Baylor Lariat TV Newscast Debuts Today at 11 a.m. CT

  • (L to R) - Rebekah Wrobleske and Caroline Linsdstrom anchor the Lariat's first TV newscast as part of the Global News Relay.
  • Bruce Geitzen, news anchor for KXXV Channel 25 in Waco, coached Baylor students while they were recording their segments in the Channel 25 studios on Feb. 20.
  • Bruce Geitzen, news anchor for KXXV Channel 25 in Waco, coached Baylor students while they were recording their segments in the Channel 25 studios on Feb. 20.
Feb. 26, 2015

WACO, Texas (Feb. 26, 2015) – For the first time in its 115-year history, the Baylor Lariat campus newspaper will launch its first television newscast at 11 a.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 26. Baylor will be one of 12 universities from four continents participating in a Global News Relay.

This international relay from campus newsroom to campus newsroom around the globe will focus on poverty issues in the cities and countries of each university. The event is being coordinated by Sarah Jones, a professor at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom. It is part of the Quays TV News department at the university and being coordinated by two British students.

The Baylor Lariat newscast can be viewed about 10 minutes into the program.

“The Baylor Lariat has had multimedia and video on its website for years, but just began to push for television-style reporting two years ago. This is the first newscast with two student anchors and multiple stories packaged into a single program,” said Paul Carr, director of student publications at Baylor, who has been working toward this goal for about three years.

“This was an amazing opportunity for the broadcast portion of the Baylor Lariat to gain experience in a real newsroom,” said Caroline Lindstrom, a senior journalism major from Carrollton, Texas, and Lariat broadcast producer. “This was the Lariat’s first international newscast. The Global News Relay allowed the broadcast team to enter uncharted territory of anchoring each segment it produced. Every component of the newscast — from filming to editing — was done by students. Projects like the Global News Relay are priceless for hopeful broadcast journalists.”

Lindstrom said, for its segment, the Lariat broadcast team produced three stories about how poverty affects the city of Waco – from the perspective of a homeless man, the work of Mission Waco and how Baylor students are working to alleviate food insecurity in Waco.

Video journalism professor Curtis Callaway and two of his students assisted in the project’s development, Carr said.

Rick Bradfield, managing editor for KWTX Channel 10 in Waco, worked with Linsdstrom and and fellow journalism senior Rebekah Wrobleske of Hockley, Texas, on script writing for the newscast. Bruce Geitzen, anchor for KXXV Channel 25 in Waco, coached the students while they were recording their anchoring segments in the Channel 25 studios on Feb. 20.

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