guidance. That is what your student leaders and instructors are for! We also strongly urge you to take J210 (Basic Video Production) to help get started as well. Part of the classroom experience includes the opportunity to work with KUJH and other student media outlets.
I have an idea for my own show. How do I get started?
That's great! We are always looking for fresh, new ideas. The first thing is to come up with a plan for your program. Next, contact Chad Curtis at email@example.com and he will go over your proposal with you and determine next steps.
How do I become an on-air reporter or anchor?
We have anchor tryouts at the beginning of each semester. Additional information about those tryouts will be sent out just before classes start. Reporters must be able to write, shoot and edit their own stories. Students who have that type of experience are always welcome to contribute to programs. If you don't know how to properly shoot, write and edit yet ... no worries! We can help you improve those skills while contributing to our programs.
What if I don't want to be in front of the camera?
No problem! It takes a team to put together any sort of television program. This includes producers, directors, production staff, etc. Let us know what area you are interested in and we can help you get started!
"What's great about journalism at KU, especially at KUJH, is that you don't feel like a student and you aren't treated as such. You're treated as a professional where you have an opportunity to develop your skills and gain real-world experience." — Harrison Drake
"I got to cover President Obama. Those are words that a lot of journalists in college don't get to say often. But there's something else they don't get to say often: I covered President Obama, twice. Being a part of the KUJH program is one of the best decisions of my career." — Tomas Hoppough
Covering the President
Watch these KUJH-TV highlights from President Obama's speech at the University of Kansas.