Lights, Camera, Capture: APU Journalism Program Debuts New TV News Set

by Maureen Wolff '17

On September 18, APU students and faculty gathered for the long-anticipated reveal of the journalism program’s new television news set. Enthusiasm grew as attendees explored the set in Darling room 415 and the nearby control room.

The set will revolutionize the format of APU’s TV news show Capture, explained Brooke Van Dam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism Program Coordinator, who spearheaded the program.

“We’ve been able to produce stories here and there, but not an entire TV show,” she said. “I hope that we can start airing a news broadcast before chapel or on closed circuit televisions.” Featuring new cameras, teleprompters, and mics, the set comes complete with a news desk and a backdrop photo of APU’s West Campus at twilight.

Previously, Capture news packages were filmed around campus and served as supplementary material for The Clause, APU’s student newspaper. Now, students in Television Workshop will film on set every Thursday, producing a five-to eight-minute news program and gaining experience working with graphics, the control room, and more.

The space became available after the Department of Cinematic Arts moved their classes to the Galileo Film Studio. Set development and creation involved a year-long process and included collaboration across campus, including contributions from journalism students, Information and Media Technology, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Marc Ameel, APU’s technical director of theater arts and designer of the news set, expressed his enthusiasm for student involvement in the process. “Having students involved in the construction is important because it fosters an appreciation for what goes into the project before you can sit in front of the camera,” he said. “It gives them a little more ownership of the project.”

Emily Boden, a senior journalism major and Capture’s news director, believes the new set will open doors for journalism students. “An opportunity exists given our Southern California location for this program to lead to internships and student networking. Students can use this as a springboard to work for local talk shows and news shows right in our own backyard,” Boden said. She added that the new set and equipment make the university’s journalism program even more relevant and competitive, especially amidst the rising field of broadcast journalism.

Students will film the first on-set Capture news program October 9.