Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Media Contact:
Stephanie Zerweck


WASHINGTON (May 3, 2016) – “NewsVision,” a student-produced newscast, will return to WHUT-TV after a hiatus of more than 20 years, immediately following President Obama’s address at the 148th Commencement Convocation at Howard University on Saturday, May 7. 

The newscast originally debuted on WHUT in the late 1980s under the direction of the late Professor Lee Thornton, Ph.D., a former White House correspondent, to provide students with hands-on experience in all aspects of newscast production, ultimately preparing them for industry careers. Notable alumni who first began on WHUT include ESPN’s Stan Verrett, WUSA9’s Lesli Foster, CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and Jennifer Thomas, a veteran news producer and former CNN executive producer. Thomas, an assistant professor in Howard University’s School of Communication and a former Miss Howard, is the executive producer of NewsVision, assuming the same role as her former professor.

“This has been an amazing and humbling, full-circle experience,” said Thomas. “We all have worked extremely hard to keep Dr. Thornton’s legacy alive. I think she would be proud.”

NewsVision is produced by broadcast journalism seniors in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film in the School of Communications in partnership with WHUT-TV, a PBS station licensed to Howard University. The 30-minute newscast is the culmination of content written, reported and produced by journalists in the capstone course of the same name. It is scheduled to air at 12:30 p.m., following commencement. An encore presentation will broadcastat 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8. 

WHUT is the only public television station in the country licensed by a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).  General Manager Jefferi K. Lee is glad to have laid the groundwork for revising the project.   “At no other university program teaching television production in the Washington, D.C., region can a student expect to see his or her work appear on TV screens in over 2.5 million households,” he said. “Thus is the power of WHUT and Howard University."

This September, the School of Communications, led by Dean Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders, celebrates its 45th anniversary at the Newseum.  The School has trained journalists and media communication professionals through five of the most premier advertising, audio production, journalism, media management and public relations programs in the world.  With the motto, Excellence without Excuse, it looks forward to continuing its rich tradition in the years to come. 

After the final broadcast, on Sunday, May 8, check out whut.org for a recap page with a copy of the broadcast. For more information on the School of Communications, visit communications.howard.edu.

Follow NewsVision on Twitter: @NewsVisionHU, #HUNewsVision