The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
Inside Niagara, Niagara College’s student run television show, aired for the first time this year on Feb. 11.
Second-year students of the Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program, (BRTF) who have chosen the television stream, create this unique news broadcast for the Niagara Region.
“It’s 10 half hour, live, news-magazine shows entirely written, shot, produced and edited by our current second-year production and presentation students,” says Peter VandenBerg, BRTF co-ordinator. “It covers everything from news, sports, entertainment and weather.”
Students are responsible for the stories that are broadcast; the region where these stories take place covers Grimsby to Fort Erie, lake to lake.
“The thing about Inside Niagara, it’s the only news source in the Niagara Region where people can access local news from the whole Niagara Region,” says Niagara College student Joey Scaringi.
Every Thursday the news show is aired live on Cogeco and live streamed on the Internet, but produced in Niagara College’s studio.
In the studio students receive real world hands-on experience by working with lighting, cameras and sound.
Along with in studio set up, some students are on the eng (electronic news gathering) crew, which is an on location broadcast.
The story is told on location opposed to inside the studio.
“For the first two weeks I’m on the eng crew, so we’re like the field placement people. We’re going to be the ones building the stories actually on location, and then you will see that come up on television edited. The other half is in studio, so there will be a director, producer, switcher, script assistant, graphics, audio, cameras and teleprompter, so there’s a lot to do,” says Niagara College student Anthony Puesta.
There’s a lot of work that takes place for this broadcast, but for the students it pays off.
Shaun Ferguson, graduate of the program and a current teacher assistant for the acting program, says it was the highlight of his Niagara College experience.
“It was the highlight of my whole experience in the broadcasting program. We get to try out a whole bunch of different jobs, there was a lot of pressure on us, it was long nights and early morings, but it was a heck of a lot of fun as well.”
You can watch Inside Niagara every Thursday on Cogeco or online on the BRTF website.