NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts signed a memorandum of understanding with KTBS-TV3, the Shreveport ABC affiliate, that will give students in the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts opportunities for field experiences with KTBS and expand their experience with broadcast journalism and station operations. Administrators say the partnership will help prepare students for success in the media industry and possible employment with KTBS after graduation.
“Our department of New Media is honored to have this partnership with KTBS. Together, we can identify, teach and nurture talented students interested in a broadcast career,” said Dr. Paula Furr, head of the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts. “We also look forward to having our faculty and staff work with the staff at KTBS to ensure our broadcast program maintains its currency with industry standards as we prepare students for careers after college.”
Through the agreement, NSU and KTBS will work together to identify students with the desire and talent to pursue broadcast journalism or associated careers in media management, marketing, accounting and community outreach. Faculty and administrators will collaborate on coursework to remain current and will work together to coordinate field experience for students. KTBS will work with NSU faculty to provide classes and assignments and will work with students to prepare them for a media-related career.
George Sirven, general manager at KTBS, said he is excited about the agreement and hopes it’s the first of many partnerships in the station’s coverage area as KTBS prepares for the next generation of TV.
Following a formal signing, faculty in the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts led KTBS representatives on a tour of the department’s computer and writing labs and TV studio.
NSU’s Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts offers concentrations in strategic communication, broadcast and digital media production and multimedia journalism. More information is available at nsula.edu/newmedia.