Student-Produced TV Show New on Campus

WILMORE, Ky. — A new perspective on Asbury University and the surrounding community is hitting the airwaves through The Asbury Lens, a late-night style television show produced, written and directed by students.

Photo by Madison Wathen '14
Photo by Madison Wathen '14

The show is partnering this semester with the Collegian, Asbury’s weekly student newspaper, and comes out every other week in conjunction with the paper’s online edition. On the off weeks, the paper is produced in its traditional paper form.

The idea for the show was born at the end of the Spring 2012 semester when Riah Lawry ’12, producer of The Asbury Lens and executive editor of the Collegian, was finishing up her class in multi-camera television production. Interested in gaining more experience in the medium, she was encouraged by faculty and staff to try the late-night format — a versatile arrangement that allows for a wide variety of content. She began recruiting over the summer and finalized the staff of around 30 students just a few weeks ago.

“Having so many talented students involved in wonderful, because in TV you can only practice the show so much ahead of time,” Lawry said. “You really just have to pull things together and do it.”

Will Houp '12, Professor David Wheeler and Kyle Thiele '14 on the show's set. Photo by Madison Wathen '14.
Will Houp '12, Professor David Wheeler and Kyle Thiele '14 on the show's set. Photo by Madison Wathen '14.

The show is geared toward highlighting unique events and people in the Asbury University community as well as the surrounding city of Wilmore, Ky. In the first show, guests included a student and a faculty member who spent time over the summer working in London in connection with the Olympic Games. Two audience members joined the guests for a competition on stage.

Though the TV show marks a departure from The Collegian’s traditional print identity, they both share many of the same student staff members and a similar philosophy of journalism.

“The Collegian is focused on telling stories through online and print, and we’re focused on telling stories through television,” Lawry said. “Either way, it’s about the story.”

The show’s first episode is available on YouTube and Facebook. The next taping will take place on Sept. 19 in the Miller Center for Communication Arts. Doors open at 9:45 p.m., and there is no charge to be a member of the studio audience.

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