If you are interested in studying at one of the world’s top journalism schools, this video is for you. It is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the only university-owned commercial television station in the United States and just so happens to be part of our Missouri School of Journalism. KOMU TV began airing in 1953 after arduous work from Missouri School of Journalism professor, Edward C. Lambert. Professor Lambert wanted to give students first-hand experience at working in broadcast at a full-fledged commercial station. Over 60 years later, KOMU continues to operate as an NBC affiliate and using state-of-the-art, high-definition equipment, students serve as reporters, producers and anchors, and they also stay in touch with viewers through social media and apps. Students who have graduated from the J-School have gone on to receive national Hearst Foundation Journalism awards, regional Emmys and Missouri Press Association honors.
Filmed and directed by senior broadcast student, Anthony Martinez, the film explores not only the history of KOMU, but in Martinez’s words, “This… is a time stamp compression of more than 30 hours of footage shot behind-the-scenes of KOMU 8 since August 2013. ‘The KOMU Experience’ explores elements of reputation, humor and criticism while characterizing certain types of people produced by their own KOMU 8 experiences.”
For more information on KOMU TV and Missouri School of Journalism visit the website, here.
*Feature image by Anthony Martinez