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It's Sunday night on the ground floor of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Urgent conversations happen in conference rooms. Students dressed in suits walk the halls, reading aloud from notebook paper. Set pieces are moved, built up, broken down. Here, Sunday night isn't a time for relaxing or prepping for the week ahead -- Sunday night is showtime.
Steph Czajkowski is a junior television-radio major. She's also the technical coordinator for ICTV's Newswatch 16, an award-winning broadcast that airs live on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. She's proud to be part of such a high-quality effort and she understands that, when it comes to television, staying at the top requires more than solid reporting.
"Even if the journalism is great, if it doesn't look good, we wouldn't win awards," Steph says.
And ICTV looks good for one big reason -- you. Gifts to the Ithaca College Annual Fund provided the wherewithal for the set pieces to be upgraded and, over the past few years, much has been done. In Studio B, where Newswatch 16 and other ICTV productions air, a permanent set was built which included new tables, storage, wiring, stools, and special lighting for news, sports programming, public affairs, and various other shows.
"Having opportunities to practice every day in a professional-quality studio means our students are prepared and confident on day one of their first job -- a success they can build on," says Carol Jennings, director of the Park Media Lab. "Upgrading Studio B was one of those transformative moments for the Park School, one that has a lasting impact on our students, our faculty, and our audiences."
Because of you, Steph is having the experiences that will prepare her for a career in communications, and her teachers have the resources to help her. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity to Ithaca College.