Asbury Media Students Go Behind the Scenes in NYC – Asbury University
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June 16, 2016

Students outside the Ed Sullivan Theater
Students pose outside the Ed Sullivan Theater, where they watched a taping of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

WILMORE, Ky. — Going behind the scenes with some of the biggest shows on TV, Asbury University students recently enjoyed a first-hand media industry experience in New York City.

Led by Dr. Doug Walker, associate dean of the School of Communication Arts, the group experienced several shows in live TV production, including CBS/60 Minutes, Sesame Workshop, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, SI Now and Blue Man Group, and had a chance to interact with several Christians working with national media in New York.

“It was great to hear from a woman who is in the media industry and get her perspective on what it’s really like,” said Hannah Truax  ’18. “She talked about how we have to be the light in the darkness, because often we are the only Christians that some people will ever work with.”

For Chelsea Bartlett ’16, the highlight of the trip was an on-set experience at Good Morning America.

“We sat in the studio as they taped and talked to the anchors, stage manager and a producer about their particular roles on the show — it was so surreal!” Bartlett said. “Best of all, we were able to do camera testing with the Good Morning America crew while sitting at the main anchor desk. It was such an incredible experience!” 

Students and advisors with Elmo during a trip to Sesame Workshop.
Students and advisors take a photo with Elmo during a trip to Sesame Workshop.

Bartlett says the trip gave her a more developed perspective on the industry and helped focus her career goals.

“This trip showed me a lot about how each production, whether it is a morning show, a sports news show or a theater production, is an event with moving parts,” Bartlett said. “Realizing I could incorporate my passion for entertainment and my passion for event planning is something that will open so many more doors for me in the future!”

Walker, a broadcast industry veteran who has received national awards for his continuing professional work, says the New York City trip offered students an important perspective on the media industry.

“Our students learn a lot in classrooms and in our labs, but a trip like this allows students to see live productions in one of the top media markets in the world,” Walker said. “It’s one thing to hear how it’s done in the ‘real world,’ but it’s usually much more memorable for students to see it being done for themselves.”

The trip is just one example of the hands-on approach taken by Asbury’s School of Communication Arts. In August, a group of Asbury students will complete paid internships at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Asbury students have served in various capacities as paid employees at each Olympic Games location since 1984, and in recent years, media outlets in the United States have engaged additional students to cover the event for their audiences.

“Asbury works hard to train our students so they can understand the various media industries and learn how to tell meaningful media stories,” Walker said. “Then, we add in opportunities for personal experience in professional media settings, along with the interaction and contacts that provides. Those contacts are important.  Even on this trip, one of the seniors in the class ended up hearing about — and then applying for — a dream media job because of a contact we had in New York.”


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