A unique program at New Mexico State University gives students the opportunity to produce and anchor their own newscast that airs on PBS. However, right now, that program is struggling financially.
News 22 is student produced newscasts airing on KRWG three times a week, helping students gain professional experience which many go on to earn jobs in broadcasting.
Some faces you may recognize. At KTSM, there are seven employees working who were once a part of News 22.
At News22, students learn to write for broadcast, learn good news judgement, and gain confidence in front of the camera.
The program would pay about eight students thanks to a yearly contribution from El Paso Electric.
However, since then, El Paso Electric is no longer an underwriter for KRWG, the PBS station on which the newscast airs.
News22 Director Nick Miller said now the program is paying only about three students with donations from instructors and is worried those contributions will soon be gone too.
“I don’t think it’s fair to ask students to do so much work without getting some pay. Most students do have other jobs too. If they could get paid for this work, they wouldn’t have to have a job off campus. And they would really be able to hone their skills and do better,” said Miller.
Miller said in the seven years he has been at News22, there have been more than 40 graduates who have worked in television.
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