Carolina Week is produced on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Each week, student journalists are supervised by professors and graduate students who have professional journalism experience in order to produce award winning newscasts for the greater Triangle area.
The newsroom in Carroll Hall is where students write and edit their stories. It’s home to state-of-the-art technology, including a massive video wall with 18 flat-screen monitors and one big-screen plasma monitor which allows students to keep abreast of developing stories from around the world via cable and satellite feeds. Networked iMac computer terminals and the latest professional newswriting and producing software allow student reporters and producers to prepare the weekly TV and weekly radio broadcasts. The software package includes Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro editing software for video reports and Soundtrack Pro, Adobe Audition, and Audacity editing software for Carolina Connection radio reports.
Our professional television studio houses state-of-the-art technology to provide students with realistic anchor and crew experiences. The centerpiece of the set is an anchor desk inlaid with individual monitors and IFBs so that anchors can communicate with the control room. Three floor cameras with teleprompters, a soundproof audio booth, studio lighting and a lighting board duplicates the equipment students will use in their professional careers.
The control room sends Carolina Week to the air waves. It features a 32-panel audio mixing console, a Broadcast Pix switcher with Harris Inscriber graphics package, a Precis Video Play-to-Air Server and several DVCPro and Beta decks.
Amid all this technology, the most important element in the experience of producing professional-quality television and radio news programs is the people involved. Professors and graduate students have worked professionally in the same supervisory capacities in newsrooms across the country. Upper-level students work individually with new students as they help train their replacements. All students work cooperatively in a collegial atmosphere as they’ll be expected to when they commence careers in the world of broadcast journalism.