In its first year on the KEMPA docket, the Video Production and Storytelling class is just starting to hit it's stride. After releasing two videos to the web in their first full day at camp, instructor Don Goble took his class to Marquette's very own Marquette University Television Studio, the student-run television station on campus.
The entire MUTV is housed on the second floor of the Johnston Building, a floor below the classes’ headquarters. The students got a whole behind the scenes tour of the student-run studio that has been running since 1976.
Tom Lazar, a senior from Brookfield Central High School, was one of the four video students that went on the trip.
“We saw lots of camera equipment,” said Lazar. “We got to see everything. How they record the videos, we looked at the cameras and the equipment, and how the system sets up.”
The students got an up close look at the control room, back stage prop rooms and scene shops, cameras, teleprompters and professional level editing materials.
“I think it’s beneficial to expose students who are learning video to all aspects of what broadcast journalism could potentially provide,” said Goble. “It was important to see that aspect of it. Plus I think it’s just cool. It’s interesting to see that a college campus can replicate a professional news station.”
The trip was just one of many that classes have been taking over the camp. Other trips include the leadership class finding the “Bronze Fonz” along the Milwaukee Riverwalk and multiple classes visiting the Milwaukee County Zoo.
However this studio trip was one that stood out to Lazar, “We got to see some really cool behind the scenes stuff that you don’t normally get to see on the TV side.”