Samford should have more student-led classes

Emma Pohlman. Columnist

This semester, journalism and mass communication students took on roles of executive producer, chief editor, anchors, reporters and production assistants. They did so to continue the making of the Bulldog Blitz, a bi-weekly show giving an inside look to what is happening in Samford Athletics.

What started as a class project for sports broadcasting last semester turned into a student-led production this spring. Students who had been in the broadcast class decided to instead produce Bulldog Blitz as an independent study, and others joined shortly thereafter, just for the experience.

Student-run classes teach aspiring journalists like myself to stay on top of things and meet deadlines. It sure has helped me and the other members of the production team to become better all-around journalists, and we have had a lot of fun being part of it.
We execute the entire production from start to finish.

Everything from brainstorming ideas for each segment of the show, choosing who will be reporting which packages, scheduling filming and editing each segment and then compiling the whole show together is done by students. Students have greater responsibilities than they would in a traditional broadcast class, which helps us to grow our skills and prepares us better for the workforce.

Students who have had no previous broadcast experience are expected to jump in and learn on the job instead of being shown how to do everything step by step. It was definitely overwhelming at the beginning of the semester, but it has prepared us to think on our feet and to be flexible for whatever comes our way in the future.

Each person that appears in the show is encouraged to showcase his or her individual personality in order to create a fun experience for viewers. Take for instance, Levi Edwards, a sophomore reporter for Bulldog Blitz. In addition to interviewing athletes, he also tries to beat them at their respective sports. This makes the reporters feel more comfortable in front of the camera and produces a show that Samford students actually want to watch.

Being a part of a class that is completely student-run has been a great experience unlike any traditional class setting. I not only got to work with a few close friends, but I also had the opportunity to meet students with non-broadcast concentrations who took the class as an independent study. It made the late nights easier, and seeing each finished show was incredibly gratifying.
Samford should offer more student-led classes. They teach students to take ownership of the work they do and produce the best possible material, all while learning new skills they might not have developed inside the classroom.

Pohlman is a junior journalism and mass communication major.

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