Shawnee residents looking for a hometown feel in their news can tune into Oklahoma Baptist University’s student-run news broadcast NEWS 30 on cable channel 30.

At 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, OBU students go from being college students to being anchors, directors and producers of a news broadcast. Sarah O’Hara said the cast covers anything and everything local from what’s happening at city hall to what’s happening down the street at Unity Health Center.


“We are geared more toward the (Shawnee) community,” O’Hara said. “We’re the only local newscast for Shawnee.”

All aspects of production are student produced. Students write, direct, produce and anchor to bring the live newscast to Shawnee TV sets.

“We all have to know what we’re doing and have to do it well,” she said.

O’Hara said students meet Tuesday nights to decide what stories will be in the newscast for the week. Students put together the script, graphics and get footage to accompany the stories. The students focus on local events and topics. O’Hara said there are some national stories that are important to the viewers, including the economy and elections.

O’Hara said the newscast also incorporates OBU information into the cast.


Shawnee residents looking for a hometown feel in their news can tune into Oklahoma Baptist University’s student-run news broadcast NEWS 30 on cable channel 30.
At 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, OBU students go from being college students to being anchors, directors and producers of a news broadcast. Sarah O’Hara said the cast covers anything and everything local from what’s happening at city hall to what’s happening down the street at Unity Health Center.
“We are geared more toward the (Shawnee) community,” O’Hara said. “We’re the only local newscast for Shawnee.”
All aspects of production are student produced. Students write, direct, produce and anchor to bring the live newscast to Shawnee TV sets.
“We all have to know what we’re doing and have to do it well,” she said.
O’Hara said students meet Tuesday nights to decide what stories will be in the newscast for the week. Students put together the script, graphics and get footage to accompany the stories. The students focus on local events and topics. O’Hara said there are some national stories that are important to the viewers, including the economy and elections.
O’Hara said the newscast also incorporates OBU information into the cast.
“We look to blend campus life into what’s happening in the community,” she said.
The main anchors of the newscast are Justin Mitchell and Mikela Hacker. Luke Small is the political anchor. There also is a sports anchor, and there are plans for a weather report at some point.
Most of the students involved are telecommunications and electronic media majors, but any student can be involved.
“Just show up and we’ll put you to work,” O’Hara said.
NEWS 30 has been airing since the mid-1980s, O’Hara said.
The news broadcast is provided by grant funding. The students received $50,000 from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The grant provided funding for a new control room audio system, as well as a new digital audio and video router to replace equipment that was more than 20 years old.
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Amanda Gire may be reached at 214-3934.