THUNDER BAY -- College media students now have a chance to earn valuable on-air experience.
Confederation College’s Centre for Applied Media Productions (CAMP) officially launched Camptv.ca, an online radio station, Monday morning.
Students in broadcasting, film production and multimedia will produce content for the station that works in a talk-radio format with video streaming and graphic design elements.
“This kind of exposure to any kind of media really broadens our skill set,” said Nathalie Schoenauer, a second-year broadcasting student.
“This program is really about getting as much experience as you can in any format. This kind of web station is really unique for the program. It’s something else that we get to do as opposed to just TV, studio,” she said.
The college had done traditional radio in the past, but broadcasting television professor Rene Rees Boyer said their advisory board suggested web radio.
The radio station will be incorporated into the program’s curriculum this fall and Confederation has already interest shown by students across the province.
“We’re excited because it gives our students not only a traditional studio environment to work in but also gives them a web station, full web-streaming environment to work in as well as all the other mediums we do,” Boyer said.
Programming on the stations runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and it’s first guests Monday included MPPs Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro, Mayor Keith Hobbs and Rock 94 morning show host Dee.
Boyer said the station is just another way for students to get hands-on experience, which is key in any vocation.
“You may be a good musician but if you don’t practice on your skill, then you’re not going to get any better,” he said, adding that when they’re done the program, they’ll be ready to enter the workforce.
Funding for the station was provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
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