Q13 FOX and WSU provide rare student experience

PULLMAN, Wash. – Television news viewers in western Washington will soon be face-to-face with students from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University.

In a collaboration announced today, Q13 FOX (KCPQ-TV, Channel 13, Seattle) will provide real life learning experiences for some WSU broadcast news majors. Selected by Murrow School professors, the students will work in pairs and write and produce franchise reports for broadcast on Q13 FOX News.

“We are delighted to be working with Washington State University and their students to give them a real newsroom experience,” said Q13 FOX V.P./General Manager Pam Pearson. “In addition, our collaboration will allow our viewers to get a college student’s perspective on a variety of topics.”

“This project is a wonderful example of how our professional community so often goes out of its way to support our students,” said Erica Weintraub Austin, professor and interim director, Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. “We are so fortunate to have alumni and friends who carry on Edward R. Murrow’s legacy of mentoring the next generation of communicators.”

Monique Dugaw, a graduate of Capital High School, Olympia, Wash. and Matt Loveless, a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Wash., both seniors in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, will be the first students featured on-air. Q13Fox News producers have assigned them a series of reports on the serious issue of student debt. Their work is tentatively scheduled to air on the station’s weekly public affairs program, IQ Weekly, Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 to 11 p.m. following Q13 FOX News @ Ten.

“With access to state-of-the-art equipment our students won’t have to worry about technology getting in the way of their stories,” said Marvin Marcelo, assistant professor of broadcast communication at WSU. “They can concentrate more on their news assignments and spend more time researching their topics and telling the story.”

“Having direct contact with Q13 FOX News’ anchor/reporter Mark Wright and special project producer Paula Marmion gives our students invaluable experience. This is another example of the ‘Face to Face’ experience our students receive in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication,” Marcelo said.

Loveless and Dugaw are not strangers to professional broadcasting. Loveless previously held a position at Fox Sports Northwest, Dugaw at KHQ-TV (Q6-NBC), Spokane.

“I credit Sports Northwest for showing me what content needs to be like in order to compete,” Loveless said.

Dugaw started as an intern at Q6 and within 3 days she was hired to be the station’s assignment editor, the website producer and the web channel reporter. At WSU Dugaw holds the position president and general manager of Cable 8 Productions, a student run operation which is run and staffed similarly to a commercial TV station.

“I would describe my education and experience at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication as invaluable,” Dugraw said. “It’s a feeling of real pride to be in school and also be working on a feature story for a major television station. I don’t know many other students who have had such an extraordinary opportunity.”

“The Murrow School is the best around, hands down. Cable 8, specifically, has prepared me for life beyond school,” Loveless said. “I have been given the opportunity to produce, write, edit, shoot, anchor and do sports and weather. The Murrow School has certainly prepared me for a professional career.”

Travel arrangements for WSU students and professors is made possible by a gift from the Holiday Inn Seattle Center.