Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CACC Instructor Co-Hosts Local, Innovative Broadcast

Did you happen to catch KOMU 8's U_News @ 4 broadcast last Tuesday?  If not, you missed out on seeing our very own CACC Broadcast Journalism instructor Haley Brueck co-host Columbia's new and innovative newscast, billed as an "interactive conversation," and "news with a twist."  

Mrs. Haley Brueck
Mrs. Brueck was one of ten co-hosts in an invite-only Google+ Hangout, which allows for interactive video conferencing with multiple people in a range of locations.  In July, KOMU 8 became the first local broadcast station in the country to incorporate Google+ Hangout into a newscast.  U_News @ 4 is a result of that trial run and, as the first of its kind, is making national headlines for its venture into uncharted territory.  Along with the cohosts in the Hangout, the broadcast features viewer's photos, videos, tweets, and Facebook posts.  

Mrs. Brueck co-hosted from the comfort of her own home while another co-host broadcasted from the parking lot of a restaurant, and still others from the far regions of the globe, all to discuss the hot topics in the day's news.  KOMU's Sarah Hill anchored the live program from the KOMU 8 studio on Highway 63, regularly interacting with her co-hosts to bring fresh perspectives and quality dialogue to the normal news broadcast.  Hill noted that Mrs. Brueck "helped us make Broadcast Journalism history and I know will be a valuable resource to others in mid-Missouri looking to engage with this new technology."  

Mrs. Brueck echoed the sentiment: "Imagine - a newscast can interview experts from around the world or citizens in the middle of a news story can share/broadcast their experience to the news station via Google Plus "Hangout . . ."  

Mrs. Brueck brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to not only U_News @ 4, but also to her students at CACC.  In addition to teaching Broadcast Journalism 1, 2, and 3, Mrs. Brueck also mentors students in an Internship program that gives CPS students the opportunity to work in the profession before ever stepping foot in a college classroom.  

So you missed Mrs. Brueck's debut on U_News?  No worries!  Check out tomorrow's U_News @ 4 and catch her encore co-hosting gig, where she will be broadcasting live from CACC! 

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