While COVID-19 has disrupted everyday life, it hasn’t stopped the students behind OU Nightly from reporting the news.
This week, despite being spread out across several cities in five different states, OU student journalists began producing and anchoring the daily newscast from the substitute studios of their apartments and backyard patios, instead of Gaylord Hall.
“We wanted to continue what we’ve been doing at school, even though we aren’t on campus anymore,” said Abby Foster, senior producer for OU Nightly. “Similarly to how we operate on campus, we have a different team working every day to put together each newscast.”
Several students gather information from sources, while others create video “reporter packages.” One student serves as the anchor and records themselves reading the news. Once all recordings are complete, another student edits them together and adds graphics. Finally, the complete program is aired on OU Nightly’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and its website.
“All of the students involved in this remote production are doing it as a way to keep OU Nightly alive,” said Barbara Merckx, adjunct faculty member and OU Nightly executive producer. “It is not required coursework, which amazes me!”