Mass Media Student Experience
Baker mass media students have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow maximum interaction with classmates and professors. Mass media students participate in a variety of activities beyond the classroom.
Nationally and locally renowned, the Baker Orange is the University’s weekly student-run newspaper. In the past decade, the Orange has repeatedly received high distinctions from the Associated Collegiate Press, Kansas Associated Collegiate Press and Society of Professional Journalists, earning the Orange a place in the ACP Hall of Fame. ACP has recognized the Orange with two Pacemaker nominations, one for the print edition and one for the Orange online. Several Baker Orange staff members also have earned the distinction of KACP journalist of the year.
When you become part of this award-winning tradition, you will have endless opportunities to grow as a communicator. Whether a reporter, editor, designer or photographer, you will work with a group of about 30 students in planning and executing a series of publications covering general campus news, athletics, arts and entertainment. While working for the Orange, you will also be able to work on a number of feature and special projects. The editorial section allows students to share opinions and insights, providing a voice and open dialogue among the campus community.
As a member of the staff of Baker’s radio station, found locally at 89.7 FM, you will have the opportunity to work with a group of your peers in planning, promoting and creating a variety of student radio shows. Students are responsible for at least one two-hour radio show per week, giving you a voice around campus and practical experience in radio production and communication. See the program schedule for KNBU-FM.
The staff of Baker’s television station produces a weekly news show that is shown on local access cable and is also accessible at http://www.youtube.com/user/KNBU. As a KNBU-TV staff member, you will be able to experience television production from all angles – on and off camera. You will work with a staff of about 20 students to plan, film and produce news, sports, entertainment and feature segments that will be aired on TV and online. The experience gained working for the campus television station will be vital in preparing you for a career in television and allow you to explore all the television medium has to offer.
The practical experience acquired through internships is of vital importance in preparing for a career in the media field. Media students work closely with faculty members in finding internships in newspaper, magazine, television, radio, marketing and public relations throughout the region. While most students pursue internships in Kansas City, Topeka, Lawrence and around Kansas and Missouri, students are also encouraged to pursue internships and student opportunities at the national level.