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Widener and Delco Times Partner on "Live from the Newsroom" Broadcast

Communication Studies students get hands-on experience as the production crew for "Live from the Newsroom." (photo by Tim Scepansky)

The Widener Communication Studies program on January 29 kicked off a partnership with the Delaware County Daily Times to broadcast "Live from the Newsroom" once a month from Widener’s new television studio.

"Live from the Newsroom" is a weekly 30-minute interview program on issues of interest to Delaware County residents hosted by Daily Times Editor Phil Heron. The program is streamed live through the Daily Times website and also recorded for later viewing.

"We are going to have some of the students here at Widener involved in some of the technical aspects of our show," Heron said in the opening to the show. "We're going to be utilizing some Widener professors to talk about some of the issues of the day here in Delaware County and we're also going to include some students in our round-table discussions. We are looking forward to a great experience."

Heron interviewed Dwight Dewerth-Pallmeyer, director of the Widener Communication Studies program, about the partnership.

"We're so involved with outreach to the community here in Chester and Delaware County and this just seemed like a natural partnership," Dewerth-Pallmeyer said. "We're very excited about it. It's a great opportunity for our students."

Students from the Communication Studies program operated the cameras and served as technical engineers for the program. Communication Studies Senior Lecturer Tim Scepansky is the supervising producer/director for the production of the "Live from the Newsroom" partnership. Scepansky coordinated and directed the students working as production crew for the show.

Live from the Newsroom crewGuests for the program included J. Wesley Leckrone, associate professor of political science at Widener; and Chris Friend, a columnist for the Daily Times. They addressed President Obama's State of the Union Address and the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial race.

Leckrone invited four Widener political science students to participate in the program and they offered their opinions on the State of the Union address and the political climate in Washington, D.C.

Future broadcasts of "Live from the Newsroom" from Widener will be February 26, March 26, April 23, September 24, October 22 and November 19.