Shortly after The Vermont Cynic won the nation’s top award for college media website last year, the organization’s photo editor, Natalie Williams, decided she wanted to step up the newspaper’s online game.
Phase 1: Create the position of multimedia editor, which would incorporate elements of photo, audio and video into VermontCynic.com. Phase 2: Produce some supremely dench videos.
Done. And. Done.
Williams, now the news organization’s multimedia editor, says the best is yet to come.
“Every week Cynic Video releases at least one video with news about UVM campus, Burlington or student life,” she said yesterday by email. “Half of our content corresponds with the print edition of the paper, and half is web exclusive and thought of by the video team.”
This year, she has more students than ever working the cameras—and microphones and editing bays—but says, “We are always looking for new additions to our staff!”
While it helps to have experience, Williams says that her team is ready to train anyone.
To get involved, stop by The Vermont Cynic office, on the ground floor of the Davis Center, at 2:30 p.m. any Thursday. Or email Williams at email@example.com.
The office suite—a studio plus three offices—is the one-time home of campus newspaper The Vermont Cynic, which in 2007 moved to its current offices in the Davis Center.
Steele, who toured the office suite last week and received confirmation this weekend that UVMtv would soon move in, said simply: “This is incredible.”
Locking down a studio space had been a priority for Steele, who was elected about the same time that Davis Center officials asked UVMtv to move out. At the time, the TV station was renting a pay-to-stay office space costing more than $12,000 a semester—an amount that UVMtv never came close to paying.
Unlike fellow student media organizations WRUV-FM and The Vermont Cynic, UVMtv had not been given a Davis Center workspace, mostly because the TV station didn’t quite exist when Davis Center plans were made more than a decade ago.
In 2008, a year after the Davis Center opened, UVMtv student leaders proposed moving into a storefront area that DC officials had been unable to rent, and in 2009 they moved in.
However, because the studio’s retail space was originally intended to generate income for UVM—and the Davis Center budget depended on the rental income—UVMtv’s students pledged to do enough fundraising to eventually pay their way. After four years, however, both DC and UVMtv officials concluded that the 25-person club simply would never be able to raise $25,000 a year.
During the 2012-13 academic year, a student health outreach office called Living Well, which the year before had moved into the storefront next to UVMtv, expressed interest in expanding. After a competitive bidding process, DC officials offered the space to Living Well, which could afford to pay its way.
Throughout the summer, Steele and UVMtv Technical Director Mike Cohen teamed up with UVM officials to locate a workable space. The former Cynic offices—located just beneath Ira Allen Chapel and accessible from iconic Billings Hall—had been used for years as a temporary work area for various UVM departments.
In recent weeks, UVM Vice Provost Annie Stevens zeroed in on the offices as a fitting home for UVMtv.
The station’s leaders couldn’t agree more.
“UVMtv is thrilled for the start of a new school year,” said Hailey Grohman, UVMtv’s communications director, “made even more exciting by a new space in the basement of Billings with tons of potential for growth and fun!”
UVMtv’s leaders are working with UVM officials to set a move-in date, when they’ll be able to move their studio equipment out of storage and truly begin the new academic year.
Though the move-in date has yet to be set, both sides know when they expect it to be: Soon.
Local TV news station WPTZ interviewed the Vermont Cynic editor-in-chief and managing editor this week as a way of covering a bizarre story in which a Craiglist ad implied that a group of 10 University of Vermont seniors wanted a sexy sexy mom to cook and clean for them in exchange for, um, sex. There’s been no proof that the ad came from anyone at UVM or even in the state of Vermont, but national blogs picked up the story and had a playful time with it.
WPTZ sent a reporter to talk to Editor Mike Eaton and M.E. Devin Karambelas about their coverage of the event. That, in toto, was kind of the end of WPTZ’s reporting on the issue.
Click through to see Eaton and Karambelas doing a fine job representing the Cynic and its work.
UVM’s student media groups worked the crowd and gathered a Ton O’ Names of new recruits yesterday at UVM’s Activities Fest, the fall semester’s biggest event for student organizations. Thousands of people gathered on the green between the Davis Center and Bailey-Howe Library to find out everything they could about getting involved at UVM.
Here’s a little of what they learned . . .
The Vermont Cynic provides the UVM community with weekly news, editorials, sports, fashion, technology and student life stories. Located on the first floor of the Davis Student Center, the Cynic has a long and rich tradition of journalism that extends to 1883, making this the paper’s 130th anniverary.
For more, check out the Cynic’s information page.
WRUV-FM features the largest collection of CD’s and vinyl in Vermont and an eclectic mix of anything and everything you might want to hear. Staffed by students and local DJs, the station offers everyone the chance to spin discs of some of the best music, months before most people have heard of it.
For more, check out the WRUV information page.
UVMtv stands out as the university’s source of student-generated, student-selected video content for everyone on campus. Actors, anchors, producers and other members of the UVMtv team come together to produce the best, most eclectic mix of entertainment.
Check out UVMtv information page for more.
UVMtv producers have continued to put out quality work this past semester. Regular readers of the blog already know about Rory Leland’s comedy-sports show Catsports Morning Sportscast, which dominated in the ratings from January to April. Take a peek now at reporter Molly Miller’s fine news story about UVM Little Bird, a news and gossip site run my an unidentified UVM student.
For more videos, check out UVMtv.org.
In the job, Karambelas writes national news stories for a college audience with the country’s highest-circulation paper. She is the third Cynic editor in as many years to land the job.
“Writing for USA TODAY has been an incredible experience,” Karambelas wrote in an email. “Interestingly enough, a few of my stories have made it to the main site in the Tech section (which surprises me because I’m really not that technologically savvy a person). The program affords students the freedom to pretty much write about anything of interest to them, which generally means it will be of interest to college students in general, too.”
As part of the program, Karambelas receives weekly feedback from USA Today editors and belongs to a Facebook group as a way to to stay in touch and “nerd out over the news with fellow journalism junkies,” she wrote:
I would say my favorite story so far was actually one that I co-wrote with fellow correspondent David Schick as a bonus story one week (usually we’re only expected to write one story per week). I reached out to him after the Justice Dept. seized the Associated Press’ phone records to see if we could work out a story from the collegiate angle. My limited knowledge of the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) told me that some college students at campus media organizations have to deal with this kind of pressure and abuse almost daily from their school’s administrations or police departments, and we wanted to bring those stories to light. It called for a lot of research but I think the end result was timely, meaningful and well-written.
My most recent story, “Craft brewing renaissance hits college campuses,” was a close second and inspired by living in Vermont where beer culture is thriving. I walked away with a lot of new knowledge on the micro brewing industry.
Karambelas serves as the Cynic’s managing editor until December 2013.
With the end of the academic year upon us and most of the WRUV executive board graduating, we’ll soon have a new WRUV “EB” leading the station into the 2013-14 year. So, as they transition out, here’s one last look at the departing execs.
Just one exec will be returning: program director Sadie Holliday, seen in this video at 1:13, will step into the role of station manager, WRUV’s top leadership position.
Coming up next week: The New EB!