NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The SFA TV2 studios have come a long way from the bare plywood anchor desk used during the early 1970s.
Today, students operate state-of-the-art equipment.
"We have a Chyron, our graphics and we can bring everything up here and operate from right here," student Kyle Rogers said. "We can fade, we can cut. We can do all kinds of graphics and movements."
Move out to the studio and you'll find multi-use, interactive sets perfect for a variety of news shows.
"In this basic set up we would do something called a panel discussion," Rogers said. "As we move over here we have a desk where we would do more news orientation where we put video up behind us or behind the shoulder graphics."
And all accomplished on budget. The physical plant and theatre set designers collaborated in construction. Administrators stood behind the $450,000 expenditure.
"So without that there's no way that this project would have even come to fruition," said Dr. John Hendricks, chair of the division of global media and contemporary culture at SFA.
Media technology rapidly changes. Equipment investments are essential if universities want to beat their competition. The way to do that is train future broadcast journalists on the most modern equipment. The knowledge gives them a true jump start to landing the first job.
"It's kinda an impressive field all together," student Heather Scott said. "It's kinda intimidating. Cameras, lights, but I work with it. I do a good job."
The right tools will now reinforce the students' goals.