By Eliza de la Flor
G143 at the LAC is home to I.E. News, LBCC’s semimonthly television broadcast of local news.
The broadcasts were previously produced every 2 weeks, but due to the shortened semester, they were done every 3 weeks this Spring.
The station covers news at the LAC and the PCC, as well as stories in the Long Beach and Lakewood areas. The television broadcasts are aired on Charter Cable channel 15 in Long Beach, Time Warner channel 29 in Lakewood, Verizon Fios channel 55, according to an email from Professor Robert Hersh. The 30-minute broadcasts also can be accessed on YouTube, through the social media link on LBCC’s homepage.
I.E. stands for Industry and Entertainment.
Students are involved in every level of production, from writing to reporting live to production. In his email, Hersh wrote, “Students do everything just like a real newscast in Hollywood or any other local/network station around the U.S. Students write stories, can be a reporter, news videographer, video editor, on-air talent, anchor, camera operator, graphics operator, stage manager, audio mixer, audio assistant, teleprompter operator, technical director, producer, director, and senior producer.”
Students in the program were busy and enthusiastic as they prepared the semester’s final broadcast, focused on the Mini Grand Prix.
Drew Durnil, 20, a radio and television major, had high praise for the class. Durnil transferred to LBCC from CSULB, and shared his perspective. “It’s really preparing people for the industry. It’s one of the best city colleges for prepping for a future career. Even CSULB doesn’t have this kind of equipment. Next semester we’re going HD.”
Emily Shreves, 19, a television major, said the program demands “hands-on interaction, they want you to do everything, try everything out.”
Farial Khan, 20, a broadcast journalism major, has been a senior producer for the broadcasts three times. Now she serves as an on-air anchor. Khan said, “This time I took a step back because I wanted t focus on building my reel. This program rewards self-starters. It allows a lot of room to grow. You can specialize, or you can dip a hand into everything.”
The broadcast is available for viewing now until the end of June.